2021 BC Writers Series

Brought to you by the Powell River Friends of the Library, the Powell River Public Library is thrilled to announce the 2021 BC Writers Series!

This year, four virtual events in which four writers, and one illustrator highlight some of the best work in the province: youth fiction & non-fiction, adult non-fiction and picture books. Presenters will read from their works, share their process and answer your questions.

To register for one, all or any of the talks in this series please complete this ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM or email edgar@prpl.ca.


Jordan Scott & Sydney Smith, I Talk Like a River (October 2, 2:00-3:00 pm, virtual)

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came to you the way you wanted them to? I Talk Like A River is a book for any child who feels lost, lonely or unable to fit in.

I Talk Like a River, was finalist for the BC and Yukon Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, and named a CBC Best Picture book of the year.

For more information about this event, or to register please visit the event listing here.


Melanie Siebert, Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health (October 16, 2:00- 3:00 pm, virtual)

Featuring real-life stories of people who have found hope and meaning in the midst of life’s struggles, Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health is the go-to guide to all things mental health, trauma and recovery for youth and the people who care about them

Melanie Siebert is a therapist in Victoria, BC who works with youth and families. Melanie has a Master of Social Work and a Master of Fine Arts. Heads Up was finalist for the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes, Sheila Egoff Children’s Literature prize.

For more information about this event, or to register please visit the event listing here.


Sara Cassidy, Nevers (October 23, 2:00-3:00 pm, virtual)

In the chaotic countryside of post-Revolutionary France, Odette and her flighty mother, always on the move, try to make a home in the town of Nevers. Gay and intersex representation fits smoothly into the historical setting.

Nevers was finalist for the 2020 BC and Yukon Book Prizes Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award in Young People’s Literature, the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the Chocolate Lily Award. Sara has worked as a reporter, tree planter (in five Canadian provinces), an editor, and writing instructor.

For more information about this event, or to register please visit the event listing here.


Wendy Wickwire, At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging (October 20, 2:00-3:00 pm, virtual)

At the Bridge lifts from obscurity the story of James Teit (1864–1922), an outstanding Canadian ethnographer and First Nations rights activist whose thoughtful scholarship and tireless organizing have been largely ignored. 

Wendy Wickwire was a member of the University of Victoria’s Department of History from 1995 until her retirement in 2016, teaching courses on  BC history, oral history, the history of anthropology, and environmental history Wickwire lives with her partner, Michael M’Gonigle, in Central Saanich, BC.

For more information about this event, or to register please visit the event listing here.


More about the BC Writers Series:

From poetry to memoir and historical fiction, the BC Writers Series aims to showcase the wide variety of work being published in the province.

The BC Writers Series includes readings and presentations as well as school visits for children and teens.

The Powell River Public Library is excited to add these four wonderful presenters to the list of the many we’ve been fortunate to host in the past, including Grant Lawrence, Mike McCardell, John Vaillant and Kyo Maclear.

These engaging and fun Library events are open to people of all ages, and are free.

For more information about all the events offered at the Library, visit our website at prpl.ca.