News and Reviews

Ciaran MacArtain and Zakery Simpson Review by Paul Strickland.

Organized under the theme of "Crossover," the most recent Spoken Word event was held on August 16th, 2018 at Cafe Voltaire and drew the interest and participation of 35 Prince George poetry lovers.

 

Paralysis: Beating the Odds by Addison D’marko - Reviewed by Paul Strickland

 

Paralysis, written by Addison D’marko. He is a member of the Prince George Public Library Writers’ Lab as is Paul Strickland. The 154 page paperback book was independently published and is available on Amazon for $12.99 plus shipping. You may also visit his blog and request a signed copy, the cost of which is $20. Go to: https://addisonblake.co/2018/04/19/re-book-launch

 

During the launch of his first book at the Prince George Public Library, April 18 2018, Addison D'marko, 20, described his three-year medical journey back to a nearly normal walking gait and good health. The journey started after a mistake during an operation to deal with repeated epileptic seizures triggered a stroke that left his whole left side paralyzed.

 

Spoken Word by Paul Strickland & Vivien Lougheed

 

The Spoken Word event at Cafe Voltaire on Thursday, April 19th was Emceed by Erin Bauman and was held mainly to showcase Christina Kinnie’s self published book, Walking through the Layrinth; A Memoir.

 

CNC Chapbook Awards by Paul Strickland

CNC’s creative writing class, after almost four months of tutelage by Graham Pearce, had their yearly manuscript release party on April 12th. It turned out to be a lively, varied event where the students entertained an audience of over a hundred.

 

Jeanne Clarke History Award by Paul Strickland

The 33rd annual Jeanne Clarke Local History Awards reception was held Sunday night in the Keith Gordon Room of the Bob Harkins Branch of the Prince George Public Library. Jeanne Clark was a local library board member who initiated the formation of the award.

 

About 80 people attended the reception that began with a prayer to the Creator Spirit; the prayer was led by Lheidli Tenneh Elder, Clifford Quaw.

 

Barry McKinnon & Cecil Giscombe Literary Reading by P. Strickland

The unrestricted literary imagination was at play during the literary readings by Barry McKinnon and Cecil Giscombe held at the Black Donkey Café on June 10th. The atmosphere lent itself well to free-thinking and the strengthening of friendship.

John Harris introduced the two poets, Barry McKinnon of Prince George and Cecil Giscombe of Berkeley, California. “I like what they’re talking about – serious issues,” Harris said.

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