Authors Nirmal Gerow and Teresa Schapansky joined forces Saturday, Feb. 11, for a special afternoon at the Lake Cowichan library.
It was a great chance for Lakers to turn out and meet two former residents who have become successful writers. The two women chatted with members of a large audience before taking to the microphone, talking about their books and then reading some excerpts.
Schapansky has been known for her books, Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom and Dagar of the Tasman Empire, which recently received the Literary Classics Book Awards’ Seal of Approval, but her latest effort has taken a completely different tack.
Entitled Memoirs of a Pahktun Immigrant, it is based on the life of Jamal Khan, and tells the gripping story of a Pakistani family’s struggles to make a home for themselves in Canada, after the protagonist arrives in the country at the beginning of the last century.
Gerow’s two books are both parts of the same story. Entitled Bollywood Storm Book 1 and II, they are what she calls “a lyrical murder mystery in Bollywood style” and have been an exciting adventure to write, she told the crowd, before also reading selections to them.