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Black & Juby to Kick-off the Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival

Sep 13, 2016 Editor

The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival and Tanner’s Books will be hosting a fall series of reading events at the Shoal Centre. This year’s series begins with Arthur Black and Susan Juby on September 30, 2016.  Barbara Smith and M.A.C. Farrant will follow on October 28 and Steven Price and Pauline Holdstock on November 18.

Arthur Black is one of Canada’s best-known humorists and one of only three living writers to have won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times. A former host of the CBC Radio program, Basic Black, and the author of a syndicated newspaper column, Black is now permanently transplanted to Salt Spring Island. His most recent book Paint the Town Black (Harbour) takes on current topics with a off-centre way of looking at the world that Black has become known for.

Susan Juby is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers (winner of the Sheila Egoff award); Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) and The Woefield Poultry Collective. Her latest novel for adults is The Republic of Dirt was pronounced a “genuine delight” by The Globe and Mail. Juby currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog.

All events take place at the Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney and begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $10, include refreshments, and are available from Tanner’s Books and on-line at All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival.

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