A celebration of all things literary has marked the unofficial start of spring at the Regina Public Library.
The library’s central branch hosted a three-day authors’ summit this past weekend, featuring the likes of acclaimed Canadian Yann Martel and Saskatoon wordsmith Alice Kuipers.
Homegrown author Annette Bower took the floor on Sunday to discuss her new novel Women of Substance. She encouraged budding authors to explore themselves through writing.
“Write to find out what you know, and then write what you thought all these years you had to keep secret,” Bower said.
“Write what other people know, but can’t say or don’t want to say.”
Gail Bowen, the library’s writer-in-residence, says in a blog post that the event was created to “encourage a culture of reading in Regina,” as well as to offer “enthusiastic readers a chance to share their love of reading through lively discussion.”
Bowen closed out the event with a discussion of her novel The Gifted.
Bower’s first novel Moving On, A Prairie Romance was published in 2011 to a warm reception from the literary community.
Primarily a romance author, Bower said she was attracted to the genre partly because of her appreciation of the feel-good tales in Harlequin novels.