Portal fans north of Nanaimo won’t have to travel far to attend a sneak preview of the latest edition, which is scheduled for publication in April 2015. Portal has partnered with the Laughing Oyster Bookstore to host a literary reading for the magazine’s Comox Valley fans. The event will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, March 12 at Zocalo Café, a hub of literature and culture in downtown Courtenay.
The evening will include a selection of readings that showcase the poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction of current and past Portal contributors. The event will feature 2015 contest winner Lorin Medley, as well as a talented line-up of writers, including Jessica Key (pictured), Philip Gordon, Francine McCabe, and Courtney Poole.
Zocalo Café has a wide selection of beverages and tapas on their menu. Arriving early to secure a table is recommended. Over the course of the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to pre-purchase copies of Portal 2015, which will be available for pick up at the Laughing Oyster Bookstore in early April. Past issues of Portal will also be available for purchase.
Portal magazine is VIU’s annual full-colour literary magazine, publishing a selection of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, scripts, artwork, and photography.
Zocalo Café is located at 208 Fifth Street, Courtenay, BC. For more information, email or visit the Portal Facebook page. Everyone is welcome at this all-ages event.