Kootenay Lake East Shore author Ellen Burt reading at Creston library

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East Shore author Ellen Burt will read at the Creston Valley Public Library on Feb. 28.

East Shore author Ellen Burt will read at the Creston Valley Public Library on Feb. 28.

The Creston Valley Public Library is pleased to welcome longtime East Shore resident Ellen Burt as she reads from her first book on Feb. 28.

Part memoir, part nature writing and part adventure story, Burt’s book, When the Path is Not a Straight Line, tells of a life lived in deep contact with the natural world.

“This book reflects the wisdom of someone who looks with a clear and intense gaze at life and has written wonderfully perceptive tales of bears, boats, owls, natural disasters, ancient cedars and more,” said East Shore author Luanne Armstrong. “There is wisdom and understanding, some of it hard-won, in these stories.”

Graphite drawings by artist Osieau accompany each chapter.

Burt has lived on Kootenay Lake for 40 years. Her stories and poems have been published in The Purcell Suite, Horsefly Magazine and Elephant Mountain Review. She was a winner in the 2010 Kootenay Literary Awards. She is active in the Nelson writers community, including the Nelson Poetry Slam. When the Path is Not a Straight Line is her first full-length book; the tour of the book is supported by the Columbia-Kootenay Cul-tural Alliance.

Burt will be at the Creston Valley Public Library at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. All are welcome. For more information, call the library at 250-428-4141.

—CRESTON VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY