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Authors Susan Raby-Dunne and Bill Arnott will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Friday, Oct. 15. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Writers share the spotlight at Oct. 15 Electric Mermaid in Port Alberni

Literary event will take place in person at Char’s Landing and via Zoom

 

Carola Dunn and Alex Passey will be the two featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Electric Mermaid invites readers, listeners to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Authors Carola Dunn and Alex Passey will be the featured readers on Sept. 17

 

Margaret Growcott and her new book, “Bales & Spires.” (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VALLEY SENIORS: Margaret Growcott has a lifetime passion for writing and music

Growcott’s first novel, Bales & Spires, will be released this month

  • Aug 28, 2021

 

Gwynne Hunt of Port Alberni holds up a copy of her newest book, “Through My Lens.” (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni author makes shocking family discovery during research for book

Gwynne Hunt’s latest of five books, Through My Lens, tries to make sense of it all

Gwynne Hunt of Port Alberni holds up a copy of her newest book, “Through My Lens.” (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Linda K. Thompson has written a new book, Black Bears in the Carrot Field. She will be reading from it at the monthly Electric Mermaid event at Char’s Landing Aug. 20, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni author to launch book of poetry at in-person Electric Mermaid event

Cookbook and cooking lifestyle author Kate McDermott will attend via Zoom

Linda K. Thompson has written a new book, Black Bears in the Carrot Field. She will be reading from it at the monthly Electric Mermaid event at Char’s Landing Aug. 20, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Catherine Macdonald is the author of mystery novel “So Many Windings.” (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

Two Canadian mystery authors to read at online literary event

Electric Mermaid: Live Reads takes place online via Zoom on the third Friday of each month

Catherine Macdonald is the author of mystery novel “So Many Windings.” (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
Francine Cunningham is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist and educator. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Electric Mermaid online event hosts panel of Indigenous writers

Event takes place through Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Francine Cunningham is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist and educator. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Paige Beardsworth with Tucker, the inspiration for her book “Talented Tucker’s Tricks.” (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Talented Port Alberni pooch inspires children’s book

The book is geared mainly to children aged 3-7

  • May 27, 2021
Paige Beardsworth with Tucker, the inspiration for her book “Talented Tucker’s Tricks.” (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Joseph A. Dandurand is a Kwantlen First Nation writer. (Langley Advance Times File Photo)

Indigenous poet and NYT bestseller to read at Electric Mermaid

Electric Mermaid: Live Reads from Char’s Landing takes place online via Zoom on Friday, May 21

Joseph A. Dandurand is a Kwantlen First Nation writer. (Langley Advance Times File Photo)
Nanaimo poet Kamal Parmar will read some of her poems at Rendezvous with a Poet on Sunday, April 25. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Nanaimo poet to read at virtual Port Alberni event

Rendezvous with a Poet is hosted by Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Nanaimo poet Kamal Parmar will read some of her poems at Rendezvous with a Poet on Sunday, April 25. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Vicki McLeod will be presenting her pictures of “wild swimming” at an online women’s Zoom event, YakFest, on April 5. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

‘Wild swimming’ offers a cure for the COVID-19 blues

Nanaimo author Vicki McLeod shares her wild swimming experience

Vicki McLeod will be presenting her pictures of “wild swimming” at an online women’s Zoom event, YakFest, on April 5. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Vicki McLeod and David Aston will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on March 19. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

Non-fiction writers take a turn at Electric Mermaid in Port Alberni

Live reading event from Char’s Landing is scheduled for Friday, March 19

Vicki McLeod and David Aston will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on March 19. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
Cowichan Valley writer Jennifer Manuel will headlining YakFest on March 1. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Cowichan Valley writer to headline next YakFest on March 1

YakFest is a B.C.-based monthly women’s event held online via Zoom

Cowichan Valley writer Jennifer Manuel will headlining YakFest on March 1. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of more than 25 novels for young people. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of more than 25 novels for young people. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jacqueline Carmichael started YakFest in December 2020 in an effort to provide an outlet for women to connect and have fun. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Online event features Vancouver Island writers, panelists and ‘laughter yoga’

YakFest bills itself as “part book club, part girls’ night out, all awesome.”

Jacqueline Carmichael started YakFest in December 2020 in an effort to provide an outlet for women to connect and have fun. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Tragic Fools will be released on Jan. 7. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni author pens comic romp through the afterlife

Port Alberni author Kim Cormack releasing her newest sci-fi and fantasy novel on Jan. 7

Tragic Fools will be released on Jan. 7. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Bruce Hornidge and Janet Miller will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid: Live Reads at Char’s Landing on Nov. 20. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New literary event makes virtual debut in Port Alberni

Bruce Hornidge and Janet Miller will be featured readers at Electric Mermaid

Bruce Hornidge and Janet Miller will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid: Live Reads at Char’s Landing on Nov. 20. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni author Diane Dobson has put together a collection of childhood memories, with proceeds going towards the Ty Watson House. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni writer looks through the eyes of a child

Book raises funds for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society

Port Alberni author Diane Dobson has put together a collection of childhood memories, with proceeds going towards the Ty Watson House. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Andrea Monticue and Herb Bruce will be the featured readers at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 28. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Words on Fire goes international

Spoken word event will take place on Fridays instead of Wednesdays starting next month

Andrea Monticue and Herb Bruce will be the featured readers at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 28. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Poet Lozan Yamolky will take the stage at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 14. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Two writers featured at virtual Alberni Valley Words on Fire

Next open mic and spoken word event takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 14

Poet Lozan Yamolky will take the stage at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 14. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)