2016-17 Season


Each date below is a different GAS event. Click on one for more information about it:


Fall: Sept 26
 | Oct 24 | Nov 14     Winter: Jan 9 | Feb 13 | Mar 20

 And don't forget about our 'At the Library' events:     
At the library link Tim Cook
At the library link Anna Olson  






Go to: September 26 | October 24 | November 14  


emma and Steven

Casablanca Winery Inn | 7:30 PM | Doors: 7 PM 
wonder2Compelling from start to finish, The Wonder by award-winning, bestselling author Emma Donoghue is classic storytelling: an intimate and mysterious tale of two strangers who come together and change each other's lives forever. A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder. A small village in 1850s rural Ireland is baffled by Anna O'Donnell's fast, which began as a self-inflicted and earnest expression of faith. The curious and the hopeful begin to come to the tiny village including an international journalist. Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud. As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of a macabre murder. 
bygaslightSteven Price's debut novel By Gaslight is a literary tour de force of a detective's ceaseless hunt for an elusive criminal. London of 1885 is a city of fog and darkness. A severed head is dredged from the Thames; ten miles away, a woman's body is discovered. The famed American detective William Pinkerton is summoned by Scotland Yard to investigate. The dead woman fits the description of a grafter Pinkerton has been pursuing for a long time - someone he believed would lead him to a man he has been hunting since his father's death. Edward Shade is an industrialist without a past, a fabled con, a thief of other men's fortunes - he seems a ghost, a man of smoke. The obsessive hunt for him that began in the last days of the Civil War becomes Pinkerton's inheritance. What follows is an epic journey of secrets, deceit and betrayals.

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Gail and Kevin

Casablanca Winery Inn |
 7:30 PM | Doors: 7 PM


newsfrom redNews From the Red Desert begins in late 2001, when everyone believes the Afghanistan war is already won and the Taliban defeated, then leaps late in the severely escalated conflict – into the mess, and death, and confusion.  At its heart are the men and women who have come to Afghanistan to seek purpose, and adventure, and danger, by engaging in the most bewitching and treacherous of human pursuits: making war.  It’s the story of Deirdre O’Malley, an American journalist who is embedded with Canadian infantry and conflicted about what she is seeing including her ex-lover, the American general who has taken command of the theatre.  Fuelling the tension is the carelessness of an American supply sergeant that sets off a firestorm of controversy. 



spawninggroundsThe Spawning Grounds, the long-awaited new novel by the two-time Giller Shortlisted author is full of the qualities Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s fans love: it’s an intimate family saga rooted in the Thompson-Shuswap region of BC, and saturated with the history of the area. A bold new story that bridges native and white cultures across a bend in a river where the salmon run. On one side of the river is the Robertson family and on the other is a Shuswap community. A dying river, a threat to the salmon run , a native protest against development and a near drowning create the tension that fuels this story with roots in the past and present. The narrative rides along on the cross-currents of the ordinary world and the world of the spirit, made all the more turbulent by the human and environmental crises that have knit the white and native worlds together in love, and hate, and tragedy for 150 years. 



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craig and ami

Casablanca Winery Inn |
7:30 PM | Doors: 7 PM
witchesofnewyorkThe year is 1880.  Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with Eleanor St. Clair who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch.  Together they become The Witches of New York catering to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions.   All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment.  Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but soon she begins to see things and hear voices that no one else can.  Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, Adelaide submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits but Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force. The search begins but what will it reveal?
preciouscargoOne morning in 2008, desperate and impoverished and living alone while trying unsuccessfully to write, Craig Davidson plucked a flyer out of his mailbox that read, “Bus Drivers Wanted”.  That was the first step towards an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year.  Armed only with a sense of humour akin to that of his charges, a creative approach to the challenge of driving a large, awkward vehicle while corralling a rowdy gang of kids, and unexpected reserves of empathy, Davidson take us along for the ride.  He shows us how his evolving relationship with the kids on that bus slowly but surely changed his life along with the lives of the “precious cargo” in his care.  Precious Cargo is the extraordinary story of that year and those relationships.  It is also a moving, important universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.

