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Locals provide leadup to Convergence Writers’ Weekend

Local Kootenay authors will offer warmup events during May for June’s 6th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend, this year featuring Toronto novelist and memoirist Joy Kogawa.

“Coffee with a Writer” sessions will be held at noon at New Denver’s Outlet Youth Centre, 306 6th Ave., with Nakusp author Claire Paradis on May 25. A third “Coffee with a Writer” session will be held at noon May 18 at the Nakusp Library 92, 6th Ave. NW, with Fernie writer Keith Liggett.

Convergence Writers’ Weekend will be held this year at Silverton, B.C.’s Silverton Gallery. Besides a talk by Kogawa on June 7 that is open to the public, writing workshops for registrants will be held June 8 led by Liggett and Slocan Valley author and Selkirk College writing instructor Leesa Dean. More information, including how to register, is available at online.

The free “Coffee with a Writer” session in Nakusp is hosted by Paradis, who will be at the Outlet Centre May 25, is a former associate editor of the Arrow Lakes News. Besides her work as a journalist, she is the author of short stories, micro-memoirs, and poetry.

Liggett, who will be at the Nakusp Library on May 18, has had his writing appear in major ski journals and more than 75 newspapers. He has published an award-winning cookbook, two collections of poems, and, in 2015, The Fernie Originals, a series of profiles of Fernie, B.C. businesses and essays about the town. He also organizes literary programing for Cranbrook, B.C.’s St. Eugene Resort.

This year’s Convergence is co-sponsored by Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace, the Columbia Basin Trust, Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Area K director Paul Peterson and Area H director Walter Popoff, and RDCK’s Recreation Commission No. 6.