Four B.C. authors will share their stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada at the Langley Chapters Indigo on Sept. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The book, which is the fourth Canadian title in the Chicken Soup series, was released in June to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and features “101 stories of love and gratitude.”
Two of the authors speaking at Chapters have Langley roots.
Pamela Kent, 86, of Aldergrove is an immigrant of 63 years from England, and wrote about her memories of attending The Last Night of the Proms, a concert by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in Edmonton. Attending it brought back memories of similar English concerts.
And Frances McGuckin, a longtime Langley resident who now calls Abbotsford home, has two stories published in the book. This Is How We Do It is about the 2015 Sechelt Fire, and My Log Home Critters is a humorous account of moving to the Sunshine Coast and being surrounded by bears, cougars and other menacing critters.
Both Kent and McGuckin belonged to the same writing group and are brain injury survivors. McGuckin is also a finalist in the 2017 Arty Awards in Abbotsford under the literary division (the winner will be selected Sept. 30).
Joining them at Chapters will be authors Darlene Peterson of Vancouver and Cathy Mogus of Richmond.
Peterson will share her story Canada Day North of Terrace, a memoir of when she joined her son on a 1,700 km drive to the native village of Gingolx, located 170 kilometres past Terrace. Her son drove a 53-foot flat deck trailer hauling a 1,200-pound generator behind it, and together they celebrated Canada Day in a ceremony they will never forget.
In Mogus’ story, The Blated Canadian, she explains why it took her 43 years to become a Canadian citizen, after moving to Canada from Washington State.
Attendees at the Sept. 23 event will have the opportunity to meet the four authors, hear their stories, and have personal copies of the book signed.
Chapters is located at 20015 Langley Bypass.