Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Sharon Butala, Chris Chambers and Michael Helm read from their latest works. This event is hosted by Brian Francis. Join us for an audience question and answer period after the readings.
Gail Anderson-Dargatz has been published worldwide in more than fifteen territories. The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize, the BC Book Prize for Fiction and the VanCity Book Prize. She lives in the Shuswap in south-central British Columbia, the landscape found in so much of her writing. She will present The Spawning Grounds, a tightly-knit story of native and white culture in the Shuswap community.
Sharon Butala is the award-winning author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and plays. Her work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, as well as for the Governor General’s Award. Sharon has been the recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Calgary. Butala presents Wild Rose, Sophie’s story of hardship and survival after her husband's disappearance.
Chris Chambers is the author of Lake Where No One Swims and Wild Mouse (with Derek McCormack), which was nominated for the Toronto Book Award. These poems have appeared in Taddle Creek, Jacket, This Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada and were awarded the K. M. Hunter Artist Award. Thrillows & Despairos is a collection of poems that speak of our connection with a place.
Brian Francis’ most recent novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of the year. His first novel, Fruit, was a Canada Reads finalist and was named one of Amazon’s “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime.” He is a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter and writes a monthly advice column, The Agony Editor, for Quill & Quire magazine. Brian also teaches the IFOA Academy courses and workshops: Becoming A Better Writer, Improving Your Writing and Publishing 101. Follow him on Twitter @briantfrancis
Michael Helm is the author of The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize, In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and a regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, and Cities of Refuge, a Globe and Mail Book of the Year. His writings on fiction, poetry, and photography have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Brick,where he serves as editor. He teaches at York University in Toronto and lives in Dundas, ON. In After James, a failed poet attempts to solve the mystery of his stolen identity.