Episode One: The Others
In this episode we hear two stories where ominous, powerful figures compel people to act in unexpected ways. In the first piece, the staff members of a public library turn on their beloved workplace. In the second, a woman can't stop eating all the flowers in her garden.
Susan Sanford Blades, author, We Did Not Destroy Your Public Library
Susan Sanford Blades’ debut novel, Fake It So Real, was published in October 2020 by Nightwood Editions. The novel has been called “vital, honest, and unafraid,” “a downright bodily experience,” “anchored in an incredibly convincing, grubby, and hilariously inept reality.”
On the literary blog Pickle Me This, Kerry Clare calls Fake It So Real “a book whose effort never shows, whose seams and joints are invisible. … it’s such a pleasure to submit to a book that’s so well constructed … a story of love and family that is achingly real.”
Susan's short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Journey Prize Stories 32: The Best of Canada’s New Writers and Coming Attractions 16, as well as literary magazines across Canada and in the US and Ireland, including Southwest Review, the moth, The New Quarterly, Numero Cinq, Grain, Prarie Fire, EVENT, Minola Review, and The Puritan.
She lives in Victoria, where she is currently working on her second novel, thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Performed by Andrea Scoretz
Andrea Scoretz is a writer and actor based out of Ladysmith, BC. She began studying acting in 2019 and landed her first speaking role in early 2020. Her second role as a series regular on a web series came to a halt during the pandemic, but she remained committed to studying the craft, auditioning for roles and nerding out on character development with her acting coach over Zoom.
Her day job is that of a content consultant, helping small businesses create impactful messaging. She also works as an intuitive reader and is gearing up to release a book of poetry in 2021.
Kari Jones, author, Garden Dreams
Kari is the author of several books for kids and teens, including At The Edge of the World, So Much For Democracy, Out of Season, and Ours To Share: Coexisting In A Crowded World, some of which has been translated and nominated for awards.
Quill and Quire Magazine said Jones’ At the Edge of the World “will have readers reflecting upon their own parent-child relationships, obligations, and expectations with renewed perspective."
Resource Links Magazine said Jones’ narration in Out of Season “is richly descriptive, so strongly visual readers will follow the story easily, and the breath-taking races and chase scenes create engaging drama and suspense…”
Jones has called Victoria home for many years now, where she teaches English and Creative Writing to college students at Camosun College. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her fabulous writing group or with family.
Performed by Katherine Pagett
Born and raised in a small town in Northern Ontario, Katherine moved west to attend university earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After short stints on the Sunshine Coast and in Vancouver, this actor and theatre teacher is proud and grateful to call Victoria home. Katherine has enjoyed time on the stage in many local productions including Maggie’s Getting Married, Laundry and Bourbon, and Les Belles Soeurs to name a few. She enjoys the energy of comedic roles, but also relishes the moments when audiences hang on every emotion filled word of the more dramatic characters she’s played.
Recently Katherine enjoyed being involved with the documentary, ‘Wheeler’s Everest’, chronicling the life of little known Oliver Wheeler, a pivotal Canadian in the first Everest Expedition. Happy to perform whenever she can, Katherine channels her passion for the theatre into helping her students develop their own courage and talents in front of an audience. In her quieter moments, Katherine enjoys time with her husband, her two daughters and her dog in front of the fire at their cabin on the Koksilah river.