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Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival May 19-21, also famed author to hold book signing in mall
Shuswap international award-winning author Gail Anderson-Dargatz will be signing copies of her latest novel on May 20 at Bookingham Palace in Salmon Arm as well as launching it at the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival on May 21 at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

A very literary weekend is on the horizon for Salmon Arm.

Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival runs from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21, beginning with Café Lit and refreshments at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort on Friday night. Saturday will see workshops all day and a red-carpet event at the Prestige Saturday night, followed by a variety of workshops Sunday – these to be held at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College.

On Saturday, book sales will take place all day in the hotel’s main hall.

A special event Sunday morning at the college will be the book launch of The Almost Widow, the latest novel from the Shuswap’s international award-winning author Gail Anderson-Dargatz.

Although regular registration for the writers’ festival closed on May 15, on-site registration is available with cash or credit card (no meals). Registration opens at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 in the hotel lobby.

Presenters at the festival include Theresa Kishkan, Chris (C.C.) Humphreys, Caitlin Hicks, Howard White, Brian Thomas Isaac, Valdy, Jacqueline Guest, Miranda Krogstad, Deanna Kawatski, Andrew Buickley, Conor Kerr and M.D. Jackson.

Visit the festival website for more information on presenters, workshops and the schedule at: or contact Kay Johnston at

Also coming up this weekend, but not part of the festival, Gail Anderson-Dargatz will hold a book signing in Salmon Arm for The Almost Widow. It will take place at Bookingham Palace in the Mall at Piccadilly from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Read more: Valdy pleased to return to Salmon Arm for Word on the Lake Writers Festival

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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