• Points of Departure Reading Series

    Save the Date: May 23

    The second event in Whistler’s “Points of Departure Reading Series” brings Giller Prize winning author Lynn Coady to the mountains for a literary evening focused on short fiction. On May 23, 2014 at 8pm at Millennium Place Coady will be joined by award-winning novelist Bill Gaston and local writer Katherine Fawcett who will each be reading from their respective works. Local writer and musician Stephen Vogler will be moderating the evening.

    Lynn Coady is a novelist and essayist whose fiction has garnered acclaim since her first novel, Strange Heaven, was published and subsequently nominated for the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction. Most recently, her short story collection Hellgoing won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award, which her novel, The Antagonist, was also nominated for in 2011. Coady has been a journalist, magazine editor and advice columnist and most recently has branched into TV writing as a resident of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Program.

    Bill Gaston’s most recent short-story collection, Gargoyles, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and won the ReLit Award and the City of Victoria Butler Prize. His previous collection, Mount Appetite, was a finalist for the Giller Prize. He was the inaugural recipient of the Timothy Findley Prize, awarded by the Writers Trust of Canada. His latest novel, The World, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Gaston’s fiction has also won the CBC Literary Prize and the National magazine Award, and has frequently appeared in Best Canadian Stories. He lives in Victoria.

    Katherine Fawcett lives in Pemberton BC, a former journalist and commercial writer, Katherine turned to fiction several years ago. Since then her writing has been published in literary magazines across Canada and has won several prestigious awards including The Federation of BC Writers Short Fiction contest and EVENT Magazine’s Creative Non-Fiction contest. She is the author of A Whistler Bear Story and the children’s book Mushkid. Her adult short fiction collection The Little Washer of Sorrows and Other Stories is currently under consideration at several publishing houses.

    The moderator for the evening is the author of Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town and Top of the Pass: Whistler and the Sea-to-Sky Country. He has contributed his writing to CBC Radio’s Ideas and DNTO programs, as well as to Explore Magazine, The Globe and Mail and the Georgia Straight among other publications. Stephen performs his original music both solo and with bands Some Assembly Required and The Hounds of Buskerville. He also hosts the monthly arts showcase Creative 5 Eclectic, and is the founder of The Point Artist-Run Centre in Whistler.

    The Points of Departure Reading Series is a collaboration between the Whistler Writers Festival and The Point Artist-Run Centre. These events are an extension of the annual fall Whistler Writers Festival and aim to raise awareness of the talent within the community, as well as bringing well-known literary figures from Canada to the Sea-to-Sky area. The Westin Resort and Spa is graciously supporting the series by hosting the visiting authors during their stay in Whistler, which is greatly appreciated by all parties.