Tuesday, November 08, 2011

ANNE DEGRACE BOOK LAUNCH & LATEST YMIR WRITERS' RETREAT



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There wasn't a seat in the house last month when Nelson author Anne DeGrace launched her fourth book, a novel comprised of linked stories, Flying With Amelia. You can hear her read an excerpt from it over at Vimeo.





Anne used to be the rep for the Federation of BC Writers, South East Region. She got the Ymir retreats started and even though she couldn't join us for the most recent one, that's where I was last weekend. Once again fifteen of us took over the Ymir Palace Hotel in Ymir, BC. (Near Castlegar. Near Nelson.) We feasted, we wrote, we drank a little wine, we laughed. Good weekend.

 I'm about to head off again, Toronto this time. As a result, this post is going to be heavy on photos and light on words. 

The food was wonderful.




This time the Friday night dinner was catered by hotel owners, Ross and Belinda. Delicious carrot-ginger soup to start, then ratatouille and roast potatoes. 

Saturday night everyone read something after dinner. Here's Mary and Randi in listening mode.
Natasha 
Cynthia
Patricia, our regional representative for the Federation of BC Writers. She did an amazing job organizing this weekend.
Wei Yin
Arlene
Mary
Madeleine 
Dorothy
Patricia and me
Doreen
Randi

Madeleine
Sue
Shirley
Monica
Heather offered two short exercises to shake us loose each morning
The smiles tell the story. Great weekend!
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3 comments:

Patricia said...

Thanks Linda for being the official photographer of literary West Kootenay! The photos are great, capturing us in the midst of reading our work!

Wasn't it interesting that a few of us read from our laptops!

Anne said...

Looks like a fabulous time was had by all, and Patricia clearly did a great job. Sorry I missed it.

Linda, thanks for the great pics of Ymir retreat and my launch!

Anne

Linda Crosfield said...

Patricia and Anne, thanks for the comments! It was a great weekend, truly, and we missed you, Anne.