Sidney Literary Festival

Greater Victoria, Sidney (Book Town) and the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island enjoy many award winning authors and several privately-owned, wonderful bookstores. To celebrate this rich literary culture come and join the Sidney Literary Festival on October 2-4, 2015. The Festival begins with youth workshops followed by an evening of authors’ presentations at North Saanich Middle School. The excitement continues Saturday with workshops and authors’ readings to be held at the Sidney Pier Hotel on the waterfront. The day ends with a gala evening at the Mary Winspear Centre featuring well-known authors. On Sunday the festival wraps up with a “Brunch with the Authors” at the Pier Hotel. This is your event , come and be enthused by incredible literary culture that surrounds us on Vancouver Island.


Narendra Simone

Born in India, educated in England, Narendra, a published author of 8 books, is a citizen of Canada and has lived in India, England, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the USA. He resides in Canada. He has traveled to more than eighty countries covering Western, Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South-East Asia, the Far East, the Middle East, South America, North America and Africa. Narendra and the Hindu God, the Lord Krishna has something in common—they were both born in the town of Mathura (India), albeit about a few thousand years apart. He attended schools in India, England and Canada (Narendra, not the Lord Krishna) and studied at the Universities of Agra & IIT Roorkee (both in India), Nottingham (England) and Calgary (Canada). Witnessing six wars (4 in India and 2 in the Middle East) and travelling to over 80 countries has allowed him to gain an in-depth knowledge of diverse cultures. Inspired by true events his writing offers insight into cultural differences and subtle humour that coexist in the complex world. Although richly influenced by his foreign travels, Narendra finds his inspiration from his life experiences and through his novels invites you to join him on a journey of humour, mystery and international adventures.