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Geoff Berner- Festival Man

Our amazing friend Geoff Berner will be reading from his first novel, Festival Man.

Travel in the entertaining company of a man made of equal parts bullshit and inspiration, in what is ultimately a twisted panegyric to the power of strange music to change people from the inside out.

At turns funny and strangely sobering, this "found memoir" is a picaresque tale of inspired, heroic deceit, incompetence, and – just possibly – triumph. Follow the flailing escapades of maverick music manager Campbell Ouiniette at the Calgary Folk Festival, as he leaves a trail of empty liquor bottles, cigarette butts, bruised egos, and obliterated relationships behind him. His top headlining act has abandoned him for the Big Time. In a fit of self-delusion or pure genius (or perhaps a bit of both), Ouiniette devises an intricate scam, a last hurrah in an attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of his girlfriend, the music industry, and the rest of the world. He reveals his path of destruction in his own transparently self-justifying, explosive, profane words, with digressions into the Edmonton hardcore punk rock scene, the Yugoslavian Civil War, and other epicentres of chaos.

 

Julie Fowler - Grande Dames of the Cariboo

The Grande Dames of the Cariboo: Discovering Vivien Cowan and Sonia Cornwall and their intriguing friendship with A.Y. Jackson and Joseph Plaskett

Author Julie Fowler began a quest to find out more about an artist from the Cariboo named Sonia Cornwall (1919–2006). Through interviews, letters, original artworks, articles, exhibition catalogues, imaginings of conversations and occurrences, along with her own reflections on the experience, she pieced together a story of pioneering, love and the pursuit of art. But in searching for Sonia, Fowler found an unanticipated new friend in Sonia’s mother, Vivien Cowan (1893–1990). Vivien became a larger part of the story than Fowler could possibly have imagined.

In this genre-bending work published by Caitlin Press in 2013, Fowler expertly and creatively weaves her search for an understanding of her own passion for art and her love of the Cariboo with a mesmerising story of creative life in one of BC’s earliest pioneer communities.

Julie Fowler recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan and has a background in art history. Passionate about art and the Cariboo, Julie is the Executive Director of Island Mountain Arts in the tiny historic town of Wells, BC, where she helped create the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art. Her first book, The Grande Dames of the Cariboo, was published by Caitlin Press in 2013.
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf
Written as the fictional memoirs of Campbell Ouiniette, a music manager of questionable repute, Geoff Berner’s debut novel is a fun, fast read. A musician by trade, Berner’s career as an international touring artist undoubtedly provided a wealth of experience to pull from. Filled with rock ’n’ roll misadventure and emotional debris, Campbell’s speed- and booze-fuelled ramblings reflect – accurately and often hilariously – the unconventional characters that exist within the music industry. - See more at: http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=8148#sthash.aSspFEA6.dpuf