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Memory bog and island connections
George Szanto seems to have an affinity for islands. Among the works of the prolific B.C. writer are numerous mystery novels that are co-authored with Sandy Frances Duncan. The Islands Investigations International mystery series includes Never Sleep with a Suspect (set on Gabriola Island), Always Kiss the Corpse (set on Whidbey Island) and Never Hug a Mugger (set on Quadra Island).
Bowen Island is still missing from the list and Szanto will come to its shores on Sunday, September 22, to read as part of the Bowen Island Arts Council’s 2013-14 Literary Series at 4 p.m. at the Gallery at Artisan Square.
Murder is not the topic of this event, but there is definitely an island connection. “I’ll be reading from Bog Tender,” Szanto says. “There’ll be some bits about the world of my bog on Gabriola, and some bits about how those tie to chunks of stories hidden in my memory-bog, allowing some discussion about memoir and the natural world of these islands.”
Szanto has only been to Bowen Island once, about seven years ago, for a meeting of the Writers Union of Canada where he represented B.C. But his wife has a strong connection to the island. “My wife summered on Bowen in her teens, the ‘50s, and the cottage her family stayed in had belonged to Wallace and Ethel Wilson, who later gave it to UBC,” he said.
The September 22 event is free as it is sponsored by Bowen Island’s Friends of the Library. For more information on Szanto, please http://www.georgeszanto.com.