Victoria’s Book Club promises talks with notable and up-and-coming authors – Peninsula News Review


Residents of Victoria are invited to spend their spring months with a virtual book club, reading poetry, fiction, short stories and narrative non-fiction from four area authors.

Open from March to June, the book club is a new project of the Victoria Festival of Authors. At the end of each month, readers can connect to a virtual discussion with the author.

The first book featured (March 22) is Last Show on Earth by former Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer. It is a compilation of poems exploring death, disability and the fate of the world.

On April 27, residents can enjoy a collection of short fiction films by Seattle-based author Kim Fu. Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century uses sci-fi, fantasy and crime to explore the dark underbelly of seemingly normal tales.

Harley Rustad, Salt Spring Island-born author and editor of The Walrus, will be featured on May 25. His book, Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas, tells the true story of a backpacker’s disappearance in India.

The series will conclude on June 22 with author Gurjinder Basran’s new novel, Help! I’m alive.

It explores the aftermath of a teenager’s death and how those left behind manage to live.

All events take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and are virtual and by donation. Registration and other information can be found at

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