© Paul Hutchings
Local writer Martin Dolan reads from his book Stallions of Heaven at Deer Lake’s Pictures and Words event, which started Friday and runs until Saturday afternoon.
DEER LAKE In spite of e-readers and Google Books there are still those who like their reading materials in traditional book form.
The Pictures and Words event, which started Friday, offers a variety of books for everyone, as well as a place to discuss them.
Taking place at the DJY Financial building on Main St., the event is stocked with books, calendars, paintings and other works of art for sale or browsing.
On Friday, the group discussed the publishing business and its changes and also heard readings from local authors Frank Dyke and Martin Dolan. Joseph Hewitt dropped in as well, to talk about his comics.
Originally from Cormack, Hewitt has been living in South Korea for the past few years as a teacher and cartoonist. He draws several animal-based comics that appeal to a wide variety of readers and said he loves the reactions he gets.
“I’d like to be able to say something serious about my comics, but there’s nothing serious about my comics,” joked Hewitt. “The characters are cute — cute is big in Korea — and it’s just a lot of fun.”
Making the point that comics are just as legitimate as books, Hewitt admitted he makes a good living from drawing and plans on continuing.
The event runs today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A featured writer will speak each hour, and it includes books from publishing houses like Breakwater, DRC, Flanker and Boulder, among others. Talks will include anything from promotion to self-publishing to the industry in general.
Some artists are also selling sculptures and photos, as well as performing music.