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Galiano Island
Literary Festival

Writers

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2024

February 17 & 18

Galiano Oceanfront Inn,

Galiano Island, BC

Featuring

LITERARY FESTIVAL

Harrison Mooney

Memoirist, Journalist, Public Speaker, Educator, Activist

HARRISON MOONEY is a best-selling memoirist, award-winning journalist, public speaker, educator and activist from Canada’s west coast. The son of a Ghanaian immigrant mother, he was adopted at birth by a white, fundamentalist Christian family and raised in the Bible belt of British Columbia.

Harrison’s debut memoir, Invisible Boy, which traces his childhood journey “from white cult to Black consciousness,” was the winner of the 2023 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for nonfiction, and has been shortlisted for two BC & Yukon Book Prizes, as well as the prestigious Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Before pivoting to publishing, Harrison worked for The Vancouver Sun for nearly a decade as a reporter, editor and columnist, winning the 2018 Jack Webster Award in breaking news reporting for his newsroom's coverage of the 2017 BC wildfires.

Harrison narrates season 2 of TVO Arts, an award-winning video series that decodes and demystifies iconic works of Canadian art, and is the regular host of Unbound, a growing collective that celebrates and nurtures Black creative voices. Founded in 2020 by fellow transracial adoptee Hope Lauterbach, the Unbound Reading Series produces literary events that feature emerging and established Black authors and poets.

Harrison's work has also appeared in The New York Times, The National Post, The Guardian, The Tyee, and Maclean's. He is the co-founder of long-running hockey blog, Pass it to Bulis, still going strong in its fifteenth year.

Harrison lives in East Vancouver with his family and family dog, Bootsy.

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Dr. Lyne Piché

Registered Psychologist

DR. LYNE PICHÉ will discuss how ADHD impacts sexuality. Her new workbook, ADHD and Sex: A Workbook for Exploring Sexuality and Increasing Intimacy, will soon be published and explores the intersection of ADHD and sexuality. This workbook is for you if you are diagnosed with ADHD, believe that you have ADHD or maybe you have a loved one that has ADHD. We will explore how ADHD can impact sexuality including various problems that are more common for people who have ADHD. Throughout the workbook, you are encouraged to create a plan of action as it relates to ADHD and its impact on you and your sexuality!


Dr. Lyne Piché has worked as a psychologist specializing in sexual issues for 25 years. She began her interest in sexual health during her University studies and specialized in the assessment and treatment of sexual problems. She provides sexual therapy, couples counselling, relationship counselling, trauma therapy, chronic pain therapy and forensic services in her private practice. The intersection of ADHD in sexual therapy has been a particular interest of hers in recent years.

Dr. Piché will provide an overview about ADHD and sexuality, discuss her new workbook about ADHD and sex, as well as answer any questions you might have about ADHD
and its impact on sex!

Rosemary Georgeson

Coast Salish / Sahtu Dene
Writer / Storyteller

Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish and Sahtu Dene) was born and raised in the commercial fishing industry, spending the first half of her life trolling between Galiano Island and Prince Rupert. Since leaving the industry, Rosemary has worked as a storyteller, playwright and filmmaker. Rosemary’s passion is in bringing youth, Elders and ancestors together through storytelling. Her stories are deeply rooted in her family history on Galiano Island. Georgeson has been recognized for her collaboration and sharing of stories with the award-winning play and CBC radio documentary Women in Fish. In 2014 she was the Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library (2014).

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LYNE
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Program

Festival
Program

Saturday, February  17

11am  Workshop with Dr. Lyne Piché

1pm  Workshop with Rosemary Georgeson (by invitation)

4pm Stories with Harrison Mooney & Rosemary Georgeson

Sunday, February  17

1pm  Workshop with Rosemary Georgeson (open to all)

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