A new literary anthology from the Alberni Valley celebrates local authors for a good cause.
Posted by RCN Media, Alberniology is a colorful collection of fiction, poetry and non-fiction — featured with photography by Chris Hancock Donaldson — that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the Alberni Valley and the people who call it home.
The authors and publisher have agreed to forgo royalties and profits and donate them to the Alberni Valley Hospice Society, which provides support, education and advocacy to individuals and their families facing a crisis. disease limiting life expectancy, death and bereavement.
Alberniology will be holding its official launch at both Electric Mermaid: Live Reads from Char’s Landing on Friday, November 19th. The event will be held in person and live online via Zoom starting at 5:45 p.m. You can find the link by going to charslanding. com.
“For local readers of Alberniology, we hope you enjoy looking in the mirror at the many glimpses you get of this place we love and call home, ”said Derek Hanebury, Electric Mermaid host and longtime Alberni Valley writer , who co-edited the book with Jacqueline Carmichael. “And every penny of the proceeds goes to the Alberni Valley Hospice Society.”
From floating homes along Alberni Inlet, encounters with Sasquatch, 50-pound chinooks and Mars water bombers, to Sproat Lake, Cathedral Grove and the splendor of the rainforest, the This book’s writing captures the raw beauty of the land and the spirit of its inhabitants.
Writers who have contributed to the book include Judith Hutchison, Cynthia Sharp, Ian Cognito, Roberta Joehle, Karen Poirier, Libbie Morin, Diane Dobson, Dan Biggs, Laura Sturgeon, Vicki Drybrough, Deb Oakes, Victoria Roscoe-Roumanis, Joanna Streetly, Kathleen Vance, David Kipling, Linda K. Thompson, Derek Hanebury, Jacqueline Carmichael, Stephen Novik, Randy Fred, Bruce Hornidge, Margaret Growcott, Winter Darby, and Rory Robert Rickwood.
“This is a very local effort, and we are proud to have it edited, published and printed on Vancouver Island,” said co-editor Jacqueline Carmichael.
Alberniology costs $ 25 and is available online at RCN Media (www.rcn.media/alberniology). Copies will also be available at launch.
Electric Mermaid: Live Reads from Char’s Landing is a monthly literary read with national featured readers and an organized open mic, held on the third Friday of each month. To be on Luma’s list for the organized open mic, writers can email moderator Karl Korven at [email protected]