Words teach, entertain, provoke thought, provide insight and help give our lives meaning. Through the Fall Feast of Words, the Strathcona County Library celebrates the written word by hosting a series of authors in conversation. This year there are 7 sessions throughout the month of October. Mark your calendars and please join us.

Fran Kimmel, No Good Asking

When a family struggling with sorrow, stress, and missed signals agrees to take in a young girl found wandering in the cold, they soon discover that the only thing harder than taking her in may be letting her go. In her new novel, No Good Asking, award-winning author Fran Kimmel explores our capacity to heal one another.

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
Strathcona Community Centre Meeting Room #3

Spencer Sekyer, Saving Manno

At a zoo in Kurdistan, Strathcona County teacher Spencer Sekyer formed an unlikely bond with Manno, a young chimpanzee who had been sold into captivity. Determined to get Manno home to Africa, Spencer dove into the shadowy world of global animal trafficking, and set in motion an international effort to get his friend to safety.

Wednesday, October 9, 7:00-8:30 pm
Strathcona Community Centre Meeting Room #3

Ryan North, How to Invent Everything

In his hilarious and educational guide, Ryan North attempts to explain all the science, art, engineering, philosophy, math, and music required to build technological civilization–from scratch–on your own.

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00-8:30 pm
Strathcona Community Centre Meeting Room #3

Linden MacIntyre, The Wake

On November 18, 1929, a tsunami struck Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, killing 28 and leaving hundreds more homeless or destitute. In the decades to follow, the aftermath would claim hundreds if not thousands more lives. Born near one of the villages destroyed by the tsunami, Linden MacIntyre traces its deadly legacy.

Saturday, October 19, 2:00-3:30 pm
Strathcona County Council Chambers

Anne Bokma, My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman’s Secular Search for a More Soulful Life

Anne Bokma takes a tender, tongue-in-cheek journey on this year-long experiment to try living a more soulful life. Along the way she hires a ‘soul coach’, tries magic mushrooms, hosts a death dinner, spends a week at witch camp – and more!

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00-8:30 pm
Strathcona Community Centre Meeting Room #3

Frank Wolf, Lines on a Map

Adventurer, filmmaker, and environmentalist Frank Wolf weaves together humour, drama, and local knowledge to transport readers to the outermost corners of the globe, in a quest to celebrate the freedom to move, explore, and be wild.

Thursday, October 24, 7:00-8:30 pm
Strathcona Community Centre Meeting Room #3

Sally Ito, The Emperor’s Orphans

During WWII, approximately 4,000 Japanese-Canadians were “repatriated” to Japan, including members of Sally Ito’s family. In this memoir, Ito re-lives the displacement of her relatives and reflects on themes of culture and identity as they have impacted her and all the Emperor’s Orphans.

Monday, October 28, 7:00-8:30 pm
Strathcona Community Centre Meeting Room #3