Wildfire lookouts, coastal survivalists, human rights champions, oh my! On Monday, April 23rd, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (350 West Georgia St, Alice McKay Room), the public is invited to step into the lives of three authors and one artist, each with their own unique story of how they came to shape and be shaped by this land we live on.
Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his ancestral home on Vancouver Island. Later in life, the discovery of his Liǥwildax̱w/Kwakwaka’wakw heritage would be the conceptual focal point that helped launch his unique art practice. He will present art from Sonny Assu: A Selective History (Heritage 2018).
Mary Theresa Kelly chronicles the beauty, drama, and uniqueness of life as a wildfire lookout observer in the Shuswap Lake area. Her relationship with Daniel and their nomadic friends makes for interesting creative nonfiction in her memoir, On Mockingbird Hill: Memories of Dharma Bums, Madcaps, and Fire Lookouts (Caitlin Press 2017).
Joanna Streetly grew up in Trinidad and moved to Vancouver to study Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Leadership. In 1990 she moved to Tofino and in her collection of essays, Wild Fierce Life: Dangerous Moments on the Outer Coast (Caitlin Press 2018), captures the fragility and power of coastal BC.
Gian Singh Sandhu became the founding president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada in 1984 and remains active in that group today. His immigration story from India to Williams Lake, BC in 1970 reveals an intimate journey of human rights victories and Punjabi labour in BC lumber. He will present from An Uncommon Road: How Canadian Sikhs Struggled Out of the Fringes and Into the Mainstream (Echo 2018).
The evening will be emceed by Michael Despotovic of Caitlin Press. Books will be available for sale by Massy Books, and all are welcome. Admission is free. RSVP at https://www.bcbookday.eventbrite.ca.