Selkirk College Instructor Leesa Dean is spreading holiday kindness through the gift of storytelling.
When approached by Nelson’s Save-On Foods to sell her recently published book, Waiting for the Cyclone, at the store over the holidays, the local author and Creative Writing instructor decided it would be a great opportunity to help people in need.
Selkirk College Creative Writing Instructor Leesa Dean will be at Nelson’s Save-On Foods at the Chahko Mika Mall on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can pick up a copy of her recently released book Waiting for the Cyclone for yourself or that special someone for under the tree. Profits from sales on during that time will donated to the Nelson & District Women's Centre. (photo courtesy Windstone Photography)
"Waiting for the Cyclone is a book about women," Dean says. "A lot of them are in transition. Some of them face addictions, homelessness, and general crises of the spirit. It seems appropriate that I should donate my profits from book sales to a local organization that does so much to help women in the area."
Dean's book launch took place in early October at the Royal on Baker in downtown Nelson to a full house. She has since toured the book in Toronto, Vancouver, and the East Kootenay.
"Reception has been really good," Dean says. "I've been reviewed by the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, and Foreword Reviews in the United States. I've had people from all over the country, the world actually, message me to say how much they enjoyed the stories. It's pretty incredible."
Dean will be set up at the front of the store from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday (December 16) where she will be signing Waiting for the Cyclone. Copies of the book are $20 and any profits will be provided to the Nelson & District Women's Centre.
"It's a tough season for a lot of people," Dean says. "I'm fortunate to have a comfortable life. I think it's important as an artist and citizen to contribute to the community that has done so much for me."