A fall reading in Slocan

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Author Barbara Curry Mulcahy.

On Sunday, October 29 starting at 1 pm, the Slocan Community Library will host two writers, Barbara Curry Mulcahy of Slocan and Emily Nilsen of Nelson. The library’s Sunday afternoon soirees are a popular and comfortable event and this is your chance to experience an Authors Reading there this fall.

You may know Barbara Curry Mulcahy for her columns in the Valley Voice, her book The Man with the Dancing Monkey (1998), her poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction, or prize-winning radio play. On this occasion, she will introduce a ‘broadside’ recently published by The North Press in Port Townsend Washington. It is an excerpt of a longer poem called Dragoman, set in Israel where she lived from the age of 11 to 15. She, her sister and her mother were evacuated in 1967 before the Six Day War. This poem considers life amid the skirmishes and battles after the Six Day War. Barbara is currently working on a novel set at about the same time and she will also read excerpts from its first chapter. Her talk will focus on this period of her life. 

This spring, Emily Nilsen launched her debut poetry collection, OTOLITH, published by Goose Lane Editions. It was featured as a 2017 CBC Spring Preview pick, giving it the distinction of being one of the most exciting books hitting the shelves in the first half of the year from Canada and beyond. It is described as at once spare and lush. In her writing ‘Nilsen turns over each idea carefully, letting nothing escape her attention and saying no more than must be said’. In 2015, she was selected from over 1700 entrants from across the country for her poem Meanwhile’ which was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.

Please consider an outing to the Slocan Community Library, 710 Harold Street, on October 29. The friendly volunteers will be there to greet you with cookies. There will be books to browse and purchase if you wish. This is a free event.