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cordelia and william

Casablanca Winery Inn |
7:30 PM | Doors: 7 PM
zippychippyFrom acclaimed humourist William Thomas comes the funny yet poignant story of a thoroughbred racehorse that lost 100 races in a row - but, in everyone's eyes, became the ultimate winner. Zippy Chippy's pedigree was horse racing gold, all his ancestors were champions. His success and glory seemed inevitable. Zippy Chippy was not your ordinary race horse, he seemed to ignore all the traditions and emphasis on winning. He decided to not win at all, losing, over the course of his career, 100 races. And he did so with his owner, Felix Monserrate, by his side - a man who refused to sell Zippy, or even retire him. Soon, Zippy's cheering squad grew to include people who, enchanted by his story, would travel from all over to watch him lose but happily gallop back to his stable. Told with laugh-out-loud wit and a lot of heart, William Thomas captures our hearts with the story of the losing-est racehorse in North American history.
On The Shores of Darkness, There is Light
is a clever and heartbreaking new novel of love and revelation by Cordelia Strube. Harriet is 11 going on 30. Her mixed-media art is a source of wonder to her younger brother, Irwin, but an unmitigated horror to the panoply of insufficiently grown-up grown-ups who surround her. She plans to run away to Algonquin Park, hold up in a cabin like Tom Thomson and paint trees; and so, to fund her escape, she runs errands for the seniors who inhabit the Shangrila, the decrepit apartment building that houses her fractured family. Masterful and poignantly funny, Strube has a genius for revealing the layers of conflicting feelings to which human beings are often subject. She also has a gift for seeing the humanity in all her characters. The tapestry of humanity that Strube presents is richly detailed and profoundly moving.
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andrew and Amy

Casablanca Winery Inn |
7:30 PM | Doors: 7 PM
junglemountainThe Jungle South of the Mountain is a chilling, visceral, creatively imagined debut novel by Andrew Westoll. Set in South America, a scientist named Stanley is deeply embedded in the life of the rainforest. He's been studying a troop of capuchin monkeys for eight years - seven since his beloved Maria left him and their mentor, Professor Collymore, mysteriously disappeared. The country is preparing for hotly contested election. Stanley, however, is oblivious to this, focused only on his research. But then his research is violently threatened: Someone is killing his beloved monkeys, one by one. Stanley decides to take matters into his own hands, but soon learns that there are forces in the jungle as difficult to quell as the spirit of rebellion brewing in the south. The Jungle South of the Mountain explores the stories we believe, the lies we tell and the choices we make to protect what we love. 

stillmineClara is on the run - from her past, from her husband, and from her own secrets. When she turns up in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking about Shayna Fowles, a local girl who disappeared, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she's hiding. As it turns out, she's hiding a lot, including what ties her to Shayna. But everyone in this place is hiding something - from Shayna's secretive ex-husband, to the charming small-town drug pusher, to Shayna's overly involved family doctor, to her distraught parents. As Clare uncovers the mysteries around Shayna, she must confront her own demons, moving us deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of lies and making us question what it is she's really running from. Still Mine is twisting and electrifying, a get-under-your-skin-thriller that will make you question what it means to lose yourself and find yourself in the most unlikely places.

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lynne and emily

Casablanca Winery Inn |
7:30 PM | Doors: 7 PM
Men Walking on Water

In the last years of Prohibition, Alfred Moss is a smalltime rumrunner. On a cold night driving across the frozen Detroit River he disappears. Escaping with him is all the cash and last hopes of his friends.

With the elegant grit of Graham Greene and symbolic sweep of Michael Chabon, Emily Schultz captures the champagne haze between expansion and collapse, between endings and beginnings. Men Walking on Water is an epic story of a country torn between pleasure and abstinence.
tranloveSet against the pulsing backdrop of post-war Tokyo,
The Translation of Love tells the gripping and heartfelt story of a newly repatriated Japanese-Canadian girl who must help a classmate find her missing sister. Thirteen-year-old Aya Shimamura is released from a Canadian internment camp in 1946, still grieving the recent death of her mother, and repatriated to Japan with embittered father. Aya's English-language abilities are prized by the principal of her new school, but her status as the "repat girl" makes for a social pariah - until her seat mate, a fierce, willful girl named Fumi Tanaka, decides that Aya might be able to help her find her missing older sister. Fumi, desperate for answers, takes matters into her own hands, venturing into the Ginza with Aya. Told through rich, interlocking storylines, Lynne Kutsukake explores the complexities of the human heart and the universal need to belong.

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