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Spring months call for programming to inspire writers and readers alike

February 10, 2017

Oakville Public Library has great adult programming scheduled throughout the spring months, including two can’t-miss talks from notable authors in March alone.

On March 8, the library will welcome journalist and author Ann Walmsley to the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre to speak about her first book, The Prison Book Club, and describe her personal experiences with writing the publication.

The Prison Book Club tells the story of Walmsley’s time while participating in monthly book clubs at two male prisons over the span of eighteen months. The telltale book was longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and named as a best book of 2015 by the National Post.

The library will also see authors Roberta Rich, Emily Schultz, and Eva Stachniak on March 23 at An Evening of Historical Fiction where they will discuss their most recent novels.

Rich’s A Trial in Venice concludes the dramatic bestselling trilogy following protagonist Hannah Levi’s journey during the 16th century.

Men Walking on Water – Schultz’s latest novel – is a compelling story about rum-running in the 1920’s.

Finally, Stachniak’s The Chosen Maiden tells the story of dancer and choreographer Bronia Nijinska, sister of Vaslav Nijinsky.

After presenting their works, the authors will offer book signings for audience members.

Attending either talk will offer inspiration and insight for interested writers and book enthusiasts, while additional upcoming programs will provide motivation for pursuing hobbies in reading and writing.

The How to Write a Novel and How to Make Yourself Write programs present a great opportunity for aspiring writers who want to begin their writing careers. Led by industry professionals, these two programs will guide customers through the writing process, teach various writing styles, as well as encourage participants to get creative with their ideas and set goals.

The library also offers a free online book club – Oakville Reads – where customers who love to read are able to discuss their thoughts and insights with others. Oakville Reads is an ongoing open program, and interested customers are welcome to join at any time.

The Oakville Public Library offers a variety of programming throughout the year and continues to provide various workshops and classes catered to inspire both readers and writers.

For a full list of programming, please visit www.opl.ca or pick up a copy of our Program Guide from your local branch.


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on February 10, 2017.