Our program of summer events had a wonderful start last Friday when Patrick Taylor, author of the Irish Country Doctor series, read from his recently re-released Only Wounded: Stories of the Irish Troubles.
Following on from that very good beginning we have a broad range of programs to keep you entertained and inspired over the summer months.
Mardi Mob Portrait Reception | Wednesday, July 8, 2-4 p.m.
Join the Mardi Mob for the opening of their portrait exhibit. For many years this group have been getting together to paint portraits of islanders. You will see how each artist uses their chosen medium to express their own approach to the art of portraiture. This exhibit includes oil, charcoal, pastel and pencil works by the eight members of the Mardi Mob: Sylvia Andrews, Rosamonde Dupuy, Nixe Gerbiz, Judy Fry, Maureen Milburn, Diana Morris, Margarite Sanchez, and Susan Rogers. The exhibit of portrait painting runs from July 2 – 31, in the Library Program room, when not in use.
Tech Cafe: Smartphones | Thursday, July 9, 12 p.m.
Summer Library Assistants, Shay Boleak and Gwen Patrick will be teaching you the basics of your smart phone including; email, settings, apps and multimedia attachments. They will also be going over the differences between the most popular operating systems on the market and which one might be the best for you! This is a free program, with no registration required, bring your phone.
Susan Gordon Book(s) Launch(es) | Saturday, July 11, 2 p.m.
Local author Susan Gordon launches two books, the first The Compassionate Equestrian (Trafalgar Square/Horse and Rider Books, May 2015), with local coauthor Dr. Allen Schoen DVM. Gordon has over 25 years of experience in the equestrian industry as a professional hunter-jumper trainer, retiring in 2009, and founding Green Pony Productions. Gordon is best known on SSI for her accomplishments as a runner. Dr. Schoen continues to practice his pioneering, holistic approach to veterinary medicine, returning to see clients in the eastern U.S. several times per year. He edited two principal textbooks on complementary and alternative veterinary medicine, and is recognized world-wide for his two previous books for the general public, Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing and Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live.
Also joining Susan will be local coauthor of Iridescent Silence of the Pacific Shores, Doug Wahlsten. Wahlsten is an active member of the Salt Spring Photography Club, and fellow Salt Spring Sneakers runner. He is a recent retiree from the University of Alberta, where he remains a Professor Emeritus and continues research and writing on genetics, brain structure and behaviour. Iridescent Silence of the Pacific Shores is a collection of photographic images that conveys a strong environmental statement about the condition of our ocean and the wildlife within and around local shorelines including SSI, Gabriola Island and Pacific Rim National Park. The book includes a DVD and Orca music from Conversations with the Wrong Listeners, composed by Gordon’s brother, Ron Gordon Ph.D.
Book Launch The Art of Natural Cheesemaking | Thursday, July 16th, 7 p.m.
Join the Library for a reading, demo AND tasting from David Asher as he launches his new book, The Art of Natural Cheesemaking in the Library Program Room. This book encourages home and small-scale commercial cheesemakers to take a different approach by using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World’s Best Cheeses. Asher will also be doing a cheese demo and tasting for those who participate. All are welcome to this free program!
Book Reading The Little Washer of Sorrows by Katherine Fawcett | Thursday, July 23, 5 p.m.
Award-winning author Katherine Fawcett’s new short story collection The Little Washer of Sorrows features dark satire, gritty realism, magic, mythology and mermaids. Twisted and thought-provoking, NPR said “(Fawcett) has a flair for quiet drama and unfussy detail, and her dialogue positively fizzes. Little Washer startles, however, thanks to its commitment to the fantastic.” Fawcett’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Event, subTerrain, Other Voices, FreeFall, and more. She is a devoted Salt Spring Island Fiddle Camp participant.
Tech Cafe: Intro to everything Mac | Wednesday, July 29, 12-1 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.
Tech Cafe: Intro to everything Mac. Join Salt Spring resident Donn Tarris for a session on Macs, from set-up, to file management, to special features. Bring your questions, and let Donn help you learn more about your new (or long-time) machine. There will be an introductory session from noon to 1:00 pm, and a more in-depth session from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Please register ahead of time. Donn Tarris has more than 30 years’ experience working with and teaching audio engineering, digital image manipulation, and FileMaker Pro Database Creation.
Art Talk: Stefanie Denz’ “Women in my Paintings” Wednesday, August 5, 6 p.m.
Hear Stefanie Denz’ talk on “Women in my paintings; narratives of discovery within covert spaces”. The Salt Spring artist will discuss her paintings as intellectual and emotional examinations of relationships, focussing on women in their daily interactions. The work in the exhibit dramatizes situations of women negotiating their desires within and through their many roles in society.
Poetry Book Launch: Deanna Young’s House Dreams | Saturday, August 8, 7 p.m.
Deanna Young’s haunted and haunting third book of poetry, House Dreams, is a core sample of the life we all live underground, and a view beneath the foundations of the various eras and places that make up one woman’s life story. These poems have the plainspoken power, surreal shifting, uncanny logic and transformed everyday imagery of our most numinous dreams.
Book Reading: Caitlin Rother’s True Crime | Thursday, August 13, 4 p.m.
True Crime with Author Caitlin Rother, New York Times bestselling author of 10 books, Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, summertime Island visitor, and writing/research coach and consultant. She will discuss her most recent books, which feature murder cases involving greed, addiction, sexual motives and mental illness. Rother’s latest releases include the mystery novel Naked Addiction and true crime books I’ll Take Care of You and the upcoming Then No One Can Have Her.