ONLINE: Electric Mermaid: Live Reads


Friday, July 16, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Char's Landing

4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

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Electric Mermaid: Live Reads from Char's Landing, Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Emcee: Derek Hanebury  Moderator: Karl Korven  Artistic Director:  Jacqueline Carmichael  
Photographer: Micah Gardener  ZOOM Producer: Charlene Patterson
Spoken Word Open Mic via ZOOM, 3rd Friday of each month, virtual doors open 5:30pm Pacific Time
Port Alberni venue Char’s Landing now plays host to the Zoomed Electric Mermaid
“Since being on Zoom allows us to pull in an audience from anywhere in the world, we’ve been very fortunate to hear from a wider diversity of regions—the island, the mainland and internationally as well.  going global!”

Catherine Macdonald’s first mystery novel, Put on the Armour of Light, won the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction at the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards. So Many Windings, forthcoming from At Bay Press, is the sequel to that book and finds the characters in Scotland where they tour the Highlands by bicycle.Reluctant amateur detective, Reverend Charles Lauchlan, departs the prairie city of Winnipeg and travels abroad to Scotland with his fiancé Maggie on a bicycle tour of the Highlands. Two near fatal accidents put members of the tour on edge and, to make matters worse, a shadowy figure seems to be observing their every move. Stuck in the remote Highland countryside, the group is thrown back on their own resources. While Charles and Maggie are trying to decipher what these strange events mean, they make another grisly discovery. It’s murder most foul and we’re not just talking about Scottish weather. So Many Windings is the second in a three-book series that began with Put On the Armour of Light (winner of the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). Deftly wrought, meticulously researched, and scintillating with charm and period prose, Macdonald weaves a winding, cross-country tale that will require all of the detective’s ingenuity and test the measure of his resolve.With So Many Windings Catherine Macdonald delivers a crackling procedural, set beautifully against the stark landscape of rural Scotland, circa 1900. Macdonald’s eye for period detail is unmatched and her writing is just flat-out terrific. A great, engrossing read,” said Brad Smith, award-winning author of The Goliath Run. Author Catherine Macdonald says she’s had a strange but interesting career as an archivist and freelance historian during which she came across many odds and ends of details about Winnipeg as it was at the turn of the twentieth century. One morning I woke up with the idea of stringing some of these odds and ends together into a mystery story. The result was my first book, Put on the Armour of Light. Since it was published, I’ve written fiction full-time,” she said. Macdonald said she’s looking forward to reading at Electric Mermaid: Live Reads from Char’s Landing. “Cheers to Char’s Landing for going global with its Electric Mermaid series! Needless to say, it would have been a treat to read live and experience your unique concept: a pub that is also a community arts centre. What could be better? But in these pandemic times, It’s great that you’re reaching out across the country to provide your audience (and everyone in zoomworld) with access to a wide range of Canadian writing and writers. I really appreciate the opportunity,” she said. And blog at “portage and slain” which also acts as my website. You can buy So Many Windings and my first book, Put on the Armour of Light at these locations. Whodunit Mystery BookstoreMcNally Robinson Booksellers, or Chapters Indigo. Or order direct from At Bay Press.


C.C. Benison is the nom de plume of Doug Whiteway. His first book, Death at Buckingham Palace, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, and was followed by others in the “Her Majesty Investigates” series. He followed that series with the Father Christmas mysteries, featuring, as amateur sleuth, the vicar of the English village of Thornford Regis, Tom Christmas. Titles include Twelve Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping and Ten Lords A-Leaping. His most recent novel is Paul is Dead, a psychological thriller. His new work is a novella, Father Christmas and the Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford. Benison lives in Winnipeg. When a costumed, pike-spiked body turns up after a traditional historic reenactment of the 1645 Battle of Thornford, the Reverend Tom “Father” Christmas and the villagers of Thornford Regis find themselves in a battle of their own as they deal with events from the murky, more recent past. C.C. Benison’s latest intriguing and delightful Father Christmas mystery will leave cozy mystery readers puzzling over the outcome and, like a refreshing English cream tea, wishing there were more. nd my books can be found in the usual sources: Amazon, for instance – or Chapters:



READER 01   Jennifer Wenn  5 min

Rick Collins  5min

READER 03 Jennie Tschoban 5min21111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111n                                                                          bvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
READER 05  Joy Sheldon 5min
READER 06 David Kippling  10min
READER 07 Kathleen Vance 5min
READER 08 Vicki
READER 00  Derek Hanebury
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July 16th Features   CC Benison & Catherine MacDonald
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August 20th Features  Kate McDermott & Sheila Weller
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PAST FEATURES: 2020 - 2021
June 18th Features Francine Cunningham & Brennor Jacobs and Brendan Bomberry
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May 21st Features  Jacquelyn Mitchard RAINCHECK +   Joseph Anthony "Tony" Dandurand Kwantlen First Nation 15min
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April 16th Features Francine Merasty Saskatoon Saskatchewan 15min  +  Michelle Butler Hallett  St John's, Newfoundland & Labrador   15min
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March 19th Features Vicki McLeod  Nanaimo BC,  15min  + David Aston Toronto, Ontario 15 min
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February 19th Sylvia McNicoll  Burlinton, Ontario.15min   Sharon McInnes Cumberland, 15min
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January  15th Theresa Shea (Edmonton)  15+q&a        OLD BONES & BATTERED BOOKENDS edited by Ian Cognito Pat Smekal 40+q&a
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December 18th Craig Copland ( Vernon BC ) 15  Marjorie Simmins ( Nova Scotia )20
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November 20th  Bruce Hornidge ( Alberni  Valley )    Janet V. Miller   (Comox Valley)
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Char’s Landing 19+ (accompanied kids welcome) 4815 Argyle @5th Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, CANADA V9Y 1V9 Tel: 778-421-2427
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