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Eleanor Wachtel and Elizabeth Hay to headline Shuswap Bookfest
Okanagan College Media Release

Eleanor Wachtel Sept 2015Okanagan College’s inaugural Shuswap Bookfest is bringing two internationally renowned writers to Salmon Arm - Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, on Oct. 1, and Elizabeth Hay, winner of the Giller Prize for her novel Late Nights on Air, on Oct. 2.

Both presentations take place at the Salmar Classic Theatre and begin at 7 p.m.

Shuswap Bookfest is a community event that aims to bring book lovers and writers together and build public dialogue and discussion. The events take place over the course of two evenings and kick off with Wachtel’s unique talk entitled
The Lives of Writers, which will include interview clips with great writers and will look at several aspects of the relationship between the writer, their work and the readers. The event will be moderated by Okanagan College Professor Dr. Tim Walters.

Hay will be introducing her new book His Whole Life and will be stage-interviewed
by Okanagan College Professor of English Dr. Alix Hawley, whose latest book “All True Not a Lie in It” won the First Novel Award in 2015.
Elizabeth Hay Sept 2015

The audience will have an opportunity to engage with the presenters in a question-and-answer period following each event.

Copies of Hay’s latest book will be for sale in the lobby of the Salmar Classic, and she will be available for autographs following the event.

Tickets are priced at $20 per person or $10 for seniors (aged 65 or older) and students. Tickets for both nights are $30 per person or $15 for seniors and students and are available at both Salmar Theatre box offices, Wearabouts Clothing, the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College and online at

The Prestige Harbourfront Resort has special room rates available for audience members from out of town.

The Shuswap Bookfest is possible thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm and the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. Community partners include the Shuswap Writers Association and the Salmar Community Association.