One Last Summer Reading

When: Saturday, September 19, 3 to 5pm
Where: Front garden of Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Tickets $20 on Eventbrite.

As summer draws to a close, join us for music and prosecco in the garden as we celebrate local writers whose new novels have launched or will launch during pandemic times. For some, One Last Summer Reading could be their only in-person event this year.

The lineup of fiction writers includes Caroline Adderson (A Russian Sister), and Shaena Lambert (Petra), as well June Hutton and Tony Wanless will read from Four Umbrellas, their memoir about dealing with his dementia.

Poet Danny Peart thought he’d bring along a bottle or two of Prosecco, and novelist Lenore Rowntree will read passages about some of her more difficult characters.

With The Wahs (Andy Hillhouse, guitar & vocals; Cam Wilson, violin & vocals; and Brent Gubbels, stand-up bass & vocals).

Please arrive wearing masks and find a seat in the front garden physically distanced from those outside your bubble. Audience size is limited to help everyone stays safe.

Books will be available for sale and signing by the authors!

Anita Miettunen, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House September 2020

Our September Writer-in-Residence: Anita Miettunen!⁣⁣⁣

Historic Joy Kogawa House welcomes Anita Miettunen as our new writer-in-residence. Anita is a writer and illustrator who loves exploring the natural world. Big Blue Forever, her first children’s book, published by Red Deer Press in 2017, tells the story of Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton.⁣⁣

Anita is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and currently serves as the Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Canada West chapter. Previously, she coordinated critique groups for the CAA in Ottawa and Vancouver. In 2010, Anita completed the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop.⁣⁣⁣

While in residence, Anita will offer a workshop for emerging children’s writers (to be held online in mid-September.)⁣⁣ Stay tuned for details coming soon!