As always, it was only made possible by the hard work and unconditional support of so many people. We would like to give our most heartfelt thanks to:
Our fantastic authors and all of our loyal attendees who have supported us this year and over the years and make the whole thing very much worth the effort.
Ian Phyper and Gnosis Hotel Management and the staff at the Galiano Inn
Our sponsors on Galiano: Galiano Island Books, Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, Galiano Chamber of Commerce, Galiano Island Soap Works, Galiano Library, Woodstone Manor, Sturdies Bay Bakery & Cafe, Max & Moritz, Driftwood Village, Hummingbird Pub, Tour des Iles
Our community hosts: Driftwood Village, Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, Judy and Chuck Garland, The Red Door, Woodstone Manor
Our Festival volunteers: Jean Baird, Café Sandilands, Cedar Brown, Lori Seay, Charles Demers, Conny Nordin, Allan Forget, Carol Guin, Deblehka Guin, Emma Davis, Margaret Howell, Jennifer Margison, Kendall Kyle, and Olivia Dong and Jack Dong
Francine Renaud who created the original painting for our poster and Sharon King of Digital Marketing by Design for the poster design
Kris Krug, our Festival photographer, for his creative eye
Our superb staff at Galiano Island books:
Rob Butterfield, Jack Garton, Stella Kingscote, and Valerie Tessier
Mary Trentadue and Cedar Bowers for going the extra mile!
Debbie Holmes for once again promoting the Festival through displays on the ferries
Donna Moreau of DoMo Communications for her painstaking work on putting together our ads, promotional materials and this Program
Rob Butterfield, Dan Gaucher, Alex Catona and Jack Garton for entertaining us at the Red Carpet Welcome Reception
We are incredibly appreciative of the community support we receive and would like to shine a spotlight on these booklovers. For our first feature we spoke with Lee Trentadue, President of the BC Booksellers Association and owner of Galiano Island Books, in anticipation of her 5th annual Galiano Literary Festival, returning on February 21st to 23rd.
Lee Trentadue has long supported the book community, although it was her daughter Mary who inspired her to open Galiano Island Books - the first bookstore on the island. Trentadue's initial introduction to the local community was through a questionairre, inquiring about the categories of books people would like to see. The community responded positively, and the bookstore now features works from authors in the Gulf Islands, throughout British Columbia, and across Canada. Readers have shown extraordinary support for nearly two decades and additionally, the Galiano Library - which opened after Galiano Island Books - has proven to be an excellent partner in hosting author readings.
She explains that "being a part of a community of booksellers is very important" and that the BC Booksellers Association has shown tremendous support for her ideas, as has the Canada Council. And so, after attending the ABA Winter Institute one year and hearing a fellow booksellers' story, Trentadue founded the Galiano Literary Festival. Despite growing in stature, it has retained its charm - "people seem to actually like the intimacy of the Festival." With fewer outlets for publishers to send authors to, this type of environment is crucial for maintaining culture in BC and throughout the nation. The BC Book Prizes recognizes this need, but Trentadue notes that just "the fact there is a showcase is a big deal." We think the 3-day Festival is a big deal too, with its first ever red carpet, a sold out dinner, and readings by esteemed writers such as Audrey Thomas, Jack Hodgins, Grant Lawrence, and the Bowering trio: George, Thea and Marilyn. Find more details at: Galiano Literary Festival.
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