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Whistler Debates presents: Self-Publish or Perish?

Whistler Debates presents: Self-publish or Perish?

Boutique, big box, or by yourself? High-powered agent or DIY? Paperback or paperless? With the publishing world in flux, this debate-format panel discussion will tackle how aspiring wordsmiths can produce the best product, reach the broadest audience, and ultimately, make enough coin to write another day.

Whistler Museum (4333 Main St.), Sunday October 20, 2pm-3:30pm, $10

***Tickets can be purchased directly from the Whistler Museum, or on the Whistler Reader’s & Writer’s Festival website.***

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Whistler is a writer’s town. You can find dozens of local names on book shelves around town, not to mention the dozens more who regularly contribute to local newspapers & magazines, and beyond. Over the last dozen years our local literary community has fostered, and in turn, been supporte d by the steady growth of the Whistler Reader’s & Writer’s Festival, happening later this month.

At last year’s festival the Whistler Museum launched our event series Whistler Debates, and we are excited to be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the popular program by once again partnering with the Writer’s Festival for what is now our 7th Whistler Debates event.

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This year’s debaters (clockwise from top left): Les Anthony, Karen Haughian, Janet Love Morrison, Paula Shackleton.

On October 20th we will be hosting  Self-Publish or Perish? Featuring an esteemed panel with wide-ranging experiences within the publishing industry, the event will examine the relative merits of the many options facing today’s aspiring writers looking to get their book in print. While the debate will cater most directly to aspiring authors, it will compel, inform, and entertain anyone who is curious about the current state of the rapidly shifting publishing landscape.

Representing the more conventional path of signing a book deal with an established publishing firm will be local author, editor, and renaissance man Dr. Leslie Anthony, and Karen Haughian, publisher with Winnipeg-based Signature Editions. Debating on behalf of self-publishing, e-publishing, and other non-conventional options are Vancouver (and formerly of Whistler) author/editor Janet Love Morrison, and local writer, publisher, and literary organizer Paula Shackleton.

Debater Profiles:

Leslie Anthony holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Toronto and is likely the only person on Earth to have published books on herpetology (the science of amphibians & reptiles) as well as skiing. He has won awards for both his poetry, and journalistic work in outdoor, action sport, and general-interest magazines such as Skier, Equinox, explore, and Powder, on whose masthead he’s appeared for twenty-one years. He lives in Whistler, British Columbia, where he most recently was named editor of the Mountain Life Annual publication.

Karen Haughian – While pursuing her master’s degree in English and teaching at Concordia, Karen Haughian decided to audit an undergrad publishing class — which resulted in the formation of a publishing company. Originally named Nuage Editions, the press began in 1986 as the very first desktop publisher in Quebec.  Since 1991 Karen has been the firm’s sole proprietor, subsequently relocating to Winnipeg and renamed as Signature Editions. Karen is committed to discovering and developing new Canadian writing of merit, regardless of genre, and the press publishes many first-book authors. These days Karen lives in Winnipeg with her husband, also a publisher (but the rivalry is generally friendly), and their teenaged son.

Janet Love Morrison was born in Toronto but raised in Greater Vancouver. Years spent travelling the world inspired her to document what she felt, what she saw and what she heard, leading her to write for Pique Newsmagazine, The Globe and Mail, and many other publications. She counts “Refugees, children, taxi drivers, fellow travellers, work colleagues, family, friends, Dhyan Vimal (founder of Friends to Mankind), and His Holiness the Dalai Lama” among her many teachers. She first started editing in 2004 for Masters’ World magazine in Malaysia, and since then has embraced a wide variety of editing assignments including websites, brochures, magazine articles, real estate advertisements and much more.

Paula Shackleton is a Canadian writer and publisher with a passion for literacy. She is the Founder and Executive Editor of www.bookbuffet.com, a literary website dedicated to avid readers and book groups; the Founder of Whistler Reads, a citywide reading program started in 2005; and the Founder of Literary Excursions, a destination travel entity incorporating lectures with cultural and gastronomic pursuits.  Paula is a Director on the VPLF Board and the co-chair of TOUCH.  Look for her book-art sculpture, Babble-On at TOUCH.

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About Whistler DebatesWhistlerites self-identify as informed, opinionated, and outspoken. We’re putting this assumption to the test. Inspired by the Doha Debates, our aim is to provide a forum for respectful, informed dialogue on wide-ranging topics of local or general interest. Debates occur year-round and generally coincide with ongoing festivals and events. All debates will feature a strong audience participation component, so come armed with an opinion, an open mind, and a desire to engage with some of the most pressing topics of our times.

 

 

 

 

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Has Snowboarding Sold Out?

