Hay, Wachtel among speakers at Shuswap Bookfest

Okanagan College’s inaugural Shuswap Bookfest is bringing two internationally renowned writers to Salmon Arm.

  • Sep. 20, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Okanagan College’s inaugural Shuswap Bookfest is bringing two internationally renowned writers to Salmon Arm.

On stage will be Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, Oct. 1, and Elizabeth Hay, winner of the Giller Prize for her novel Late Nights on Air, Oct. 2.

Both presentations take place at the Salmar Classic Theatre  and begin at 7 p.m.

Shuswap Bookfest is a community event that aims to bring book lovers and writers together and build public dialogue and discussion.

The events take place over the course of two evenings and kick off with Wachtel’s unique talk entitled The Lives of Writers, which will include interview clips with great writers and will look at several aspects of the relationship between the writer, their work and the readers. The event will be moderated by Okanagan College professor Tim Walters.

Hay will be introducing her new book, His Whole Life, and will be interviewed on stage by Okanagan College English professor Alix Hawley, whose latest book, All True Not a Lie in It, won the 2015 Amazon.ca/Walrus First Novel Award.

The audience will have an opportunity to engage with the presenters in a question-and-answer period following each event.

Copies of Hay’s latest book will be for sale in the lobby of the Salmar Classic, and she will be available for autographs following the event.

Tickets are at $20 per person or $10 for seniors (aged 65 or older) and students. Tickets for both nights are $30 per person or $15 for seniors and students and are available at both Salmar theatre box offices, Wearabouts Clothing, the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College and online at www.SalmarTheatre.com.

The Prestige Harbourfront Resort has special room rates available for audience members from out of town.

The Shuswap Bookfest is possible thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm and the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. Community partners include the Shuswap Writers Association and the Salmar Community Association.