Local Writers Read in Hardy
Â ~ by Indira Wickremasinghe -
North Island writers Jon Taylor and Garth Holden read their award winning short stories at the Port Hardy Library on Saturday, February 16th.
Jon Taylor, a retired fisherman, has been writing since he was a child. Jonâ€™s short story Fifteen Miles South of the Arctic Circle just won first place at the Vancouver Writerâ€™s Fest. He lives on Malcolm Island, off northern Vancouver Island. In addition to his writing, Jon is an accomplished musician and wood carver. He is often in demand as a teller of tales.
Garth Holden of Port Hardy, BC is a self-taught writer and a full time mental health worker. His award winning stories and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, literary and science fiction magazines. Garthâ€™s work has been honoured by the Surrey International Writersâ€™ Conference, the Writersâ€™ Circle of Durham Region, the Victoria Writersâ€™ Society, the Writersâ€™ Union of Canada, Monday Magazine and most recently with a first place win in theÂ Canadian Tales of the Mysterious contest. Following the reading, the two authors answered questions from the audience.
Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is the fourth largest library system in British Columbia and serves over 430,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and Bella Coola on the Central Coast through 38 branch libraries, a virtual branch, and a Books by Mail service. VIRLâ€™s holdings number over one million and include books, magazines, CDâ€™s and DVDâ€™s.Â Administrative offices are located in Nanaimo.
VIRL Community Support Technician Indira Wickremasinghe is planning to host a similar event at the Sointula Library in March, with Jon and Garth reading, and if that is a success, to continue them periodically with other local writers.