Root Memory: Of Trees and Bogs
Victoria Writers Festival
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Sponsored by The Malahat Review

What is a tree? Who are we? What is a bog? What do we remember?

The Malahat Review proudly sponsors readings and a panel discussion at Victoria Writers Festival, with Maleea Acker, Ken Howe, Theresa Kishkan, and George Szanto.

Host: B.C. Green Party Leader Adam Olsen.

Saturday, October 19, 2:45 pm, Camosun College, Gibson Auditorium

Tickets for Root Memory can be purchased online at the VWF website, or at Munro's Books and Ivy's Bookshop.

Root Memory Panelists

Maleea Acker

Maleea Acker is the author of two books of poems, The Reflecting Pool and Air-Proof Green (Pedlar Press, 2009 & 2013), and one book of essays, Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast (New Star Books, 2012).She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Victoria and has received fellowships to arts residencies in Canada, the US, Spain and Mexico. She lives on Vancouver island, in Saanich, where she famously, and to the consternation of her neighbours, let her front yard revert to its native state as a Garry Oak meadow.

Ken Howe

Ken Howe is the author of two previous collections: Household Hints for the End of Time and Cruise Control: A Theogony. He has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award, received the Regina Writing Hollinger Poetry Awards, and was selected to judge the Archibald Lampman Award for best book of poetry written in the Ottawa region. His latest book, The Civic-mindedness of Trees, was released in April 2013.

Theresa Kishkan

Theresa Kishkan has published three full collections of poetry and several chapbooks, 
one of which won the esteemed bpNichol Chapbook Prize. She has also published a collection of personal essays about history and travel and three novels: Sisters of Grass (Goose Lane Editions, 2000), A Man in a Distant Field (The Dundurn Group, 2004), and The Age of Water Lilies (Brindle & Glass, 2009), part of which takes place in 1960s Victoria. Her work has been nominated for a number of awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Relit Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, National Magazine Awards, and the Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction. Born in Victoria, B.C., Theresa Kishkan lives on the Sechelt Peninsula with her husband, the poet John Pass.

George Szanto

A National Magazine Award recipient and winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction, George Szanto is the author of several books of essays and half a dozen novels, including The Tartarus House on Crab, as well as his recent memoir, Bog Tender: Coming Home to Nature and Memory. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, George is also co-author of the Island Investigations International mystery series, which includes Never Sleep with a Suspect on Gabriola Island, Always Kiss the Corpse on Whidbey Island, Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island, and Always Love a Villain on San Juan Island. Please visit