On Saturday, August 22, from 5 to 7 p.m., Point Roberts authors will gather at Brewster’s Fine Foods for a book signing celebration.
Ann Crew is a former architect and now full-time writer. She has spent much of her adult life traveling with her camera and a notepad (now iPad). After sojourns in Italy, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, Sierra Leone, Virgin Islands and Scotland, she ended up in Point Roberts. She’s the author of many mysteries, the latest featuring the elegant and outrageously competent Elspeth Duff, including “A Murder in Malta,” “A Scandal in Stresa” and “A Secret in Singapore.”
Margot Griffiths was born in Victoria, B.C., where her novel “Angel Hair” is set. She has a master’s degree in psychology and has worked in libraries and universities in the U.S., Canada and Africa. Her career as a teacher has taken her as far afield as Tanzania, where she taught psychology at Tumiani University. Closer to home, she spent 25 years at UBC before leaving academia life to pursue her love of writing. She lives in Point Roberts.
Patricia “Patch” McCairen is originally from New York City. She ran rivers for years both as a guide and with friends. She became the first woman to solo through the rapids of the Colorado River. “Canyon Solitude – A Woman’s Solo River Journey through Grand Canyon” weaves together the external day-to-day experiences with the internal insights and emotions of the author. She’s lived in Point Roberts since 2003.
Janet Pavlik was born in London and spent over a half-century in the travel business living and working in London, Regina and Vancouver. A devoted lay-historian, she (and co-authors Eileen Smith and Desmond Smith) produced the definitive history of the Seymour area of North Vancouver titled “Echoes Across Seymour.” She and husband John live in Deep Cove and summer in Point Roberts.
Arthur Reber has lived parallel lives. In one, he’s a cognitive scientist in which he has spent a half century researching language, intuition and the philosophy of mind. In the other he’s an avid poker player. His novel, “Xero to Sixty,” is the story of a professional poker player with intellectual leanings and a fascination with the soft underbelly of life. “Poker, Life and Other Confusing Things” is a collection of essays on poker and life. He and his wife Rhiannon Allen have lived in Point Roberts since 2005.
Mark David Smith is the author of “Caravaggio: Signed in Blood,” an historical adventure for middle-grade readers, published by Tradewind Books. An English teacher in Burnaby, he and his family spend their summers in Point Roberts.