SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGER: Hyacinthe Miller, Writers Community of York Region (WCYR)
Catherine Sword, Librarian for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library hosts SHELF LIFE, a half-hour radio program on Whistle Radio – 102.7 FM. If you’re not in the Stouffville area, you can access programs online. Catherine is a proud WCDR and WCYR member.
On Wednesday afternoon, I sat in on an interview with B.W. Powe, an amazing author, poet and university professor at York University. We had coffee at a lovely coffee shop called For the Love of Jo, at 6308 Main St, Stouffville, just across from the clock tower. They also have locations at 54 Water St, Port Perry and closer to home, 372 The Queensway S, in Keswick. They have a great selection of hot and cold beverages plus a changing daily menu of comfort foods like butternut squash soup with cinnamon, beef chili (delicious and loaded with vegetables), sandwiches on tasty bagels, chicken pot pie and of course, an array of tempting desserts, including berry scones. Their tag line is “you can sleep when you’re dead… have another cup”. They also actively sponsor music and arts-related events, including Open Stage nights on Saturdays in Stouffville and Fridays in Port Perry. So drop by, check out what’s on and maybe even take to the stage.
I have to say, after spending an hour deep in wide-ranging conversation with Bruce and Catherine, I came away inspired by their incredible energy and love of books. I confess, I now have coffee shop envy. For the Love of Jo is a great place to linger. Are there any similar spots like that in Newmarket or East Gwillimbury? Let me know and I’ll make a list.
I shamelessly promoted WCYR to everyone who came in to the cafe and in the process, met a lovely young woman named Aurora. She dropped by for lunch and since she had a huge Nikon dangling from her neck, I figured she might be a writer. Alas, not yet, but I mentioned that we’re thinking of having local artists exhibit their works in conjunction with our meetings, so perhaps when she’s completed a year or so of her photography program at Humber College, she’ll get back in touch. Listen to this – to get to the campus on the Lakeshore, she has to take four buses and spends upwards of 2 1/2 hours in transit. Now that’s dedication. I told Aurora that folks like her are our hope for the future.
Bruce will be giving a reading at the Whitchurch-Stouffville library on September 29, 2011 at 7:30. Plan on attending – Bruce is a phenomenal speaker, it’s well worth the short drive from Newmarket and you’ll get to ask him questions about writing and about his body of work.
The radio show, Shelf Life, will air during the next two weeks:
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
Thursdays at 8:30 am
Sundays at 5:30 pm
If you can’t get the station at 102.7 on the FM dial, then listen to the interview on the website www.whistleradio.ca. Catherine is always looking for interesting published authors to interview, so check out the library website and drop her an email if you’re volunteering for an interview or if you have a suggestion!