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History, Prose and Poetry  - A very special evening with authors Lorna Crozier, Wendy Wickwire and Sylvia Olsen

Please join us for a very special evening of storytelling with local authors Lorna Crozier, Wendy Wickwire and Sylvia Olsen. 

Everyone is welcome to attend! The doors will open at 6:30 pm for socializing over coffee and dessert. The presentation will begin at 7. There will be a short time for questions after each speaker, and if time permits after the readings we’ll open up the floor for dialogue with all three guests. 

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This is a non-partisan event, hosted by the BC Green Party Riding Association in Saanich North and the Islands. 

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unnamed.jpg Every once in a while, an important historical figure makes an appearance, makes a difference, and then disappears from the public record. James Teit (1864–1922) was such a figure. Teit spent four decades helping British Columbia’s Indigenous peoples in their challenge of the settler-colonial assault on their lives and territories. Yet his story is little known. Wendy Wickwire’s beautifully crafted book and the evening's presentation, are long-overdue correctives, consolidating Teit’s place as an innovative anthropologist and one of the leading political activists of the 20th century.
In this her 16th book, renowned poet Lorna Crozier offers another masterful collection of poems inspired by nature, this time set in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve in Southeastern Ontario. The House the Spirit Builds explores landscapes, human-crafted and natural, from a variety of angles. A slice of light falling across a tablecloth, three oranges in a red bowl, a black beetle on a leaf: poems that speak of moments “when the dragonfly lands and grips the skin / on the back of your hand” or “rain stops falling / but / hangs around / like the shape of lust / in bedsheets”—the impressions and expression vary, but all are informed by sense of place and aim to take understanding to a more visceral plane. 
Sylvia Olsen is a story-teller. Twenty years ago she decided to write some of her stories down. Twenty books later she still has more stories to tell. Thanks to Sono Nis Press and Orca Books we can read Sylvia’s stories and share many of them with our children. Her latest book Neekah’s Knitting Needles is a collaboration between Sylvia, Saanich Peninsula’s amazing artist, Sheena Lott, and Tsartlip’s own Odelia Smith.
“From award-winning author Sylvia Olsen comes a lyrical celebration of the tradition of Cowichan knitting among the Coast Salish peoples and the joy of creating something with your hands.” Canadian Teacher Magazine.
Tue. Mar 17, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tex McLeod ·
Mary Winspear Centre
2243 Beacon Ave
Sidney, BC V8L 1W9
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