Out Loud 2018: Passions Pursued

News Date: 
1 October 2018

“The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.” John C. Maxwell

This statement by leadership guru John Maxwell has been proven true by all of the presenters we have coming to Out Loud this year. Everyone of them has taken the dreams and passions stored within and poured them into their different creative endeavours that can be shared with the world. Being a library, the most common form of artistic expression we deal with is writing. So, it should come as no surprise that we have two outstanding authors as part of our line up this year. On Saturday, October 13, William Thomas. In addition to being an author, William is a scriptwriter and a nationally syndicated humour columnist. He is also the senior writer for Canada’s Forever Young. William has been nominated twice for the prestigious Gemini Award for writing movies for television.  He is the author of ten books of humour including the story of his buck-toothed cat named Malcolm titled Life In The Litterbox.  (You don’t have to read the book.  In the end, she got the car and he got the damn cat.) His tribute to the great Canadian sport of curling was titled Hey!  Is That Guy Dead Or Is He The Skip?  William claims 5,000 curlers bought that book … and later burned it. He wrote the definitive book on male behavior Guys – Not Real Bright And Damn Proud Of It! The memoir about his wee Irish mother Margaret was initially titled All Humour Needs A Victim And Your Mother Should Come First!  (That was changed to Margaret & Me because as the author says: “Even at 91, your mother can still get a lawyer!”) I could go on, but you get the picture. Be prepared for a night of hilarity. William will have books available for purchase that he will be happy to sign but if your budget won’t stretch that far, we do have most of them in the library.

Our next author is Kevin Van Tighem who returns to Sheep River on Friday, October 26.  Kevin is a former superintendent at Banff National Park, who has written more than 200 articles, stories and essays on conservation and wildlife which have garnered him many awards. He is the author of Bears Without Fear, The Homeward Wolf, Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River, and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta. To round out our author line up we have Authors Among Us on Saturday, October 27, 1:00-4:00. Join us for this informal symposium of authors who (mostly) live right among us in the Diamond Valley. These writers run the full spectrum of fiction, poetry, memoir, non-fiction and children’s books. You can meet with them one on one, listen to readings from their works and purchase their books. The coffee pot will also be on!

If you’ve had enough of authors and their books, don’t miss our spectacular musical event: Kristyn Harris in concert on Friday, October 19. (These tickets will go fast!). Kristyn hails fromTexas and this musical powerhouse is noted for her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique song-writing, award winning yodel and captivating stage presence. At 23, she is the youngest person to be awarded the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year and the only female to receive it twice. Kristyn was recently a contestant on American Idol.

All Out Loud events begin at 7:00 and are free, thanks to the wonderful work by our Friends Foundation but tickets are required due to limited seating and they may still be available at the library by the time you get this issue.

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Vintage Fashion Show. We will advertise the new date when we have it nailed down. In the meantime, if you wish to see the vintage clothing that is available at Banjolena’s Closet, then stop by Bertie’s at the old Blakeman’s store on Government Road in Black Diamond. 

This is our seventh year of presenting Out Loud and we hope you come to some or all of our events.