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Author Readings at the Ryga Festival
Thursday, August 30th and Friday, August 31st, 1 pm. both days. Both these authors are recipients of the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness
Bev Sellars reads
Date: Friday, August 31

Bev Sellars

Winner of the 2014 George Ryga Book Award for Social Awareness for They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School, which spent 40 weeks on the BC best sellers list, Bev Sellars is a bold advocate for her community on issues including racism and residential schools as well as the environmental and social consequences of resource exploitation in her region.

Now retired as Chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nations in Williams Lake, she holds degrees in history and law and has served as an advisor to the BC Treaty Commission.

Chief Sellers will be joined by her husband, Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla (Hereditary Chief Bill Wilson) who has written the forward and contributed to both Bev Sellars books.

Time: 1:00pm
Venue: Summerland Library
Admission: Free

Harold Rhenisch
Date: Thursday, August 30

Harold Rhenisch

Harold Rhenisch reads from his poetry and prose, and talks about his blog,

Poet, editor, blogger, Harold Rhenisch has written more than twenty books in different media. Born near Cawston, BC, he grew up working in the orchards of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, and has drawn lifelong inspiration from his native terroir.

In all his prolific writing, tireless blogs and breathtaking images, Rhenisch has been striving “to create an authentic literature for the silent rural parts of Canada, to place their images and dialects on an equal footing with those of the modern urban world.”
Harold Rhenisch was the 2007 recipient of the annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.

Read more about Harold at

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Venue: Summerland Library
Admission: Free

Date: Wednesday, August 29

Glen Cairns Reads Ryga's "One More for the Road"

One More for the Road – by George Ryga, a monologue with music.

George Ryga wrote the one-person show One More For the Road for long-time friend Dick Clements.

We see and hear the spoken and sung ramblings of Everyman figure Chester C. Sharpe – which Ryga biographer James Hoffman calls “a composite of Clements and Ryga.”

Performed by Glen Cairns with banjo music by Tavis Weir, followed by Q&A with Dick Clements.

Time: 3 pm
Venue: Summerland Arts Centre
Admission: Free, by donation