Readers can now hold an online magazine about Vancouver Island art and literature in their hands.
This week, the Vancouver Island Regional Library presents its second issue of Sea and Cedar. The publication, an initiative of the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, features the work of 16 writers and two visual artists from Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, Ladysmith, Victoria, Tofino, Cortes Island and Port Renfrew.
Over 100 people have submitted work to the publication and April Ripley, Sea and Cedar Editor-in-Chief and VIRL Librarian, said she was pleased with both the quality and quantity of entries.
“Again, it was really hard to make decisions and narrow them down just based on the quality of all the writing and the art that we received,” she said. “This time around with the art, we had such a hard time deciding that we decided to include a second artist instead of just one.”
When the magazine debuted last summer, it was only available online. Beginning with the second issue, Ripley said readers will be able to view physical copies of VIRL Libraries.
“The original plan was just to do a digital release,” she said. “But when we saw how popular it was and how interested people were, which we kind of knew people would be really interested in, we decided to look for funding to try and make some issues out of it. impression and luckily we were able to put that together for the second issue.
Artwork by John Haig of Nanaimo graces the cover of the magazine and is also featured there. Ripley described her paintings as “really vibrant, really captivating, and they give you a different perspective on some of the well-known viewpoints in the Nanaimo area.”
Writer Judy Millar is another Nanaimo resident whose work is being published. His little story The comfort of stonesis about a Nanaimo grandmother with obsessive-compulsive disorder whose grandson is being treated for cancer in Toronto.
“She can’t go [visit] because of her health issues, but she’s helping, or she thinks she’s helping, in her own way…” Millar said. “So that’s her story and how she comes to terms with everything that’s going on in her life and in her grandson’s life.”
Millar said it was a personal matter as she had a young extended family member in a similar situation to the boy in the story, and she imagined what it would be like for her as a grandmother receiving notifications about its progress.
Millar said she looked forward to reading the other stories and poems by Sea and Cedar. She said, “We have a lot of great writers in this area.
“I think it’s wonderful for people in the area to get to know and get a taste of some of the talent that exists here, both in poetry and prose,” she said.
Sea and Cedar is available in VIRL stores and online.