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Friday Literature Series

 An Evening of Literature

Beginning Friday, January 11th at 7:30pm:

This winter, every Friday night, St. Eugene will host a noted author.
The evening includes an interview, a reading and after, a Q&A discussion with the author.
The Literature Series is open to the public and free.

Dine. Chat. Listen.

Prior to the reading, St. Eugene will host an intimate dinner
with the author and a very limited number of guests.

Join Friday’s visiting author for a quiet, intimate dinner before the reading.
The St. Eugene Executive Chef will prepare a special three course dinner with an appetizer,
a choice of three entrées and dessert.
$49 including gratuity.

Featured Authors

January 11th – Dave Butler

Dave Butler is the author of the Jenny Willson mystery series, published by Dundurn Press. He’s a forester and biologist living in Cranbrook, British Columbia, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. He’s a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winner, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. When he’s not writing, Dave is professionally involved in sustainable tourism at local, national and international levels and he travels extensively. He’s a Professional Author Member of the Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of The Writers Union of Canada.

About No Place for Wolverines:

When National Park Warden Jenny Willson initiates a covert inquiry into a proposed ski hill in Yoho National Park, she’s quickly drawn into a web of political, environmental and criminal intrigue that threatens to tear apart a small British Columbia town, pitting neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend, family against family.

After a wolverine researcher dies in a mysterious fire, Willson forms an uneasy alliance with an RCMP corporal and an Idaho-based investigative journalist to expose the truth behind the ski hill project. With characteristic tenacity, she discovers that perception differs from reality. Willson ends up in a show-down with the American proponent, with her own agency and with the political puppeteers who pull strings in the shadows.

January 18th – Sue Purvis

Susan Purvis is a Lead Instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). She is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association (AAA), the Explorers Club, and a Wilderness Medical Society member.

Susan’s love for adventure and medicine has taken her to the hottest, coldest, and highest places on earth: Ethiopia, Antarctica, and Nepal. As a wilderness medicine expert and extraordinary speaker, Susan has worked on film sets for NationalGeographic Channel, truTV, appeared on the science documentary, The Hottest Place on Earth, aired on the BBC and Discovery. She’s been featured or quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, on CNN, television, numerous magazines, and newspaper articles.

About Go Find:

Accompanied by her rebellious black Lab, Tasha, maverick Susan Purvis navigates her way through both deep snow and challenging relationships to find passion and  purpose as she and Tasha learn to save lives in the Colorado mountains.

Somewhere between hunting for gold in Latin America as a geologist and marriage to a new husband, 33-year-old Susan Purvis loses her way.

Susan comes to believe that a puppy and working on ski patrol at the last great ski town in Colorado will improve her life. When she learns about avalanches that bury people without warning, she challenges herself: “What if I teach a dog to save lives?” This quest propels her to train the best possible search dog, vowing to never leave anyone behind.

With no clue how to care for a houseplant, let alone a dog, she chooses five-week-old Labrador retriever, Tasha. With the face of a baby bear and the temperament of an NFL linebacker, Tasha constantly tests Susan’s determination to transform her into a rescue dog. Susan and Tasha jockey for alpha position as they pursue certification in avalanche, water, and wilderness recovery. Susan eventually learns to truly communicate with Tasha by seeing the world through her dog’s nose.

As the first female team in a male-dominated search and rescue community, they face resistance at every turn. They won’t get paid even a bag of kibble for their efforts, yet they launch dozens of missions to rescue the missing or recover the remains of victims of nature and crime.

Training with Tasha in the field to find, recover and rescue the lost became Susan’s passion. But it was also her circumstance—she was in many ways as lost as anyone she ever pulled out of an avalanche or found huddled in the woods. “Lostness” doesn’t only apply to losing the trail. People can get lost in a relationship, a business or a life. Susan was convinced that only happened to other people until Tasha and a life in the mountains taught her otherwise.

January 25th – Luanne Armstrong

Luanne Armstrong  has written twenty-one books. She writes young adult book, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has contributed to many anthologies and edited a Canadian non-fiction anthology called Slice Me Some Truth.  She has been nominated or won many awards, including the Moonbeam Award the ChocolateLily Award, the Hubert Evans nonfiction Book award; the Red Cedar Award; Surrey Schools Book of the Year Award; the Sheila Egoff  Book Prize and the Silver Birch Prize.

Luanne presently lives on her hundred year old family farm on Kootenay Lake. She mentors many emerging writers all over the world on a long term basis and in the last three years, has edited eight books through to publication. Her  last book was  Sand, a young adult book for Ronsdale Press. Her new book, A Bright and Steady Flame, The Story of an Enduring Friendship,  was published by Caitlin Press in October, 2018. She is now working on a book of essays called, Going to Ground as well as a new book of poetry titled, When We Are Broken.

