Travel, Place, Identity: Unpacking the Idea of Home Reading Event

Friday, May 17

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

Location: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler B.C.

Tickets $22

April 22, 2019: Whistler, B.C. – The Whistler Writers Festival is thrilled to announce the line-up for its Spring reading event, Travel, Place, Identity: Unpacking the Idea of Home, happening Friday May 17 at 7pm at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. The event features four authors, including Pat Ardley, Frank Wolf, Becky Livingston and Geoff Powter, and will explore how our identity and our understanding of home is influenced by where we live, or where we travel.

Whistler-based writer, editor and biologist Leslie Anthony will moderate the event. Short readings will be followed by conversations about the questions of “What will we find out about ourselves when we examine our sense of place under the microscope?” And, “What does home mean, and do we change if it changes?”

Pat Ardley was born in the Canadian prairies; a yellow Toyota, the voice of Cat Stevens and a best friend brought her to BC. After a life of adventure on the west coast with the love of her life, building the world class Rivers Lodge in Rivers Inlet, she is now settled in West Vancouver where she tends to a beautiful garden, sings in a bluegrass choir and enjoys many cups of tea and glasses of champagne with friends. Pat can be seen walking the seashore with her beloved dog Lindsay by her side and taking in many a music concert. Her memoir Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon: Life at a Rivers Inlet Fishing Lodge is a touching tribute to coastal life.

Frank Wolf is an adventurer, filmmaker, writer and environmentalist. In addition to his film work, he is known for magazine feature articles and online columns that document wilderness expeditions around the world, with a focus on the Canadian North. His expeditions include being the first to canoe across Canada in one season and cycling 2000 km in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome. His films include Wild Ones, The Hand of Franklin, Kitturiaq, On the Line, Mammalian and Borealis, all of which are broadcast regularly on CBC’s documentary channel in Canada. His new book is Lines on a Map: Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration.

Becky Livingston grew up in England. After graduate work in the US, she moved to Vancouver, BC, and worked as an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. In 2015, she completed the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. Her work appears in the anthology Always With Me. She currently lives in Nelson, BC. The Suitcase and the Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes is her first book.

Geoff Powter is a long time climber and adventurer with 13 Himalayan expeditions and dozens of Canadian first ascents on his resume. He is the winner of 14 National Magazine Awards including both the Gold and Silver awards in the same year in the Sports Journalism category. Powter was the Founding Editor of Polar Circus, and Editor of The Canadian Alpine Journal for 13 years. He is the author of two previous books — Canadian Summits and Strange and Dangerous Dreams: The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness. His latest book is Inner Ranges: An Anthology of Mountain Thoughts and Mountain People.

“Anyone who has traveled or lived in lands that were not their place of origin will have thought about what home means, and how much we identify with our sense of place,” said Stella Harvey, Artistic Director. “Our four guest authors are all asking questions about how we identify with place in different ways, whether it’s through great loss, living a life of adventure on the west coast, risk-taking in the mountains, or an examination of Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism and settler colonialism.”

In addition, the Unpacking the Idea of Home reading event is holding a writing contest for anyone living in the Sea to Sky Corridor—from Lions Bay to Lillooet—to enter their short pieces (250 words or less) about the theme: “How is our sense of self influenced by where we live or travel? What does home mean? The winner will receive a cash prize of $100, tickets to the event, and the chance to read their entry alongside the guest authors. For more contest details see

Tickets are $22 for the reading event, and are available now at

The society runs the Whistler Writers Festival taking place October 17 to 20, 2019, the Whistler Writer in Residence, and the Authors in the Schools program. For full details, visit