NWPL Author Festival – Lived Experiences

NWPL Author Festival - Lived Experiences OctoberOct 21 2020 06:00pm - 08:00pm
Author Readings

EPISODE TWO – Wednesday, October 21: Lived Experiences

They say that writers do their best when they write about what they know, or in this case, what they’ve lived.  Bill Arnott shares thoughts about an amazing 8-year journey around the globe through his work Gone Viking: A Travel Saga, while three wonderful women, including New Westminster’s own Jen Arbo, discuss their contributions to the anthology BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies.

Access link will appear HERE at 6pm, October 21.


Bill Arnott

Author, poet, songwriter Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of Dromomania and Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. Bill’s been a featured author, performer and host at hundreds of literary events across Canada and internationally. His articles, reviews and poetry are published in Canada, the US, UK, Europe and Asia. Bill is a national songwriting finalist, poetry award recipient, and finalist for Whistler Independent Book Awards 2019 with Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. When not trekking the globe with a small pack, weatherproof journal and horribly outdated camera phone, Bill can be found on Canada’s west coast, making friends and generally misbehaving.

Jen Arbo

Jen Arbo lives in Sapperton with her family. She holds a blue belt in karate and prefers to shoot her recurve bow sightless, though she swears she is not preparing for a post-apocalyptic future. She likes snug socks, strong black tea, and a brand new dot grid journal with a nice set of coloured pens. Dislikes: heights, clutter, and storage containers that have lost their matching lids. Jen has a diploma in professional writing from Douglas College and works in Economic Development.

Christina Myers

Christina Myers is a freelance writer and editor, a former journalist, and a creative writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She is the editor of BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies a collection of non-fiction by 26 writers published by Caitlin Press earlier this year. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and online, and her first novel is forthcoming in 2021. She juggles stay-at-home-parenthood and creative work from behind her desk in Surrey, BC.

Sonja Boon

Sonja Boon is an award-winning writer, researcher and teacher. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in Geist, The Ethnic Aisle, and is forthcoming in several edited collections. She has a critical memoir published last year, What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home. She is professor of Gender Studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, but prior to that, she was a longtime resident of the lower mainland where she worked as a professional early music flautist – performing, recording and touring.

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Questions about AuthorFest? Please email us at Askus@nwpl.ca

The New Westminster Public Library would like to acknowledge the collaboration and support of the Arts Council of New Westminster, as well as funding and support provide by the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Province of British Columbia.

Join us for our other evenings:

NWPL Author Festival: Crafting Mystery, October 20, 2020 watch this episode here: https://youtu.be/BUkUE762uAc

NWPL Author Festival: The Story Tellers, October 22, 2020


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