February 1st – The Art of the Song w/ SHRED KELLY

Shred Kelly broke into the national scene riding on the back of songs written by the lead duo, Tim Newton and Sage MacBride. With lyrics and toe tapping tunes, the band spread the word of what they call Fernie Stoke.

Now fully formed with five CD’s, tours to Europe and the Far East, Shred Kelly continues to produce insightful lyrics and soul driving melodies.

Join us for an evening with Tim Newton and Sage MacBride, the two songwriters of Shred Kelly, and learn about The Art of the Song.

The evening will be a mix of acoustic music, discussion and questions on song writing and the life in a nationally recognized band.

February 15 – Pat Morrow

Pat Morrow is an adventure photographer based in Invermere, B.C. and hasworked on magazine, book and corporate assignments, as well as shooting video documentaries worldwide for the past 35 years. He began a collaboration with Jeremy Schmidt that ranged from coverage of canyoneering, back country skiing and mountain culture stories, to launching out with their wives on a seven-month overland journey around the Himalaya, resulting in the book Himalayan Passage. Pat was the first to climb the highest peak on all seven continents (as documented in his book Beyond Everest), and received the Order of Canada for his photographic and exploratory work. He and his wife, Baiba, have won nine national magazine awards, and they now concentrate on volunteer efforts for a local environmental organization called Wildsight.

About Searching for Tao Canyon

Searching For Tao Canyon, published by Rocky Mountain Books, is a tribute to our dearly departed friend and colleague Art Twomey. With it we hope to build a heightened appreciation for what the untamed nature of canyon country can teach us, and the need for an adoring public to do everything we can to protect it…from insatiable extractive industries, and from being loved to death.

We rendezvoused with Jeremy Schmidt and Wendy Baylor for a magical hike in the maze of wild canyons that Art, Margie Jamieson and i had wandered into more than three decades ago.

Key to the success of the trip, our Navajo friend Eli Neztsosie, who is a rancher and endurance runner, escorted us with his packhorses into the magnificent place he calls home. Many thanks to Eli and his resourceful family for hosting us on their traditional land.

Even though the more accessible canyons that we photographed all those years ago are now international tourist attractions (one in particular sees a “line dance” of mostly international visitors capped at 2500 a day), there’s still plenty of wild left in the slickrock wilderness, which we intend to visit again next spring. The search for the ultimate Tao (The Way) canyon continues…

Pat’s presentation will start with a short slide show. He will read some from the new book and then there will be a discussion about the book and story behind the publication.

Books will be for sale after the reading.

February 22 – Tom Wayman

Tom Wayman was born in Ontario in 1945, but has spent most of his life in British Columbia. He has worked at a number of jobs, both blue and white-collar, across Canada and the U.S., and has helped bring into being a new movement of poetry in these countries–the incorporation of the actual conditions and effects of daily work. His poetry has been awarded the Canadian Authors’ Association medal for poetry, the A.J.M. Smith Prize, first prize in the USA Bicentennial Poetry Awards competition, and the Acorn-Plantos Award; in 2003 he was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Literary Award. He has published more than a dozen collections of poems, six poetry anthologies, three collections of essays and three books of prose fiction. He has taught widely at the post-secondary level in Canada and the U.S., most recently (2002-2010) at the University of Calgary. Since 1989 he has been the Squire of “Appledore,” his estate in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern BC.

March 1 – Angie Abdou

Angie Abdou is a Fernie author who has published seven books. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2011. Her most recent novel, In Case I Go (2017), was a finalist for the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Award in the fiction and poetry category. Of In Case I Go, Vancouver Sun says: “A spectacularly successful novel. This book is highly recommended to anyone who cares about strong, moving fiction and about social justice.” Chatelaine Magazine named it one of 2017’s most riveting mystery novels. Angie’s newest book, a memoir called Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom, was featured on CBC’s Sunday Edition and CTV’s The Social. It hit the Canadian bestseller list and the #1 spot on Amazon’s bestselling hockey books. Of Home Ice, a starred review in New York’s Booklist claims: “The book is a first-rate memoir and a fine example of narrative nonfiction. It’s also a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports.” Angie Abdou is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

March 8 – Chris Luke Sr.

The Yaqan Nukiy; Their history, culture and traditions.

The elected Chief of the Lower Kootenay for 30 years, Chris Luke Senior is a respected elder and spiritual leader among his people. The Yaqan Nukiy; Their history, culture and traditions, richly illustrated by Bruce Paterson, is a gift of awareness to everyone who picks it up. This book is a testament to the resilience of the Yaqan Nukiy and their strength in dealing with social and cultural upheavals.

This book will help create awareness of the depth and breadth of the Ktunaxa and the Yaqam Nukiy history, culture, traditions and language.

March 15 – TBD

March 22 – TBD

March 29 – TBD