love song to summer

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 30 2017

This came across my mailbox today. A little view of The Summer Book in the Coast Reporter. Nice to see my name in there as well.

Love song to summer
The Summer Book, a new collection from Mother Tongue Publishing, drips with nostalgia. The 24 B.C. writers who share their stories reach back to their childhoods for inspiration – what did summer mean to a child? Maybe picnicking at Lumberman’s Arch (Eve Joseph) or climbing trees (JJ Lee). Or it could be learning to swim in the 28-foot swimming pool at a quirky South Vancouver home for Fiona Tinwei Lam. There’s much to admire in Daniela Elza’s Stairway to Haven – she writes prose with the voice of a poet. The book opens with a gorgeously lyrical short piece, Love Song, by Pender Harbour writer Theresa Kishkan who arouses the spirit of the Sunshine Coast in her description. The reader can almost hear the thrushes sing and inhale the scent of fresh raspberries. The book is illustrated with understated drawings and linocuts by Gary Sim and Peter Haase in black and white. In this case, it is the prose that gives colour to the book.

Some July launches:

Victoria, BC
Sunday, July 9, 7 pm
@ Martin Batchelor Gallery.
Doors open 6:30,
Readers: Eve Joseph, DC Reid, Carla Funk.

Harrison Hot Springs
Monday, July 10 at 8:30pm.
Tickets: $14.50
Harrison Hot Springs Memorial Hall, 290 Esplanade Ave.,
Harrison Hot Springs.
Featuring Grant Lawrence, Chelene Knight, Trevor Carolan, and Bren Simmers.
Details at

Thursday, July 13, 7pm
@ Vernon Public Library.
Readers: Sarah de Leeuw, Trevor Carolan and Harold Rhenisch.

I will not be around for those, but hope you can catch a convenient to you location to celebrate the book. I hope to make any August launches. Until then I hope to have more summer patio moments. Here I am on my patio with the book. These serendipitous photos were snapped by Rick Muise who says he only takes pictures of birds. Little did he know I am one. But perhaps he did know… :-)

Happy summer to all.

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