WFF Summer Cinema Series returns 

Arts briefs: book award finalists unveiled; Holiday Market applications open

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - movie stars Catch an array of flicks under the stars as part of the WFF Summer Cinema Series in Creekside.
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  • movie stars Catch an array of flicks under the stars as part of the WFF Summer Cinema Series in Creekside.

The Whistler Film Festival is bringing back its Summer Cinema Series for a second year.

Last week, the organization unveiled the (family-friendly) movies it will be screening outdoors in Creekside from Aug. 13 until Sept. 3.

The first of the four-part series is the John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club on Aug. 13. That will be followed by The Sandlot, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, on Aug. 20 and Back to the Future on Aug. 27, capping off with Almost Famous on Sept. 3.

The free event will start at dusk each week—around 8 p.m.—at the base of Whistler Mountain next to Dusty's Bar and BBQ. Movie-goers are welcome to bring their own lawn chair, blow up chair or blanket. Food and beverages will also be for sale on site.

Book award finalists unveiled

The Whistler Independent Book Awards unveiled its finalists for 2018 last week.

In the fiction category they include T.G. Brown for Harvest (A Josh Ingram Novel), Laurel Deedrick-Mayne for A Wake for the Dreamland, Emma L.R. Hogg for Winona Rising and Mike Sadava for The Project.

The non-fiction finalists are Mark Cote for That Lucky Old Son, Louise Szabo, Barbara Brown, Jan Jacobson and Wendy Quarry for Travel Dreams and Nightmares—Four Women Explore the World and Toko-pa Turner for Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home.

The awards honour the best self-published authors of the year through a juried process. (This year the judges include Gail Anderson-Dargatz and Darcie Friesen Hossack for fiction and J.J. Lee and Susan Oakey-Baker as non-fiction judges.)

"The judges were impressed with both the quality and variety of submissions received from across the country," according to a release. "Particularly stiff competition in the fiction category led to the nomination of four titles, a first for the awards."

The winners will receive a prize package that includes national distribution through LitDistCo and an appearance at the Whistler Writers Festival as well as publicity.

The winners will be announced at the festival, which takes place from Oct. 11 to 14.

Holiday market opens for applications

Heading into the dog days of summer, it might be hard to think ahead to the holidays, but Arts Whistler is doing just that.

The organization is currently accepting applications for its Holiday Market (formerly Bizarre Bazaar) up until Sept. 9. Every year, the event showcases over 100 vendors from around the Sea to Sky corridor and across B.C.—selling handmade items that range from art to clothes to home décor and treats.

The only requirements to submit an application are the artist must create the work they're selling and be Arts Whistler members. (The event runs simultaneously with Bratz Biz—which features the work of young entrepreneurs—but that event has a separate application process.)

It takes place on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 at the Whistler Conference Centre. To apply, visit artswhistler.com/event/arts-whistler-holiday-market-vendor-applications.

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