“And now, for something completely different…” Literary Readings on the Sunshine Coast (LRSC) is proud to announce its next event of the season: a “double-bill” featuring literary couple Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst, two celebrated Canadian poets and intellectuals of international stature well known for the brilliance of their poetic performances. The event will take place November 2nd, 7:30 PM, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.
The works of Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst draw deep in the classic traditions of philosophy and literature, written and oral, and they encompass a wide breath of studies, from scholarly translations of North American oral literatures to a meditative essay on virtue in the age of ecological collapse.
Robert Bringhurst is a poet, linguist, typographer, and a lifelong student of Native American languages and oral literatures. His books include Selected Poems (published in three different forms in Canada, the US, and UK), and A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World.
Jan Zwicky, a poet, philosopher, and musician, is the author of nearly twenty books of poetry and prose including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, Forge and, in 2019, The Experience of Meaning. Her most recent poetry collection, The Long Walk, bears witness to environmental and cultural cataclysm.
Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis, co-authored by Bringhurst and Zwicky, was published last year by University of Regina Press.
Celebrated author and composer, John MacLachlan Gray, will read from his 2013 best seller, The White Angel, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28th. The evening, which kicks off the fall season of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Annual Reading Series, may also feature some sneak-previews from John’s current project tentatively titled Vile Spirits.
One of the most
versatile and multitalented creative artists in Canada, John’s storied career includes
stints on the stage, TV, film and radio both as a playwright and a composer. He
is probably best known for his landmark of Canadian musical theatre, Billy
Bishop goes to War, which he wrote and composed with Eric Peterson in 1978.
Gray received both the Governor General’s Literary award and a Golden Globe for
the musical, which was produced on and off-Broadway and released as a feature
film in 2011.
In later life,
John turned to books as his preferred mode of expression and has published in both
fiction and non-fiction genres. The White Angel, John’s fifth
mystery-thriller, is a riveting fictional account of one of British Columbia’s
most notorious unsolved crimes: the murder of Scottish Nanny Janet Stewart, who
was found dead of a gunshot wound in the Vancouver home of her employer in 1924.
Vile Spirits is set in the year following, and like White Angel is based
on true life events and features some of the same characters.
The Art Centre is
located at 5714 Medusa in Sechelt. Admission is by the suggested donation of $5
at the door.