Authors share their work at House of James

This Friday, Oct. 21, the group WriteOn will gather at 7 p.m. for a night of storytelling.

This Friday, Oct. 21, the group WriteOn will gather at 7 p.m. for a night of storytelling.

The event will feature poetry, short stories, and other works written by writers from the Fraser Valley.

The night will also launch two new books.

“At a Mother’s Knee” is a selection of tributes to mothers.

The memories are depicted in letters, short stories, biographical sketches and poems.

“A Filler of Cracks” is a compilation of stories that are influenced by the rural upbringing of the writers.

Neil Klassen, 60, who wrote three stories for the book, describes how the writers all had some connection to the chicken farming industry.

“As kids we all remember looking for eggs free from cracks,” Klassen said.

“Our saying for the book is that none of the stories are perfect, but they are perfect for consumption.”

Members Mary Steegstra, Selma Turner, Carol Loewen, Audrey McAuley, Neil Klassen, and Anne Willms will be there to read selections at the House of James bookstore, 2743 Emerson St.

Admission is free for this event, which often gathers a full crowd.

“The stories we tell really define us as a people,” Klassen said.