Award-winning Comox Valley writer Colin Mallard will have his new book and exhibit photography on the Labour Day long weekend during the Artisan Festival at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens.
Stillpoint’s cast of unforgettable characters draws us into a world, vivid and haunting. A world where war comes suddenly; dynamite, fire, bullets, and the voice of hatred.
And half a world away, wealth and power hold sway.
To read Stillpoint is to live in someone else’s historical clothes, to walk in their shoes, as it were.
Do we learn from history? Mallard asks, and answers; probably not. But then he goes on to explain.
“We ‘learn’ and what we learn we can forget. Understanding, on the other hand, is of a different order altogether and when it takes place it can’t be forgotten.”
Mallard’s books are philosophical in nature and encourage the reader to think with an open mind, free of assumptions.
Two of his previous books Understanding and Something To Ponder won U.S. National Best Book Awards, U.S. Indie Book Awards and Next Generation Indie Awards.
Steve Flawith of Courtenay writes: “Stillpoint turns the political world of U.S. and Middle East relationships upside down … Utterly astounded by the logic of it all. Fascinating, riveting and enlightening … Highly recommended. I couldn’t put it down.…”
Reviewer Nowick Gray of Victoria says of Stillpoint “….American and Israeli policies collide in the ancient battleground of Palestine. A Prime Minister is assassinated; a First Lady taken hostage … a lucid, compelling vision of what it means to bring truth and wisdom to the political arena. Stillpoint is a gripping, thoughtful odyssey spanning two continents and 70 years. Experiencing the clash of peoples and ideologies … the reader is … inspired to a more hopeful understanding of [our] common humanity. This work of fiction draws from historical events to paint an alternate future … using alternative solutions to violence … where another possibility might emerge…”
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The Artisans’ Festival is held annually on the Labour Day long weekend. The festival presents high-quality original works, including pottery, fine art, ceramics, carvings, furniture, weaving, jewelry, wrought iron and glass.
The gardens will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Monday from 10 to 4.
— Colin Mallard