The Sidney LitFest is a celebration of the written word and every two years the event showcases both established and emerging authors while providing an opportunity for readers to connect with these authors.
To kick off the biennial event, LitFest will feature the first of two readings in their Fall series on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
First up will be Lorna Crozier reading from her book, After That.
An officer of the Order of Canada, Crozier has been acknowledged for her writing, teaching and mentoring and is the holder of no less than five honourary doctorates. Her books have received numerous national awards, including the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry. The Globe and Mail declared The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things one of its Top 100 Books of the Year, and Amazon chose her memoir as one of the 100 books you should read in your lifetime.
A Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, she has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and has read her poetry, which has been translated into several languages, on every continent except Antarctica. Her book, What the Soul Doesn’t Want, was nominated for the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. In 2018, Lorna Crozier received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.
Following Crozier, M.A.C. Farrat will read from her book, Jigsaw.
Farrat is the author of 18 works of fiction, memoir, non-fiction and plays. Her stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years premiered in 2013 at the Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage in Vancouver. One Good Thing—A Living Memoir appeared from Talon Books in Feb. 2021, becoming a B.C. bestseller. Her latest non-fiction book from Talon, Jigsaw, was published in Sept. 2023.
The reading takes place Friday, Nov. 10, at the Shoal Centre in Sidney, 10030 Resthaven Drive, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 at Tanner’s Books (cash only) or online at www.eventbrite.ca.