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Reading: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Reading: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Admission by donation
Workshop: Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM
$10 at the door
Famed Vancouver fiction and nonfiction writer Timothy Taylor, and Slocan Valley author Fletcher FitzGibbon will read from and talk about their writing on Wed., March 18 as the third offering of the 2019-2020 “Home and Away” author reading series at Nelson, B.C.’s Oxygen Art Centre.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Oxygen, at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance), is the city’s only artist-run centre. Admission is free ($5 donation appreciated) and the reading is open to the public.
Taylor will also offer a workshop on life as a writer of fiction and nonfiction on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Oxygen. Admission to the workshop is $10 at the door.
A short story by Taylor, who currently teaches writing at UBC, won the 2000 Journey Prize. His first novel, Stanley Park (2001), was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was chosen as the 2004 title for One Book, One Vancouver. The novel was a contender in CBC’s 2007 Canada Reads competition.
His most recent titles are the novel, The Rule of Stephens (2018) and a food memoir, Foodville: Biting Dispatches from a Food-Obsessed City (2014). The Toronto Star said of The Rule of Stephens that “Taylor has composed a tightly-crafted, suspenseful story, and one that smartly plays off the disjunction between the rational world of Stephen Hawking and the ‘lower and darker land’ of Stephen King.”
The National Post called Foodville “a fun take down of our obsession with food and the next new thing. He takes to task those who describe dishes with ridiculous superlatives by simply asking ‘Really?’ Is that restaurant really ‘a national treasure’? Was it really ‘a transcendent food experience?’”
FitzGibbon is perhaps Canada’s only author who is also a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant. He was a prize-winner in Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine’s 2016 fiction contest, co-founded the Nelson Writers’ Salon, and has acted in community theatre and performed as a storyteller to a range of audiences. He describes his writing as aiming “to reconcile his experiences in the fast-paced realm of business and his appreciation and admiration of the natural world.”
Taylor’s workshop on March 19 is entitled “Life Lessons of a Writer: Techniques, Approaches and Stories from the Road.” “The idea,” he said, “is to combine talking about techniques and approaches (like I would in a ‘class’) as well as sharing stories from the road, so to speak (like I would do in a ‘talk’). Instruction combined with entertainment value (hopefully).”
The next event in Oxygen’s series will take place April 8 and feature Vernon fiction writer, poet and Okanagan College educator Hannah Calder, along with the end-of-term reading by Selkirk College creative writing students.
The 2019-2020 author reading series is supported in part by the B.C. Arts Council and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, and co-sponsored by Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.
Contact: Julia Prudhomme, Executive Director, Oxygen Art Centre: info@oxygenartcentre.org, 250-352-6322
CUTLINES: Timothy Taylor, Fletcher FitzGibbon