Saturday, May 13 | 7-10pm
Doors at 7pm. Tastings start at 8pm.
Erik Bjarnason is a career firefighter with the North Vancouver City Fire Department, a long-time member of North Shore Rescue and an avid mountaineer. He has climbed mountains in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and South America, completed a month-long dogsled trip in the Arctic to the magnetic North Pole and explored the entire length of the Amazon from the highest point in Bolivia to the Atlantic Ocean. He has been on expeditions to five of the Seven Summits (including Everest, which he did after he lost his fingers on Mount Logan). He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Eve Lazarus is a Lynn Valley-based journalist, author and blogger who has a passion for unconventional history and a fascination with murder. Her books include BC best sellers Cold Case Vancouver: the city’s most baffling unsolved murders andSensational Vancouver. Her latest book Blood, Sweat, and Fear: the story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s first forensic investigator will be released in May.
For more than 25 years Stu has been involved in video journalism and storytelling. His on-camera career began at Shaw Cable in North Vancouver in 1988 where he hosted a half hour news-magazine program.
After completing his diploma in Broadcast Journalism at BCIT, he began his career in daily news working at what was then CKVU (now City) and at the same time at Equity Magazine.
In the fall of 1989 BCTV (now Global) recruited Stu and asked him to join the team at the NewsHour with Tony Parsons. Over the course of his career at BCTV he produced close to 2,000 stories. Memorable series were the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society, Leaky Condos, the Forest Practices Code and his coverage of Delgamuukw.
While at BCTV Stu's work was recognized by the Jack Webster Foundation when he was presented with the award for Best Television Reporting.
In 1998, Stu left the station to start Oh Boy Productions. Over the past 18 years the company has produced a number of news magazine programs including North of 49, Empowered Health and currently Conversations That Matter, which Stu hosts.
Stu says, his entire career has been devoted to telling stories that matter. All of the work he has done has lead to the creation of Conversations That Matter a weekly interview show that is broadcast on numerous media outlets, which Stu notes is “the most important work [he has] done".
Sam Wiebe is the author of the Vancouver crime novels Last of the Independents, Invisible Dead, and Cut You Down (forthcoming, February 2018). Wiebe’s work has won an Arthur Ellis award and the Kobo Emerging Writers Prize, and he was the 2016 Vancouver Public Library Writer in Residence. His short fiction has appeared inThugLit, Spinetingler, and subTerrain, among other places. Visit samwiebe.comor follow at @sam_wiebe .
Jacqueline van Dyk
Jacqueline van Dyk is the Director of Library services for the North Vancouver District Public Library. As an avid reader, Jacqueline is thrilled to be a Whisky Literature advocate for this year’s event.
Jacqueline rejoined the NVDPL in 2013 after a 15 year hiatus. During the 1990s, she was the Library's manager of Systems and Technology, responsible for (among many other things) the Library's first hand-coded website. Jacqueline moved from NVDPL to lead the Library Systems department at Vancouver Community College, where she developed and supported systems‐related services for the students, faculty and staff. Following VCC, Jacqueline led the provincial government's Libraries and Literacy branch, formerly known as the Public Library Services Branch, where she worked to ensure that all British Columbians have increased library access. As the provincial librarian, she was responsible for provincial investments in libraries and literacy, including shared systems, infrastructure projects, policy and legislation.
Jacqueline leads the Library with passion, energy, and a fresh perspective, and is proud of the transformative work the library is doing for the community to connect, share knowledge and inspire stories here in the District of North Vancouver.