Who better to open our 2021 Festival than the Sunshine Coast’s own Howard White? Since founding Harbour Publishing and the Raincoast Chronicles in the early 1970s, White has become synonymous with all things Sunshine Coast and BC. He has been honoured with many awards for his lifetime of achievements, including the Order of BC, the Order of Canada, and both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. His books encompass all genres and include the children’s book, The Airplane Ride; the story collection Writing in the Rain, winner of a Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour; Ghost in the Gears, finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; and the indispensable The Encyclopedia of British Columbia. His latest book, Here on the Coast, is a collection of stories told with intimacy, humour, and affection for all things Coastal. Don’t be surprised to find yourself among the pages of this very entertaining read.