On May 23 and 22, I’ll be doing launch readings at the VANCOUVER and GIBSONS Public Libraries, respectively, to promote my two new titles: a prose memoir about coming to the Slocan Valley in 1989 and my adventures and misadventures since, and a new collection of my poems, mainly set in the same locale. Both The Road to Appledore or How I Went Back to the Land Without Ever Having Lived There in the First Place from Harbour Publishing and How Can You Live Here? from Frontenac House were published in March.

The VANCOUVER event, “The Music Our Stories Make” will be held Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 pm at the Grand Staircase on Level 8 of the downtown (Central) branch of the Vancouver Public Library. The evening will feature a concert by the Vancouver-based folk/roots trio FRASER UNION, brief readings from the new books, and an on-stage conversation between Roger and myself entitled “Why Make Art in a Dreadful Time?”

“The Music Our Stories Make” is free, but VPL asks attendees to pre-register by going to the VPL Event Listings.

I last did a launch at VPL with Fraser Union— Roger Holdstock, Kathy Griffin, and Barry Truter—in 2017, with another one organized for June 2020 that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

On Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm I’m looking forward to reading on the SUNSHINE COAST at the Gibsons and District Public Library, 470 South Fletcher Rd. The reading is free but space is limited, so register online at the library’s website or by phone at 604-886-2130.