Sunday, May 31, 2009



Nelson lit lovers alert!

Heather Spears, Governor General and Pat Lowther Award winning poet and artist, is reading at the Nelson Municipal Library on Monday, June 1, 7PM.

Heather lives in Denmark now, so it's not like we have the opportunity to hear her read every day.

Because I'm trying to be both inside and outside today, I'm going to copy from the blurb Anne DeGrace, our Southeast regional rep for the Federation of BC Writers sent out :

"A multiple-award-winning poet is coming to Nelson. Governor-General’s Award-winning author Heather Spears reads from her new collection of poetry, I can Still Draw, June 1st at 7pm at the Nelson Library. The new volume, illustrated with the author’s beautiful, sensitive renderings, is nominated for the 2009 Pat Lowther Award.

In 1989 Ms. Spears’s collection The Word for Sand won both the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry and the Pat Lowther Award. She won her first Pat Lowther Award in 1987 for How to Read Faces, and her most recent in 2002 for Required Reading: a witness in words and drawings to the Reena Virk trials 1998-2000.

Heather Spears has held over 75 solo exhibitions and published 11 collections of poetry, four novels, a nonfiction series on visual perception, and three books of drawings in addition to her books of poetry. It is a rare gift to have her read in Nelson."

If you've not seen the sort of drawings Heather does, you owe it to yourself to have a look at the links above to get an idea of the incredibly beautiful work she does. I'm hoping she'll have books for sale.

The winner of the Pat Lowther Award will be announced in a couple of weeks, at the League of Canadian Poets' 43rd Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in Vancouver, June 12-14.

And speaking of the middle of June, there's Write in the Kootenays, thanks to the Fed's Anne DeGrace and a whole bunch of people in and around Creston who are organizing the weekend of workshops, readings, and camaradarie June 12-14. Details about all the wonderful workshops, presenters, etc., plus a downloadable registration form may be found here.

Love to chat, but it's outside to the garden for me!


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