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Posted: December 23, 2018

St. Eugene Resort a new literary hub in the Kootenays

This winter St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino will host a literary reading series every Friday night and offer two extended St. Eugene Writers Workshops.

The Friday Literature Series will bring award-winning authors to St. Eugene Resort to read and discuss their work. The Friday readings are free and open to the public. St. Eugene will also host two writing workshops, which will give Kootenay writers the opportunity to participate in an intensive workshop setting refining their craft.

The first St. Eugene Friday Literary Reading will be January 11, featuring Dave Butler, a long time Cranbrook resident. Full Curl, Dave’s first Jenny Willson mystery, won the Arthur Ellis Award for the best first mystery book of the year. No Place for Wolverines, Dave’s second Jenny Willson mystery, appeared this fall to equally glowing reviews.

On January 18, the St. Eugene Friday Literature Series will feature bestselling author Sue Purvis of Whitefish, Montana. Her memoir, Go Find, details training an avalanche rescue dog and finding herself in the process. Acclaimed journalist Sebastian Junger called Go Find, “A brave and profound book.”

Over the following Fridays, the St. Eugene Literary Series will host a variety of authors from Angie Abdou to Pat Morrow. All the readings are free and open to the public and they start at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to each reading, St. Eugene Resort will host an intimate dinner with the author. Reservations will be limited to 10. The St. Eugene Resort Executive Chef will prepare a special three-course meal for the author and guests.

For reservations to the Friday author dinners, please call St. Eugene Resort, 250-423-2000.

The full author list can found on the Events section of the St. Eugene Resort website,

The first Writers Workshop will be held on the weekend of February 22 to 24. The adult workshop leaders will be Tom Wayman, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, author of over 30 books and author/journalist Keith Liggett from Fernie. A special Youth Session will be led by Danielle Gibson of Fernie.

Tom’s workshop section will mix writers in different genres—poetry, fiction/non-fiction—in a single group to create a variety of perspectives on each participating writer’s work. Keith’s Finding Your Voice workshop uses writing exercises, discussion of works in progress and selected readings to help individuals create a unique voice in their writing.

A second Writers Workshop will be held May 6 to 12. At this workshop writers will have the opportunity to sign up for genre specific sessions—Fiction/Non-fiction, poetry, playwriting and others. Instructors will range from Anna Marie Sewell, former Poet Laureate of Edmonton to local writing guru Sioux Browning. There will be afternoon panel discussions and evening readings open to the public for free.

The workshop sections are limited to between six and 10 participants on a first-come basis. Registration is now open. For more information on the Writers Workshops visit:

Of the reading series and the workshops, the organizer Keith Liggett said, “Historically, St. Eugene is a school. The series and the workshops will create a positive experience over the unfortunate history of the building. We have the opportunity to build a great literary centre at St. Eugene Resort. One that will benefit the whole region. While at the same time, fully accepting and recognizing the past.”

For reservations for the Friday authors dinners please call St. Eugene Resort at 250-423-2000.

St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino is a 125-room property with an 18-hole championship golf course, the Casino of the Rockies, three dining outlets, the Ktunaxa Nation Interpretive Centre, a health club with outdoor heated pools and a spa.

With sweeping views of both the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, the 300-acre Resort in the heart of the East Kootenay provides an inspiring, one-of-a-kind environment.


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