Beautiful Granville Island, a hub of artists studios and farmers market, right on the harbour, an amazing site for the Wrtiers Festival. And what a festival. Festival director Hal Wake helms a celebration of words. I had the amazing opportunity to read with Joseph Boyden, Cordelia Strube, and Ian Weir and discuss the process of writing: the daunting blank page, the pains of rejection, the pathways into the story. I could have just sat and listened. Funny to see that even these veterans fall silent and there is a nervous energy before they walk on stage. But then they open up and give so generously. Coming in through the wings, we couldn’t see the house, so it was surprising to see a crowd of 200+. The community support is amazing. The questions were great, the audience so embracing. Joseph fulfilled a young girl’s request for a moose call! At the book signing, a woman in her seventies leaned in and said “I was in a prairie fire when I was child.” I asked her, “Did I get it right?” “Oh, yes.” I had done my job.