Upcoming Events

What do beavers and ghosts have in common?

They’re both on the program for an upcoming Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival event: Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. at the Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, B.C.

Join me and Ian Gibbs for an evening of readings from our most recent books. Ian’s is Victoria’s Most Haunted: Ghost Stories from BC’s Historic Capital City. He says he has always been fascinated by storytelling, ghosts and hauntings, and has even found himself assisting friends with their ghost problems. He lives in Victoria, billed as one of the most haunted places in Canada, where he acts as a guide for the popular Ghostly Walks walking tours.

I, too, live in Victoria. I’ve never encountered any ghosts here, but I have seen beavers in the vicinity and I’ll be reading from Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver.

Tickets are $10 (including refreshments) at Tanner’s Books and online. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the 2019 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. More info here.

Ideacity here I come – June 16, 2017

Now in its eighteenth year, Toronto’s annual ideacity conference has earned a reputation for being Canada’s “Premier meeting of the minds.” I’m honoured to be among the presenters who will be appearing at the three-day event this year. My talk on “The Mighty Beaver” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 16, leading off the second session of the day. You can view the full schedule and buy tickets here. Use code “BEAVER” to get 10% off your ticket.

Moses Znaimer’s vision for his conference is to offer a program that “deliberately knocks down professional or academic categories and boundaries, and brings everyone together for a single transformative experience.” The location for all of the talks is the Royal Conservatory of Music’s gorgeous Koerner Hall, a 1,135-seat performance space designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe. What a thrill it will be to share my passion for beavers in that spectacular venue.

Back to the Beaver State – May 6 & 7, 2017

I have two Once They Were Hats events coming up in Oregon, which proudly calls itself the Beaver State. Both events are free.

The fabulous travelling Beaver Tales Art Exhibit moves to Seaside on May 6, where it will run until May 31. From 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 6, join me for a reading and book signing at Seaside’s Beach Books (616 Broadway St.).

Then, on Sunday, May 7, I’ll be at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, giving a beaver talk from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. For the zoo event, enter at the Zoo Education Center doors (no admission fee), downhill from the parking lot.

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Reading – Sept. 18, 2016

Eden Mills banner

I’m looking forward to appearing at the 28th annual Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on Sunday, September 18. This outdoor literary event is held on the banks of the Eramosa River in the village of Eden Mills, Ontario, 80 kilometres west of Toronto. It features more than 40 adult, YA and children’s authors.

Helen Humphreys, Katherine Govier and I will appear together on a panel entitled The River of Time, which runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. I’ll be reading from Once They Were Hats. Check the festival website for the full schedule and list of authors.

Festival attendees are advised by the organizers to bring a folding lawn chair, blanket or waterproof ground cover, a hat, an umbrella (just in case!), a water bottle and an inquisitive mind. It sounds like my kind of event!

What Publishers Want – May 19, 2016

What do publishers want from authors? Join Taryn Boyd, Associate Publisher at TouchWood Editions/Brindle and Glass, and me for a discussion of this question from both sides of the table. Presented by Canadian Authors–Victoria.

When: Thursday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Doors: 6:30 pm.
Where: Arbutus Room at the Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, BC.
Admission: Members $5, Non-Members $10, pay at the door.
For more information, contact: liz_walker@shaw.ca

Victoria Natural History Society – April 12, 2016

Please join me for the VNHS Natural History Night on Tuesday, April 12, 7:30-9:30 pm, in Room 159 of the Fraser Building at the University of Victoria. I’ll be reading from Once They Were Hats and talking about “The Quintessential Ecosystem Engineer: Past, Present and Future.” The event is free and open to the public. Additional information here.

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Beaver engineering

Douglas Day at Fort Langley National Historic Site – Nov 19, 2015


Douglas Day marks the day on November 19, 1858, when James Douglas proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony in Fort Langley’s Big House. This year, I’ll be part of Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual Douglas Day celebration, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19th.

Enjoy wine, cheese, music and a re-enactment of the proclamation of the colony of British Columbia, plus the mainland launch of Once They Were Hats.

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