Wednesday, December 18, 2013



Last night's reading in Nelson by nine local writers raised both the spirits of those present and lots of cash for the Nelson Food Cupboard. It was one of those "we need more chairs!" events. Even the beautiful paintings in the background have a literary connection. They're by Argenta artist, Deb Borsos and they're all inspired by books that she loves. 
A little pre-reading schmoozing

This year's reading was a fundraiser for the Nelson Food Cupboard, a food bank that supports up to 1,000 people every month. That's Tim and Kim, from the Food Cupboard, and Samara who was selling books on behalf of Otter Books.

More schmoozing

Of course there was food (I brought the cheese crackers and a couple of people who were in the audience)

The place was packed

Jane Byers who has a first collection of poetry coming out in the spring! She has a website in the works.

Ernest Hekkanen, everyone's favourite reluctant author
Cyndi Sand-Eveland read a beautiful CNF piece

Here's Rita Moir, one of the readers, and Susan Andrews Grace

Of course there were door prizes. Susan Andrews Grace won one of them.

Danielle Corbin played piano during the breaks and stepped up as the mic-adjust person. Here, she's making it work for Mark Nykanen

Jennifer Craig  had us in stitches reading an excerpt from her novel-in-progress about a waitress who loses her job and decides to start a grow-op in her basement to make ends meet

Tom Wayman, 2013 winner of the Acorn-Plantos Award for Dirty Snow
Tom read from his latest collection of poetry from Oolichan Books, Winter's Skin, Anne DeGrace, organizer and MC 

L-R Linda Crosfield, Rita Moir, Anne DeGrace, Cyndi Sand-Eveland, Ernest Hekkanen 
And because I first heard the term at this reading (thanks, Bill Metcalfe), here's my shelfie!


Marcia Braundy said...

It was a delightful event and very difficult to determine which I liked the best. But I think you are turning the word in the way described by Anne, as it is my understanding that the term is "Selfie"

I love your blessed poetry!

Linda Crosfield said...

Thank you, Marcia. It really was a great evening. But no, it's a shelfie when you take one in front of your bookshelf!

Carla Braidek said...

the idea of an evening of poetry for the community is brilliant. Perhaps we will do something like this. Maybe arts for the community.
happy solstice.