The Slocan Community Library has announced a new fall series featuring readings from regional authors.
Plan to come to the library this Sunday at 1 p.m. when G. Jake Conkin will be entertaining all ages and on November 4 at 1 p.m. to hear Anne DeGrace. On Sunday, November 25 at 1 p.m., Gary Wright will entertain with stories from his recently launched book. The library is in the comfortably-renovated red schoolhouse across from the Harold Street Cafe in Slocan.
G. Jake Conkin is an entertainer, children’s author, cowboy poet, cowboy and historian/MC/producer of the Buckaroo Jake and Calico Carol Kids’ Show. In addition to his collection of cowboy poetry, he has published three books in the Little Jake series. These stories have been adapted for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network as an animated show and All in a Hays Work, an iPad game for Apple iTunes that is set for all levels from kids to adult.
Much of Conkin’s work was motivated by life in the Slocan Valley where he grew up. You can check out his website at littlejake.tv.
Anne DeGrace is the popular writer, illustrator and Nelson librarian whose 2005 novel, the award-winning Treading Water, was inspired by Renata, a tiny community that once flourished near Castlegar on Lower Arrow Lake before hydroelectric development flooded the town leaving only its stories. Wind Tails (Far from Home) was published in 2008, Sounding Line in 2009 and Flying with Amelia in 2011.
She has co-authored photographic books about Nelson and the West Kootenay and illustrated seven children’s books for Polestar Press. On November 4 DeGrace will read from all of her novels, and answer any questions you might have.
New Denver’s Gary Wright will reveal some of his interesting political experiences prior to arriving in the valley, as well as during the years that he has lived here. He will read from his recently launched book, Unrepentant: The Story of an Era written by Wright and Corky Evans which covers many years and situations. You will enjoy the colourful and darkly amusing tales.
Plan to saddle up on October 21 and come to hear some cowboy poetry, learn about Little Jake and hear how a passion can develop into many exciting adventures. On November 4 remember to turn your clock back an hour, and come out to meet characters from St. John’s Newfoundland to the Beaufort Sea, made authentic by DeGrace’s research, her voice, and the cultural nuance she captures so well. November 25 is the day that they will have Wright in their library to entertain.
For more information call Lois at 250-226-7312.