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With the return of “The Festival” upon us yet again, winter gets to enjoy one last hurrah in the spotlight before we officially begin looking forward to summer. Here at the museum, we’ve taken this as an opportunity to reflect on the meteoric rise of snowboarding. Way back in the 1980s (before the Whistler-Blackcomb merger) Blackcomb Mountain was the first ski resort in British Columbia to allow snowboarding, and since then our local mountains have provided the venue for countless iconic moments, faces, and features in the history of snowboarding. From the Blackcomb Windlip, to Camp of Champions, the Westbeach Classic, and far too many pro riders, photos and film segments to name, our resort has played an integral role in the development of the sport.

In just a few decades snowboarding has gone from near-banishment from ski resorts to the very core of the mainstream skiing and action sports industries. Athletes have accomplished some remarkable feats, tons of money has been made, and the act of sliding on snow has been changed forever. But at what cost? Snowboarding started out as pure, youthful rebellion. Has the push for growth and progression sucked the soul from the sport? Come find out at this candid and compelling discussion featuring passionate, long-time snowboard industry insiders and influencers.

Snowboarding has progressed incredibly over the years, but has it gotten any better? Long-time Whistler pro rider Oliver Roy, late 1990s. Photo: Greg Griffith/Whistler Museum Archives.

Snowboarding has progressed incredibly over the years, but has it gotten any better? Long-time Whistler pro rider Oliver Roy, late 1990s. Photo: Greg Griffith/Whistler Museum Archives.

We are excited to announce our next Whistler Debates event, this time partnering with the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Monday, April 15th at 5pm at the Whistler Museum we will be debating “Has the Snowboard Industry Sold Out?”

Our lineup features:

Brian Hockenstein: Snowboard photographer, cinematographer videographer and publisher Brian Hockenstein, whose images have been turning heads inside and outside the industry for years. He recently become even more enmeshed in the industry through the launch of his highly successful online snowboard website 33mag.com.

Dave Rouleau: Rouleau spent his twenties exploring the limits of life though snowboarding, film, the arts, web media and being a sponsored snowboarder. He claims that sustainability for snowboarding as a sport, art form and lifestyle lies not in “destroying it’ but CREATING IT, not in ‘killing it’, but rather LIVING IT! 

Graham Turner: Graham has been snowboarding longer than you, and has worked for W-B as a retail manager/buyer for almost as long. If this doesn’t convince you of his OG snowboarder cred, well, you know all those retro snowboards on display at Merlin’s. Those are his.

Mystery Debater X: Details to come…

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When: Monday April 15th, 5-7pm

Where: Whistler Museum
Tickets: $7, available at the WSSF ticket booth, or the Whistler Museum. Spots are limited.
Other: 19+ (cash bar)
Visit whistlermuseum.org or WSSF.com for more details.

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About Whistler Debates: Whistlerites self-identify as informed, opinionated, and outspoken. We’re going to put this assumption to the test. Inspired by the Doha Debates, our aim is to provide a forum for respectful, informed dialogue on wide-ranging topics of local or general interest. Debates will take place year-round and coincide with ongoing festivals and events. All debates will feature a strong audience participation component, so come armed with an opinion, an open mind, and a desire to engage with some of the most pressing topics of our times.

Whistler Debates: Is Pride still relevant?

Is Pride still relevant?

The Whistler Museum, WinterPride, and Whistler is Awesome are excited to announce the latest installment in the Whistler Debates event series, The Pride Debate. In this, our third public debate to date, we will feature four prominent members of our region’s LGBTQ community debating the proposition “Whistler Believes… the Pride movement is no longer relevant.”

While no one is contesting the major advances won by Pride advocates over the last several decades, there is growing disagreement about how such strategies from the past to represent the contemporary LGBTQ community.

Coming to the table to voice their opinions will be Chris Morrissey, Rick Hurlbut, Adam Adams, and a fourth, mystery debater. These individuals bring a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds ensuring a well-rounded, informative, and entertaining discussion.

So what do you think? Have the major battles been won? Is it time for a re-think? Or do queer politics remain an essential component of contemporary civil rights discourse? This debate will get to the heart of the cultural and political identity of today’s LGBTQ community.

To purchase tickets call the Whistler Museum at 604.932.2019, visit us at 4333 Main Street, or visit the WinterPride ticket kiosk.

Complimentary coffee and tea will be served courtesy of the Whistler Roasting Company and Namasthé Tea Co. In addition, there will be a cash bar.

About Whistler Debates: Whistlerites self-identify as informed, opinionated, and outspoken. We’re going to put this assumption to the test. Inspired by the Doha Debates, our aim is to provide a forum for respectful, informed dialogue on wide-ranging topics of local or general interest. Debates will take place year-round and coincide with ongoing festivals and events. All debates will feature a strong audience participation component, so come armed with an opinion, an open mind, and a desire to engage with some of the most pressing topics of our times.

