Readings by Heidi Greco, Mary-Lou Zeitoun, and Christine Lowther
Trees move from beneath the ground into the sky; they reconcile us to the stars. A world without trees is no world at all. Let’s celebrate them in writing! Olive trees, red cedar, arbutus …
“….the leaves of the tree were for the healing of nations.”
From Gently To Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa
3:00 to 4:30pm, Sunday, January 29
Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
Books will be available for sale.
A longtime resident of Surrey, Heidi Greco has more than once found herself embroiled in a battle to save a stand of trees and the greenspace surrounding them. The most distressing of these campaigns occurred when she and more than 100 presenters failed to persuade Surrey’s City Council to preserve a block of land that provided a haven for mating ducks and other wildlife as well as a site for outdoor recreation with its nine-hole golf course. The trees, ponds, and streams that were there have been replaced by a shopping complex anchored by a WalMart.
The greatest success in which she played a role was the Han Shan Project, a protest by poets from around the world that saved a tract of forest in Langley Township.
She has a new book coming out late this spring, Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart. It contains a single reference to a particular tree, one that is still standing.
Mary-Lou Zeitoun is an author journalist and writing teacher. Her novel 13 (Porcupines Quill 2002) won the New England book award for young adults and was voted best book of the year by the Globe and Mail and Now magazine. She currently addresses cultural Middle Eastern and feminist issues in her work and, at Historic Joy Kogawa House, is finishing another young adult novel (I’m Not as Pretty as I Look) and an essay on the story of her Palestinian family’s move to Canada. She lives in Toronto.
Christine Lowther’s book Born Out of This was shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown regional category of the BC Book Prizes. She later served as a judge for that prize. In 2015, Chris won the creative non-fiction category in the Federation of British Columbia Writers’ Literary Writes. She was presented with the inaugural Pacific Rim Arts Society Rainy Coast Arts Award for Significant Accomplishment in 2014. She has written three books of poetry and co-edited two anthologies. Seventeen years ago, Chris blocked a chainsaw from taking down Tofino’s 800-year-old Eik Cedar.
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