Attendees of the QB Reads exhibit opening on June 7 take a look around the second-floor exhibit, which features info about local authors, history on the library and Mulberry Bush bookstore. — Adam Kveton Photo

New exhibit celebrates authors, reading in Qualicum Beach

Museum showcases books by four local authors with new summer exhibit

The Qualicum Beach Museum is sharing some of the history of reading in the area and the talent of local writers with a new exhibit, open June 8-Sept. 29.

The summer exhibit, located on the museum’s second floor, gives some history on two bastions of the written word from the area — the Qualicum Beach Library and the Mulberry Bush bookstore — as well as four local authors with recently published books.

Those are: Ralph Martin with Cross Canada Adventures, Carollyne Haynes with A Matter of Issue, Dan Lundine with My Mother Married My Boyfriend, and Elinor Florence with Wildwood.

In addition to featuring each author on individual info posters with their bio and their book, the QB Reads exhibit offers locals and tourists a chance to meet one or all the authors and learn about their work on four author nights.

All taking place at 7 p.m. and all free (though the museum advises calling ahead to reserve seats), Martin’s night in June 28, Lundine’s is on July 26, Florence’s on Aug. 23 and Haynes’ on Sept. 27.

“This is great. I’m quite excited about the whole thing,” said Martin at the opening night of the exhibit on June 7.

“I tell my friends I’m old enough now to be in the museum,” he said with a laugh, adding that he was excited to be contacted by the museum to be part of the exhibit.

“It’s good for the soul when people say, ‘We’re excited about what you’re doing.’”

The museum’s manager, Netanja Waddell, said the idea for the exhibit came from a trip she took to Croatia. At the opening of the exhibit, she described finding a library with books hanging from the ceiling.

“I thought it was kind of magical,” she said, adding that she then worked with the museum to come up with an idea incorporating that kind of installation.

She said the historical information about the library and the bookstore show how important reading has been doing residents over many years.

The library, for instance, was founded in 1937, and began as “a few shelves in a shop devoted to leather craft and dressmaking,” according to an info poster in the exhibit. It later moved to the cold storage locker of a grocery store, which earned it the name “The Deep Freeze.”

Mulberry Bush bookstore first opened in 1975, with current owners Barb and Tom Pope being the longest owners of the bookstore, starting in 1989.

Despite big box bookstores, the internet and e-books, and despite the inhospitable first few locations of the library, these institutions of reading continue on, and are featured at the museum as examples of how important reading is to Qualicum Beach.

For more info, go to www.qbmuseum.ca.

Just Posted

RDN to create conceptual designs for fire halls

Committee endorses standardization design of buildings

Oceanside RCMP asking for help in finding teen

Isaiah Taylor may be in Qualicum Beach, Tofino or Victoria

Coast Guard searching waters off Tofino for three missing men

Search crews are concentrating their efforts in a 41km area near Tofino

Washington State man facing murder charges in 1987 killing of Victoria couple

Two counts of aggravated first-degree murder filed against William Talbott II in Snohomish

30 degrees and warmer forecasted with heat wave in B.C.

The weather could stay well into next week, according to Environment Canada

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after an incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

QB Jennings leads Lions to 22-10 win over Alouettes

B.C. wins CFL home opener over Montreal

Most Read