As self-isolation becomes commonplace, book lovers suddenly have ample reading time. Starting Tuesday they’ll also have the chance to join an interactive virtual reading series with nearly a dozen Okanagan writers.
Hosted by Read Local Okanagan - a pop-up bookshop featuring 52 books and 24 writers from the valley - the webinar series gives guests the chance to interact with writers via chat questions, polling, and a live Q&A session at the end of each reading.
“Readings, and art in general, can be such a balm during tough times, so we thought hosting a literary reading series online would be a way we could help uplift and connect our community in the only way we can right now,” says Natalie Appleton, writer and founder of Read Local Okanagan.
“We’re so excited about the lineup of writers and the chance to support arts organizations that support us as writers.”
A portion of the proceeds will go towards a handful of non-profit arts initiatives in the Okanagan, including Kelowna Friends of Library and the Caetani Cultural Centre.
The lineup for the webinar series is as follows:
- Writers: Alix Hawley (All True, Not a Lie in It, My Name is a Knife) Shelley Wood (The Quintland Sisters), and Francie Greenslade (Shelter).
- Theme: Survival
- Non-profit to benefit: Kelowna Friends of the Library
- Writers: Renowned poets John Lent (A Matins Flywheel) and Sharon Thesen (The Receiver).
- Theme: TBA
- Non-profit: TBA
- Writers: Patti Shales Lefkos (Nepal One Day at a Time), Natalie Appleton (I Have Something to Tell You) and Michelle Doege (Wherever I Find Myself).
- Theme: Travel
- Non-profit: Caetani Cultural Centre
- Writers: Adam Lewis Schroeder (All Day Breakfast), Corrina Chong (Belinda’s Rings), and Sean Johnston (Listen all You Bullets).
- Theme: Deception
- Non-profit: Penticton & Area Access Centre
The cost is $10 for all four readings. Those interested can register for the series here.
Read Local Okanagan appears at festivals and the Vernon Farmers’ Market and carries more than 50 new and out-of-print titles across fiction, poetry and memir genres. More information can be found on Read Local’s Facebook page.