Lilian Nattel coming to Gabriola

Bob Bossin

Submitted Article

Monday, November 19 2012

“On a narrow street, in the grey of dawn, in a row house with stained glass, a sixteen-year-old girl lay motionless.”
So begins the book Web of Angels, for which there is a 36-person waiting list at the library. Though it will be a while before a library copy is available, you can hear the author herself read from it later this month. Lilian Nattel, the prize-winning novelist (Web of Angels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire), will be on Gabriola on Nov. 29 and 30 while on a book tour through B.C. She will read from Web of Angels, sign books and chat with islanders Thurs, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The next day she will lead a “Conversation with Writers, Published and Aspiring.” The events are sponsored by the Friends of the Gabriola Library.
I am just delighted that one of my favourite writers is coming to Gabriola. At our house, Elizabeth and I are having our own debate as to which is the most remarkable of Nattel’s books. Elizabeth is championing The River Midnight. I counter with the Web of Fire.
For all her success, Nattel herself remains endearingly down-to-earth about her achievements.
“I love to hold conversations with writers, and share my experience and expertise in the writing process, the publishing process, the wringer of marketing and the Internet maze.
“I hope I can encourage and invigorate others, just as I am invigorated and energized by the conversation.  It is a solitary occupation, this, and a strange one. Really,­ would a lawyer or dentist work for years on spec? The antidote to this craziness and solitary confinement is sharing.”
Lilian Nattel’s reading at the library is free. Just come. Places for her conversation with writers are limited and there is a sliding-scale fee of $10-20. To join the writers event, contact or 250-247-7476.