We were all deeply saddened by the news. Stephen Reid was an exceptional author and a remarkable human being, and we were looking forward to having him here in Nelson.
Susan Musgrave has indicated she will honour her commitment to the Festival as a featured presenter and as our writer-in-residence, and we’re grateful considering these difficult circumstances. We extend our condolences to Susan and her family.*********
It’s all about creative family dynamic when internationally-renowned literary greats share the spotlight at the 7th annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in Nelson, B.C. July 12 to 15.
Multi-disciplinary writer Susan Musgrave will be honoring her late husband Stephen Reid, who passed away in June, whose novel Jackrabbit Parole was written while serving time for bank robbery. Joining Susan will be Giller prize-winner Esi Edugyan, and her husband, award-winning poet and novelist Steven Price. They’ll share their literary brilliance at the Saturday Night Live! event, but it doesn’t stop there: audience members will get a peak at what makes our creative couples tick when Globe and Mail Western Arts Correspondent Marsha Lederman interviews them live on stage.
The 100-mile Opening Gala stars are PRISM international poetry competition winner Jordan Mounteer from Winlaw, New Denver poet, novelist, and journalist Sean Arthur Joyce, and Nelson poet Rayya Liebich.
Saturday panels explore themes of creativity and resilience. Be sure to check out the crime fiction “Murder at the Festival” panel featuring West and East Kootenay mystery writers Dave Butler, Rachel Greenaway, Roz Nay and Judy Toews, moderated by Deryn Collier.