Welcome Authors! July 1

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Authors registered for the First Annual Fort Langley Festival of the Book include:

  • Mystery writer Debra Purdy Kong, author of two separate sleuth mysteries, one featuring public transit security cop Casey Holland; the other featuring former Canada Revenue Agency tax auditor, Alex Bellamy. Her third Casey Holland Mystery, Beneath the Bleak New Moon has now been released.
  • Langley teacher and writer Chantelle Saumier, whose children’s books Vinnie! Star of the Show and Vinnie! The Hurricane are taking classrooms by storm.
  • Elizabeth Sinclair, author of The Evolution of Sarah, a witty and sarcastic novel about one woman’s search for meaning.
  • Langley historian Warren Sommer, author of Nothing Without Effort: A History of Langley and Frail Memorials: The Cemeteries of Langley among many other works.
  • North-shore writer and sculptor Georgia Hunter, whose new YA mystery Yubi and the Blue-tailed Rat is garnering great reviews.
  • Burnaby’s Jennifer Lott whose new children’s chapter book, Cursed Dishes is hot off the press.
  • New Westminster writer David E. Burnell, author of A Nightingale Sang, the romantic story of a battle-weary Canadian Spitfire pilot and a doctor’s daughter set against the backdrop of England in WW II.
  • Editors June Harrison and Margaret Fairweather who created Grace, Grit, and Gusto: Profiles of Remarkable Royal City Women — a fundraiser for Monarch Place, a transition house for women fleeing domestic violence.
  • Patricia McCuaig, author of Flying Duchesses: Aristocratic Adventures of a Canadian Pilot.
  • Envy Louis, author of the memoir Depression: Overcoming the Demon.
  • Kamloops writer Fern Hinse, author of Time’s Secret Parallel.
  • Abbotsford’s Judson Lake House whose wide range of work includes a host of cookbooks, including the popular From Oma’s Kitchen. Judson Lake is an established publisher of memoirs: At the Gates of Moscow, At Mother’s Knee, A Filler of Cracks, and Candy in My Shoe.
  • Vancouver writer Mark Alexander whose absorbing first novel, Danny, What are You Doing? begins in the Margaree Valley of Nova Scotia and follows its central character on his idealistic quest to the West Coast.
  • Tsawwassen children’s author and travel writer Darlene Foster whose books Amanda in England, Amanda in Spain, and Amanda in Arabia celebrate adventure and individuality.
  • Abbotsford’s Philip Sherwood of Lifewriters, whose recent work includes editing Susanne Willms Thielman’s Suzanne Remembers: A Mennonite childhood in revolutionary Russia, bringing Buckerfields: The Story of a Vancouver Family to print, and writing Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford: Pioneer Stories, 1890-1950.
  • Maple Ridge editor, writer, and designer Andrea Lister, principal of Absolutely Literate and co-author of the sold-out Commitment to Caring: 100 Years of the Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary.
  • Sheila Nickols, author of Looking Back, a collection of articles published in the Maple Ridge News.
  • Jennifer Lott, author of Cursed Dishes.
  • Chilliwack-based writer Colleen Ruttan, whose YA fantasy novel series The Last Falcon, and Dragon Fire has been called “engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly and “riveting” by Kirkus Reviews.
  • Children’s author Bruce Kilby.
  • Gail Banning, author of the much-loved, award-winning young adult novel, Out on a Limb.
  • Fort Langley painter Barbara Boldt, whose lavish coffee-table memoir Places of Her Heart tells of her life in post-war Germany, her immigration to Canada, and her embrace of the career of a painter in middle-age.
  • Richard Cole and K. Jane Watt whose 2013 children’s book The Boy Who Paints was recently shortlisted for two national book awards. They will be launching their new book The Girl Who Writes.
  • Historian Larry Jacobson who will be pre-selling his almost-off-the-press history of Walhachin — a fascinating story of dreams and disaster.
  • Member of the Langley Writers Guild, Cora Goodyear.

The Fort Langley Festival of the Book is one of nine venues celebrating Canada Day in Fort Langley: The Fraser Valley Regional Library, the Langley Centennial Museum, the British Columbia Farm Machinery Museum, Langley Heritage Society CN Station and the Flagship Gallery, Fort Langley National Historic Site and Sxwimela gifts, lelem’ arts and cultural cafe, and Bard in the Valley.

For information on the full slate of Canada Day events in Fort Langley, go to www.celebratecanadaday.ca