Local lovers of literature will be spoiled for choice this week as a series of authors are bound for the North Island in the coming days.
First off, the North Island College’s Write Here series concludes tomorrow night as poet Wanda John-Kehewin comes to Cafe Guido in Port Hardy to read from her new book, In the Dog House, the event following last month’s well-received visit from Kitimaat author Eden Robinson as part of the same series.
John-Kehewin’s poetry explores colonization and its legacy from a First Nations woman’s perspective, tackling painful and taboo issues with unflinching honesty.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.
On April 30, the mother-daughter duo of Yvonne Maaximchuk and Theda Phoenix will return to the North Island after a promotional tour of the Central Island region.
Artist Maximchuk has penned a new memoir, Drawn to Sea, which recounts her experiences moving to Echo Bay and the adventures had there, while Phoenix will perform songs from her new release, Legacy.
The pair will appear Apr. 30 in the U’mista Cultural Centre at 12:30 p.m. before heading to Port Hardy for a 7 p.m. performance at Cafe Guido. On May 1 the duo will be at the Sointula Library at 7 p.m. and round out their presentations with a May 3 visit to Port McNeill’s A-frame church, also at 7 p.m.
Port Alice’s own Francis Guenette will read from her new book, Disappearing in Plain Sight, on May 1.
The reading will be held 7:30 p.m. at the Port Alice branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and Guenette will take questions following the reading.