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Whistler Debates presents: Preservation vs POW! The Backcountry Access Debate

Think the Spearhead Huts are the greatest idea since fat skis? Does the ongoing rush to the backcountry risks spoiling the solitude (and fresh pow) that draws us out there in the first place? How do we best maintain a relationship with wilderness in our increasingly urban, on-line world? If you have ever pondered such matters, this night is for you.

The Whistler Museum, WhistlerIsAwesome.com and the Whistler Arts Council are excited to announce the second installment in the Whistler Debates events series: PRESERVATION vs POW: The Backcountry Access Debate.

The debate will take place at Millennium Place, where the ongoing Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry photography competition will provide an inspiring visual backdrop for this thought-provoking evening. As the snow line creeps down to the valley and stoke builds for the fast-approaching winter, come watch prominent members of the self-propelled community debate the merits of improved access to that rugged and remote paradise, the backcountry.

When: Monday October 29th, 7:30pm
Where: Millennium Place
Who: Everyone!
Cost: $10 advance tickets, $12 same day
Tickets can be purchased at Millennium Place, or by calling 604-935-8410

Event sponsored by The Escape Route

Featured debaters:

“Garage Sale” Frank Salter – This local character is best known for his personal collection of historic ski gear, one of the largest in the world, which was featured in the latest issue of Powder magazine. But did you know that this “backcountry posterboy” has also been featured in numerous published magazine articles, photographs, and yes, even on a beer coaster? Frank is full of surprises, and always entertains.

Alex Wigley – An endurance athlete, member of the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team (2009-2012) avalanche course instructor, and ACMG Assistant Ski Guide. Alex currently concentrates his time on training, skiing, shooting mountain photography, and updating his ski-mountaineering blog “Ski Theory.”

Michel Beaudry – He’s an alpine poet, a backcountry bard. He’s a critic, a philosopher… an enthusiastic promoter of all things self-propelled. He’s also been writing award-winning stories on mountain life for the last thirty years. Beaudry’s column, Alta States, appears every week in Pique Newsmagazine.

Wayne Flann – Wayne is a veteran Blackcomb ski patroller, avalanche forecaster, search & rescue volunteer, safety consultant for the film industry, and member of the Canadian Ski Guides Association. This guy knows his stuff. For the last year he has been helping keep the backcountry community in the know through the aptly titled Wayne Flann Avalanche Blog.

About Whistler Debates:

Whistlerites self-identify as informed, opinionated, and outspoken. We’re going to put this assumption to the test. Inspired by the Doha Debates, our aim is to provide a forum for respectful, informed dialogue on wide-ranging topics of local or general interest. Debates will take place year-round and coincide with ongoing festivals and events. All debates will feature a strong audience participation component, so come armed with an opinion, an open mind, and a desire to engage with some of the most pressing topics of our times.

 

 

 

Whistler Debates

Thanks to digital technologies the written word is more widespread than ever, but how much is really being said? Is cheap (or free) content pricing the truly-talented out of the market? Or is the spark of literary genius too bright to be extinguished by some measly little internet?

The future of books?

If you’ve ever pondered such matters, we’ve got the event for you. This Sunday, October 14th, from 5:30-7:00, the Whistler Museum will host the first installment of our new event series Whistler Debates. Produced in partnership with our friends over at WhistlerIsAwesome.comWhistler Debates events will feature articulate and opinionated guests engaging in respectful, informed dialogue on wide-ranging topics of local or general interest.  The debates will take place year-round and usually coincide with ongoing festivals and events. 

Our first installment coincides with this weekend’s Whistler Readers & Writers Festival, and we will be debating the statement “Whistler believes… The internet is killing literature.”  On the “Yea” side we have local writer, editor, mc, and all-around s$*#-disturber Feet Banks, and Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Chelsea Johnson.  Arguing “Nay” are Jillian Christmas, acclaimed poet & spoken word artist, and Jesse Ferreras, formerly of Pique Newsmagazine fame and currently an associate editor with the Huffington Post. 

Entry to this great event is just $7 ($5 for those with Writer’s Festival passes), and can be purchased here at the museum (4333 Main Street) or by calling us at (604) 932-2019.

After the debate make sure to head on over to Maxx Fish, for the Writer’s Fest’s final event, Whistler’s 7th installment of Pecha Kucha, where Chelsea and Jillian will once again feature on a very exciting bill of presenters.

We’ve also got more debates coming in the near future, starting with the “Preservation vs. Pow” debate on backcountry access, taking place at Millennium Place on October 29th. Stay tuned for more details on this and future Whistler Debates events coming shortly!