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February 09, 2010

First Annual Galiano Island Literary Festival


Book lovers looking to soothe spirit and soul while escaping Vancouver’s Olympic check points and traffic snarls have another option in the peaceful and beautiful Southern Gulf Islands.

The first annual Galiano Literary Festival will be held February 19 to 21st, 2010, offering more than 25 vibrant Western Canadian voices and a gorgeous weekend away at Vancouver’s closest Gulf Island.

The Festival will get underway with an intimate welcoming reception on the evening of Friday, February 19th, 2010. Throughout the weekend, festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet a variety of writers from the Gulf Islands and across British Columbia in an intimate and casual setting. While the Festival schedule will be stimulating, visitors can anticipate having a few quiet hours to walk along Galiano Island’s beautiful beaches and serene forests.

Throughout the weekend, the Festival schedule includes readings and talks by over 25 writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry including John Barton, George Bowering, Norma Charles, Sean Cranbury, Dede Crane, Anthony Dalton, William Deverell, Ann Eriksson, Jenn Farrell, Pam Freir, Bill Gaston, Gary Geddes, Kim Goldberg, Margaret Griffiths, Geoff Inverarity, Michael Kenyon, Francis Mansbridge, Teresa McWhirter, Catherine Owen, Jamie Reid, Linda L. Richards, Timothy Taylor, Audrey Thomas, Harry Thurston, Rhea Tregebov, Alan Twigg, Gudrun Will, Rhonda Ganz, Mike Christie and George Sipos.

A full slate of workshops and panels will discuss a wide variety of book and writing-related topics including how to develop a writing style, how to get published, and the future of the printed page in the e-book age. All of this will occur in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere where visitors will be able to talk one-to-one with writers and fellow book lovers, or just sit back and enjoy the conversation. 

The Festival will take place at the Galiano Inn, a world-class resort that will provide a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Festival organizers anticipate an intimate and vibrant event. 

The Galiano Inn is just a very short walk from the ferry dock and Galiano Island Books, so visitors coming to the Island for the Festival can leave cars at home or at the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.

Registration for the weekend is $150.00 per person, which includes the opening reception, admission to all sessions, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival-goers may choose to attend for a single day. The cost for one day’s Festival events, including lunch, is $85.00 or $40 for the morning session, without lunch.

Attendees are also welcome to join the authors on Saturday evening for dinner and conversation. The dinner is $25.00 per person (excluding beverages).

Event tickets can be purchased at Galiano Island Books or by calling 1-877-795-BOOK (2665). The full festival program will be available soon at www.galianoislandbooks.com .

Lodging is available at the Galiano Inn through their website at www.galianoinn.com or on their toll free reservation line at 1-877-530-3939.

Accommodations for the weekend, including cabins, bed and breakfasts and lodges, can be found through The Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce on their web site at www.galianoisland.com.

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