Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

fwa thumbnail.jpgThe Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Canada's longest-running literary festival with a mandate to present Canadian writers only, will celebrate its 30tanniversary August 16-19, 2012.

Writers and readers from across the country and throughout the province gather in the beautiful Festival Pavilion, tucked in a corner of the heritage Rockwood Gardens in Sechelt. The festival is casual and friendly. Never been? Don't let the words "literary festival" intimidate you. It's all about good storytelling. The festival is informal and fun and there really is something for everyone. You can learn more about the writers by picking up a copy of the festival brochure (available in a variety of places including bookstores and libraries) or going to the festival's website at www.writersfestival.ca.

CBC Radio personalities Sheryl MacKay, Shelagh Rogers and Patrick Munro (now retired and living in Pender Harbour) will be on hand to help with hosting duties.

The festival is pleased to bring back some writer's from the past:  Gail Bowen, Wayson Choy, Lorna Crozier, Michael Crummey, Camilla Gibb, Patrick Lane, Peter Robinson, Jane Urquhart and Richard Wagamese. all.

Charlotte Gill (winner of BC's Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and a new resident of Powell River), Douglas Gibson, Anne Michaels, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner and TV journalist Linden MacIntyre, Ami McKay, JJ Lee and Joel Bakan make their first festival appearances along with Robyn Michele Levy and Kim Clark. These two writers will share the stage in our annual New Voices event that features writers who have published first books. Noah Richler will deliver the annual Bruce Hutchison Memorial Lecture and the festival will wrap up on Sunday night, August 19 with a jazz quartet featuring singer/songwriter/actress Rebecca Jenkins.

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