Five Rivers 5-Book Launch in Victoria, BC

On the hot summer’s day of  June 27th, authors Paula Johanson, Dave Duncan and Nowick Gray held a collaborative book launch for:
  • Nowick Gray’s quintessential Northern mystery, Hunter’s Daughter

  • Paula Johanson’s biography, King Kwong: the China Clipper who broke the NHL colour barrier, released May 1st; and the newly revised and expanded edition of her fantasy, Tower in the Crooked Wood, released June 1st.
  • Dave Duncan’s 50th book, the fantasy mystery, The Eye of Strife ; and the omnibus edition of Ivor the Runner series, The Adventures of Ivor. 

The readings started with Paula talking about King Kwong, a biography that addresses the two very Canadian themes of hockey and diversity.

Paula Johanson reading from King Kwong
Dave read from The Eye of Strife a fantasy novel in which ‘the usual suspects’ are questioned about a missing religious relic. Dave talked about the importance of making fantasy accessible to readers.

Dave Duncan, center, reads from Eye of Strife
Nowick read last. Audience member (and fellow writer), Susan Mayse, complimented Hunter’s Daughter particularly for its rich Northern settings, as she was familiar with many of the locations in the book.
Nowick Gray about to read.

The event was pronounced a success.
Five Rivers would like to extend our thanks to our authors, Paula and Dave, for organizing the event and securing the venue. We would also like to thank Fay Johanson for being our liaison with Britannia Branch of the RC Legion, and to Karl Johanson for hosting the event and for the above photos, and most of all, much gratitude to the attendees.
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