Diverse lineup of authors to read at Vertigo Voices

Vernon's Gallery Vertigo brings in authors from around the province and across Canada as part of Vertigo Voices.

For the last six years, Gallery Vertigo has brought in authors from around the province and across Canada as part of Vertigo Voices.

“Vertigo Voices was started by John Lent and other writers in the area as a forum for authors to not only give readings, but to talk about their writing and artistic process,” said Laisha Rosnau, a local novelist and poet who has a writing studio at Gallery Vertigo. “We try to keep it informal, with a lot of back and forth discussion between the authors and the audience.”

There are two remaining Vertigo Voices readings. On Thursday, Nov. 22  recent Mackie Lake House writers-in-residence, Terry Jordan and Brenda Schmidt, will read.

Jordan is an award-winning fiction writer, essayist and dramatist whose stage plays have been produced across the country. He’ll read from recent work, some created while at Mackie Lake House.

Schmidt is a writer, visual artist, naturalist and blogger based in northern Saskatchewan who has published four books of poetry. Schmidt will be appear via Skype from Saskatchewan to read from Flight Calls, a book of essays that she began during her time as writer-in-residence at Mackie Lake House.

On Nov. 29, poets and professors Nancy Holmes and Sonnet L’Abbe will read from their work and discuss the roles that the environment plays in their work and research.

Holmes is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Flicker Tree: Okanagan Poems and is the editor of Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems.

L’Abbe is the author of two collections of poetry, a book reviewer for The Globe and Mail, and her work has been included in Best Canadian Poetry 2009 and 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 CBC Literary Award for poetry.

Doors to the the Vertigo Voices Reading Series open at 7:30 p.m. and readings begin at 8 p.m. Gallery Vertigo is located at 31-3001-31 St. upstairs. All are welcome, by donation. For more information, call (250) 503-2297.