Award-winning authors to read at Sidney’s Red Brick

Stephen Hume and M.A.C. Farrant follow sold-out poets’ reading in February.

Local award-winning authors M.A.C. Farrant

Whether you’re a true story devotee or a fiction aficionado, you’ll be in for a treat April 2 when respected authors Stephen Hume and M.A.C. Farrant headline the next evening in the Red Brick Reading Series. The pair will be reading from some of their most recent works.

“We’re delighted to have two more excellent local authors here to share their work and help us raise funds for the October Literary Festival,” said Sharon Hope, president of the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society.

Hume’s most recent book, A Walk with the Rainy Sisters, invites readers to share in his love and awe of British Columbia. Other works include Lilies and Fireweed, a collection of essays exploring the contribution women have made in shaping B.C., and Bush Telegraph, also a collection of essays that won a B.C. 2000 Book Prize.

Hume has written numerous other books of poetry, essays, natural history and historical biography, and he has contributed to two dozen other books, anthologies, teaching and reference texts.

Farrant, well known for her acerbic wit and originality, is the author of over a dozen works of fiction, non-fiction and essay, including The World Afloat – Miniatures, published last year and which won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

Her memoir, My Turquoise Years, published in 2004, was later adapted for the stage and premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre in 2013.

Both Hume and Farrant teach writing at the University of Victoria and other educational institutions.

The Red Brick Reading Series aims to connect local authors and local readers, and is a key fundraiser for the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival happening this October.

Through a “Sponsor an Author” intitiative, the festival organizers have created an opportunity for the community to donate funds toward the costs of organizing the festival.

The readings begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at the Red Brick Café, 2423 Beacon Ave. in Sidney.

Tickets are $10, and are available at Tanner’s Books in Sidney and Munro’s Books in Victoria.

There will also be live music, book signings and a 50/50 draw.

For more information, visit sidneyliteraryfestival.ca/red_brick.html.