Stella Leventoyannis Harvey

Power to Transform

Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” Harvey Fierstein   

This week we completed the last in our Spring Reading Series for 2018. Four award winning authors—Chelene Knight (Dear Current Occupant), John Mavin (Rage), Arlene Paré (The Girls with Stone Faces) and Timothy Taylor (The Rule of Stephens) took the stage with our very own Rebecca Wood Barrett hosting the evening’s event.

The glimpse the authors provided into the worlds they were writing about was both inspiring and humbling to me. I left knowing that as a writer I have to continue to strive to be better and the only way to do that is to continue to practice my art.

And as event organizer (yes, the other hat I wear), I was reminded again and again of why I do what I do. Various members of the audience took the time to find me and thank me for a wonderful evening of words, stories and discussion. “Who knew you could get this in a ski town,” someone said. “What an incredible evening,” another person told me. “Thank you for doing this.”

Its the authors and our moderator that deserve our thanks. So I thank you again for all you do. Thank you to Dan Ellis at Armchair Books for always having our authors’ wonderful books available at our events. And to you, our audience, thank you for your support.  The literary arts in Whistler would not exist without you.

Now mark your calendars: this year’s Whistler Writers Festival is October 11th to 14th. Tickets go on sale on August 13th.

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