Author's talk focuses on monsters

A visit to a museum inspired local author and Vancouver Island University instructor Kathy Page to write about the discovery of a huge pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous Age, a major local – and fictional – prehistoric find.

In a free presentation Friday (Jan. 18) at the Nanaimo campus, Page will examine the fascination of monsters through the lens of her recent novel, The Find, published in 2010 and short listed for the 2011 ReLit Novel Award.

The Find tells of the fictional discovery of a fossilized pterosaur, a huge winged beast, from the Late Cretaceous epoch found near a small, fictionalized, Vancouver Island town.

Page will reflect on her process in undertaking a creative project such as this one where research and imagination come together. The presentation that will be of interest to specialists working in a wide variety of disciplines as well as to those who are interested more generally in the complexity that lies behind a seemingly simple event.

Living With Monsters takes place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Malaspina Theatre.

Discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.

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