Qualicum Beach author John Gordon Smith to do pair of readings

Parksville, Qualicum Beach libraries to play host

Qualicum Beach author John Gordon Smith will read from his recently published book of short stories, It’s All A Question of Perspective at the Parksville Library on Tuesday Sept. 17 and at the Qualicum Beach Library on Wednesday Sept. 18.

Both readings will take place at 2 p.m.

John will also present a reading at St. Mark’s Church, 138 Hoylake Road West, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Church Hall.

“Now that I’ve retired to Qualicum Beach, I have found the time to get some of my stories organized and self-published,” said Smith.

“We had quite a time deciding what to call me, as ‘John Smith’ looks like a hoax. My stories are varied, but they generally deal with the effect of events on the lives of ordinary people. I believe readers will enjoy these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.”

The stories telling of love and loss, trust and betrayal, self-sacrifice and abuse. According to Smith, they challenge conflicting perspectives, test relationships in marriages, families and friendships and delve into the loss of loved ones.

Feedback from readers has been very positive, according to Smith.

John is working on more short stories and a novel.

When not writing, John sings in a local community choir, helps his wife in the garden, and walks Brooke, their Newfoundland dog, in Qualicum Beach’s Heritage Forest.

John Gordon Smith looks forward to sharing some of his stories at the readings, and will be selling signed copies for $20.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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