Meet the 2023 Writers

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4:00 PM | Saturday, August 19

J. Edward Chamberlin and Theresa Kishkan

This event sponsored by: Blue Magnolia Clothing

The Sunshine Coast is known for its excellent writers. Case in point: J. Edward Chamberlin and Theresa Kishkan. Both will read from their new books and speak to the power of storytelling.

J. Edward Chamberlin is professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and was senior research associate with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He has worked on sovereignty and land claims throughout Canada and around the world, and has spoken widely on literary, historical and cultural issues. He is the author of several acclaimed titles, including Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations (Vintage Canada) which was a national bestseller, and If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? Finding Common Ground (Vintage Canada). His latest book is Storylines: How Words Shape Our World (Douglas & McIntyre). He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and now lives in Halfmoon Bay, BC.

Theresa Kishkan lives on the Sechelt Peninsula with her husband, John Pass, in a house they built and where they raised their three children. She has published 16 books, most recently Euclid’s Orchard, a collection of essays about family history, botany, mathematics, and love (Mother Tongue Publishing); a novella, The Weight of the Heart (Palimpsest Press), in which a young graduate student attempts to create a feminist cartography with the works of Ethel Wilson and Sheila Watson; and Blue Portugal and Other Essays (University of Alberta Press), a collection of lyrical essays. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Hubert Evans Award and the Ethel Wilson Prize. Her interests include textiles, ethnobotany, music, human and physical geography, and colour theory, strands of which are braided together in Blue Portugal. Current work-in-progress includes a novel, Easthope, and a long essay about the male gaze, painters and their models, and obsession.

Storylines by J Edward Chamberlin (book cover)
Blue Portugal by Theresa Kishkan (book cover)
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J. Edward Chamberlin. Photo by Meg Chamberlin
J. Edward Chamberlin. Photo by Meg Chamberlin
Theresa Kishkan. Photo by Alexandra Bolduc
Theresa Kishkan. Photo by Alexandra Bolduc