Curiouser and Curiouser: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for Readers and Writers

$30.00 per person

The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society presents
“Curiouser and Curiouser: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for Readers and Writers”

Put on your finest spring bonnet and come to the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday, May 25, at the Shoal Centre.

After a scrumptious tea, three readers will entertain with solo readings, a discussion, and a Q-and-A session.

Gregor Craigie is a radio journalist and writer. He has been the host of On The Island, the CBC Radio One morning show in Victoria, since 2007. Before this, Gregor worked as a producer on The Current and as a legislative reporter on TV. He has also worked for the BBC World Service in London and for CBS Radio. His book On Borrowed Time: North America’s Next Big Quake was a finalist for the Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. His debut novel, Radio Jet Lag, was published in 2023 and features . . . an early-morning radio host in Victoria who is juggling a new job, a new baby, and a big news story.

Frances Peck was always a writer, and at the age of nine began typing up her stories and poems to make them look official. She gave up writing when the realities of adulthood set in and built a career as an editor, ghostwriter, and educator. Since returning to her first love, writing fiction, Frances has published two novels. The Broken Places (NeWest Press), about a devastating earthquake hitting Vancouver, was named a best book of 2022 by the Globe and Mail. In Uncontrolled Flight, a pilot crashes and dies while fighting wildfires in the BC Interior, leaving behind a traumatized colleague, a grieving widow, and an accident investigator with questionable motivations.

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has played Hamlet in Calgary, a gladiator in Tunisia, and a dead immortal in Highlander. He has waltzed in London’s West End, conned the landlord of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street, commanded a Starfleet in Andromeda, and voiced Salem the cat in the original Sabrina. His plays have been produced in Calgary, Vancouver, and London, and he has published 21 novels, most recently Someday I’ll Find You, a tale of romance and intrigue set in World War Two, which spent six weeks in the Globe and Mail’s Top Ten for Canadian Fiction. His novel Plague won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel.

The tea will be at the Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive in Sidney, on Saturday, May 25. Doors open at 1:30 and the tea starts at 2. Tickets are $30 and available at Tanner’s Books or online at For more information go to

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