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Birds, Elders featured at Slocan Library Authors reading

By Contributor
March 6th, 2017

The Slocan Community Library has two exciting authors’ readings planned for you this spring.

On Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. Richard Cannings and Lee Reid will present new books of interest to valley residents, one focusing on birdlife, and the other on people you may know.

On Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m., Barbara Brown invites you to view her film, paintings and beautiful book Sylvan Reflections: Wanderings, Paintings and Ponderings from the Forest.

Lee’s book, Growing Home: The Legacy of Kootenay Elders, is about creative aging in our rural community. The stories celebrate the lives of valley seniors who live in Winlaw, New Denver and Pass Creek. Growing Home was edited by Anne De Grace and Rita Moir, friends of our library. It is illustrated with vibrant photography by Rod Currie of Appledale.

Samples of Rod’s scenic photography are part of our current display in the library. Lee’s book is newly published, and being launched this month. Besides valley stories and people, her theme will include pointers for writing and self-publishing a book. As a bird lover and protector, Lee Reid is looking forward to Richard Cannings’ presentation.

Richard Cannings, is the Member of Parliament for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, as well as a bestselling author and renowned bird specialist. 

Birds of Britsh Columbia and the Pacific Northwest – A Complete Guide, was published in 2016 by Richard Cannings, Tom Aversa and Hal Opperman. It is a comprehensive resource book with information and photographs tailored to our region, focusing on 412 species that reliably occur annually.

The public is urged to attend March 12 to enjoy tales of courage and resilience, creativity and humour and knowledge gleaned from lives well-lived. Learn a bit about working collaboratively on a project such as the bird guide, and about the process involved in getting your work published. Bring your curiosity and questions.

And do mark April 8 on your calendar for a vicarious walk in the forest with Barbara Brown.

These events are free and hosted by the library volunteers. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The library is located in the Village of Slocan on Harold Street.

Photo Caption: Member of Parliament for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding Richard Cannings is authors set to read March 12. — Submitted photo

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