Official Book Launch at Four Winds Brewing

Book Reading and Beer Tasting

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Come join me for the official book launch of Five Weeks in the Amazon this Thursday Dec. 11 at Four Winds Brewing Co.

Time: 7-8pm

Location: #4-7355 72nd st., Delta, British Columbia V4G 1L5

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Four Winds Brewing Company joined the burgeoning BC craft beer scene and opened their doors to a public thirsty for new local offerings on June 1, 2013. Owned, operated and built from the ground up by the Mills family and friends, we are inspired by the Four Winds in gathering flavours from around the world to create our unique West Coast and European style’s. We take great pleasure in the application of new world innovations while staying true to old world techniques. Motivated by the limitless potential of beer, as well as the great brewers who came before us. We aim to craft bold beers with character, depth and balance.

Situated just off the banks of the Fraser river in Delta BC,  our brewery is geared towards bottle and draft production while our tasting room provides a unique and welcoming atmosphere for craft beer enthusiasts and newcomers alike.   In addition to our tasting room,  our beers can be found in bars, restaurants and private liquor stores across greater Vancouver and Victoria.

Five Weeks in the Amazon

 A backpacker’s journey: life in the rainforest, Ayahuasca, and a Peruvian shaman’s ancient diet 

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Where the Finca you been?

My first 3 weeks in Colombia I was in the capital city of Bogota.  I needed some peace and a break from the city life.

The view from my office.
The view from my office.

A close friend I’ve made gave me the opportunity to go to her farm, or “finca” as they call them here.  I stayed for a week on my own, spending my days working on my writing and exploring the countryside by horseback and on foot with my canine friend Lucho.

A special thank you to my amazing neighbors; Luis, Mary Yibe, Alejandro, Lorena, and of course Lezlie and Brenda for the opportunity.  Your generous invitation was hugely helpful in my creative process and an experience I won’t soon forget.  Click the images below to see more.

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play
Friedrich Nietzsche

What do Tom Clancy, a Nobel prize winner and a bookstore in Bogota have in common?

Authors BookstoreDeciding which books to bring is a difficult decision for every backpacker.  Knowing there will be times they’re your only source of entertainment means literally weighing the pro’s and cons of each book you pack.  Ebooks do make it easier, but nothing beats a real book.  That’s how I connected online with Steve Bieber,  the owner of Authors Bookstore in Bogota, Colombia.  I asked him the question; Which book would you bring on a backpacking adventure? His answer was Tom Clancy’s first novel “The Hunt for Red October.”  It was published by the Naval Institute Press, a tiny publisher in Annapolis, Maryland where Steve is from.  He loves the tight editing style, length, and of course the suspenseful story.  After a few more 140-character exchanges on Twitter I told him I would stop by when I arrived in Bogota.

My first week here I went to find Steve at Authors but unfortunately he wasn’t there.  However I did learn that the entire staff speaks english, and they recommended I go to the Gabriel García Márquezso exhibit at the “Biblioteca García Márquez.”  Not only is he an iconic Colombian author, but he’s also the only Colombian to ever win the Nobel prize.

Steve Bieber

A couple weeks later I went back and Steve gladly accepted my invitation to talk about his English language bookstore in the heart of this Spanish-speaking metropolis.  Before sitting dow he invited me to diletto, the small cafe next door, for an amazing cup of Colombian coffee.  Back in the bookstore he started by telling me how 8 years ago, when he opened the store, his business plan was to have 80 percent of his customers be foreigners and 20 percent Colombian.  Instead the opposite has happened,  80 percent of his business comes from local Colombians while foreigners make up the small remainder.  The state department has also been putting more money into bilingual programs and that means more children are learning English.  In many cases parents come to buy books even though they don’t speak English themselves but want to support their children’s education.

Another reason people are buying so many English books here in Bogota is because the country is much safer now.  People feel more protected and secure than they did in the past and because of that many Colombians that were living abroad are now returning to the country.  They usually have more disposable income and a higher level of education, now that they have returned to Bogota they want to read the classics in English, or they want to read the new Dan Brown novel in it’s original language, or they just want to buy the latest magazine from America.


Bieber says he wants Authors to be a gathering place, a community centre for foreigners who are also looking for a bookstore.  They often host events at the store but the next big thing the Authors team is looking forward to is the Colombian Book Fair.  It is held from April 30th to May 12th each year in Bogota and is the largest book fair in South America.  It brings publishers, distributors, booksellers, writers, and other related professionals from all over the world.  There will be thousands of unique exhibits, so if you’re a reading/writing enthusiast like myself be sure to check it out, and if you are in Bogota drop in and say hello to Steve Bieber at the Authors Bookstore.

Adult section, Children's section

Address: Calle 70 # 5-23 Bogotá

Store Hours:
Monday thru Saturday
10:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Sunday & Holidays
10:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.


Beyond Ataraxia

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Beyond Ataraxia

 What happens when we die?  Do we have a soul? What is a friend? What is truth? What is love? Does my life even matter? If so to whom does it matter?
“Beyond Ataraxia” is a philosophical discussion on topics that are as relevant today as they were  thousands of years when they were first written about.  Sean Michael Hayes exposes his biggest strengths and weaknesses he believes we all share as humans.  It is his honest self discovery which gives the reader a chance to reflect on their own life.  Sean reminds us that Philosophy is not a subject we should be any more intimidated by than science, or the arts, it is simply the inquisition into life.  As Aristotle said; “let not the youngest shun philosophy or the oldest grow weary of it.  To do so is equivalent to saying either that the time for a happy life has not yet come, or that is has already passed.”  The way Sean targets specific topics which all humans relate to allows the reader to develop their own ideas and opinions.  The answers to your problems are within you to be discovered.  This book will not tell you where to find them, but perhaps it can point you in the direction you should be looking.

I Killed a Black Dog

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I KiIled a Black Dog is an anthology of over 50 poems that were each written during different periods of Sean Michael Hayes twenties.   From the light romantic comedies of a young lover, to the dark and stabbing tragedies of a man coming to terms with his existential despair.  They will make you laugh, they will make you cry, they will make you feel like a human.  Written all over the world, the settings of each poem brings you from the beaches of Thailand, to the forests of the Pacific Northwest, from a hut in the Amazon Jungle, to sitting on a curb in the medieval city of Prague.  Whether his pen has danced across the page at 30,000 feet, or marched across his notebook in South Africa he has been overcome by the inspiration our world has given him.

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