Author series at local libraries

QUALICUM BECH — When Brigitte Roick speaks at the Qualicum Beach public library on Feb. 15, there won’t be any stern glances and angry shushing coming her way.

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QUALICUM BECH — When Brigitte Roick speaks at the Qualicum Beach public library on Feb. 15, there won’t be any stern glances and angry shushing coming her way.

That’s because the author of the adult fiction title, Moonchild, will be reading from her work as part of a series slated for libraries in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

The book is set in Germany in 1938 and tells the story of four-year-old Ingrid facing the death of her mother, her father becoming a Nazi, and his remarriage. The story is told with the innocence and curiosity of childhood. Her reading will kick off at 2 p.m.

She’s not the only author lined up for the series.

Poet Kamal Parmar’s Fleeting Shadows is a book of poems where she shares verses of beauty, life and childhood memories of India. Her verses reflect her acute observations, sensuous and innate sense of being in sync with nature.

Parmar will be in the Qualicum Library on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and in the Parksville Library, at 2 p.m. the following day.

Caorollyne Haynes, author of Raised by Committee will present a slide show and discussion on her creative non fiction book. Set in Devon in the 1960s, this is the story of an abandoned and abused young girl’s journey as she struggles to make sense of her past. Then at age 12, she is placed under the care of a Children’s Committee and sent to live in a children’s home.

Haynes’ focus will be writing through the pain to find the story within and struggling with a complex question: can a committee raise a child or replace a mother’s love?

Come for a thought-provoking discussion. She will be at the Qualicum Beach Library on Tuesday, March 1 at 2 p.m. and the Parksville Library on March 3 at 7 p.m.

All events are free.

For more information about library programs and services, call the Parksville library branch at 250-248-3841 or the Qualicum library branch at 250-752-6121 or visit the library website at

— The News

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