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9:00 am | Saturday, August 17

Coast Writes

Marion McKinnon Crook and David Roche

Our Coast Writes event features writers who live, work and write on the Sunshine Coast. David Roche‚Äôs essay collection, Standing at the Back Door of Happiness, explores the beauty found in unusual places while award-winning author Marion McKinnon Crook returns with Always on Call, a fascinating portrait of the hectic life of a rural nurse.

Marion McKinnon Crook is a nurse, an educator, and the author of more than twenty-five books, including the bestselling Always Pack a Candle, which won the BC Historical Federation’s Community History Book Award. Always On Call is the much-anticipated sequel. In addition to her nursing degree, McKinnon Crook holds a master’s in liberal studies and a PhD in education. Now a full-time writer, she also writes the British Book Tour mystery series under the name of Emma Dakin. She lives on the Sunshine Coast in BC. For more information, visit

David Roche is a popular motivational speaker and performer, and he has taken his one-man show, The Church of 80% Sincerity, on tour across the world, performing from Sydney to Moscow, London to Los Angeles, and even at the White House. He has also had several roles in films and documentaries. A recent recipient of the Order of Canada, Roche is also a volunteer for the Sunshine Coast Hospice in British Columbia. With his partner, Marlena, he leads storytelling and writing workshops, inspiring others to voice their own stories. Roche lives in Roberts Creek, BC. His website is

Book cover; Always on Call by Marion McKinnon Crook
Book cover: Standing at the Back Door of Happiness by David Roche
Marion McKinnon Crook - photo by Duke Morse
Marion McKinnon Crook – photo by Duke Morse
David Roche - photo by Kim Komenich
David Roche - photo by Kim Komenich