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Authors Among Us–“Love and Loss: How Great Emotions Fuel Creativity.”

Authors Among Us - Love and Loss: How Great Emotions Fuel Creativity

Did you know that Surrey has a vibrant writing community?

Join us for lively discussions and author readings at the Guildford Library.

Interact with local authors to learn about their works and the writing process. Whether you are looking for a new read or are interested in writing, you are sure to enjoy these evenings.


David Slater is a South Surrey novelist whose book The Biscuit Barrel combines stories from his grandparents with his military research into World War 1. In addition to writing novels, David worked as an accountant and banker before retiring in 2000.

Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio  Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Rene DeFazio is an actor, screenwriter and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit. After spending many years backpacking and filming, Rene drew upon an abundance of unusual and exciting experiences to create One Great Year. Tamara Veitch is a writer, artist and mother and she attended Simon Fraser University to study English and psychology. Within months of its independent release, One Great Year was optioned for Hollywood development. One Great Year won Honourable Mention at the New York Book Festival Awards and the London Book Festival Awards.

Renee Saklikar  Trained as a lawyer at UBC and called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991, Renée Sarojini Saklikar graduated from Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio in 2010. She writes thecanadaproject, a lifelong poem chronicle. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary journals and newspapers. Renée’s first book of poetry, children of air India (Nightwood Editions) is now available in bookstores and online from Harbour Publishing. http://thecanadaproject.wordpress.com/about-renee-saklikar/

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