Creating Whistler’s gift 

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Whistler Reads has also received approval from Whistler Public Library to create a special book art sculpture to complement this panel discussion and the Whistler Arts Council's annual ArtWalk activities. Organizers are still collecting book donations from literary lovers (donations can be made at the book bin inside the WPL entry). Sandy Ryan of Whistler Welding is welding steel lattice scaffolding into a fountain-like shape as a basic structure to shingle open books onto. Anyone interested in helping assemble the structure can e-mail .

The completed piece will remain on display in the entry of the WPL for the summer, and be auctioned off afterwards, with proceeds going towards future Whistler Reads and WPL events.

Workshopping with the best

Whistler area writers who are interested in perfecting their works of fiction and non-fiction are urged to book one of the few remaining spots in the Vicious Circle's annual writing residency program.

This year, the program features two writers in residence: Wayne Grady, author of Tree, Bringing Back the Dodo and The Bone Museum , and Merilyn Simonds, author of The Convict Lover , the short story collection The Lion in the Room Next Door , and The Holding . Grady and Simonds will work with a group of 10 writers apiece throughout September, workshopping fiction and non-fiction with a series of one-on-one sessions and group lectures on the craft.

Anyone interested in participating in the program, which costs $250, must submit a short synopsis of their work to be developed during the residency, plus a manuscript, by Monday, Aug. 10. There are only seven spots left.

For more information, visit .

Summer of Funny deadline moved back

Pique Newsmagazine's Summer of Funny writing contest is well underway and great submissions are already coming in. However, given the late announcement of the contest, we've decided to move the deadline date back a month to give people more time to prepare. The new deadline is Friday, Aug. 28, with the winning submissions running in our Labour Day issue.

Pique is accepting humorous short stories, scripts, long format jokes and poems, and will be giving $400 in prize money to the top submissions. Pique's editorial staff will determine the winners, with a maximum prize of $250 for an outstanding submission.

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