Michelle Rickaby and Glenda Standeven are coming to Langley for an author reading from their award winning autobiographical book, ‘Choosing to Smile, Inspirational Life Stories of Three Friends Who Happened to Have Cancer’. They will be at the Muriel Arnason library on April 18th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

The two Fraser Valley co-authors traveled to Washington, DC, in October to attend a Global Woman Summit where they had been nominated for a Woman of Courage Award for their book. The co-authors were delighted to receive the award when they learned that they had won.

Rickaby expands on their experience, “We are very honored that the steering committee chose us to receive the Woman of Courage Award for our book Choosing to Smile. Our trip to Washington, DC, was very rewarding because our book has also been accepted into the Library of Congress as a result of our visit to the US Capitol and that is something that we are excited about as well as the Woman of Courage Award.”

Their friend and co-author, Julie Houlker, passed away in January 2010 but she knew about the nomination prior to her death. “Julie would just be so thrilled with this award” states Standeven. It was Houlker’s wish to live long enough to see the book on the best-seller list but, sadly, that didn’t happen. She passed away from metastatic breast cancer just as the book hit Coles, Chapters, and Indigo bookstores across Canada.

The two co-authors will be at the library to share light-hearted selections from their stories at a free event open to everyone. Autographed book copies will be available for sale.

“It’s not just a book for cancer patients – it’s a book for anyone who has ever faced adversity in their life,” says Standeven, “and that is pretty much everyone.”

Registration is required for this free program. To register, please call 604-532-3590 or visit Muriel Arnason Library, located at 20338 – 65 Avenue, Langley.