Sunday, August 23, 2009

~Sleeping Giant Writers Festival News~

How lucky we are to have the Sleeping Giant Writers Festival which takes place August 28-30th at Fort William Historical Park. There is a wonderful roster of authors who will be reading Friday evening and Saturday evening. These readings are free of charge.

Hope you will attend.

The Northern Woman’s Bookstore has these authors books in stock, so drop by and
browse in advance of the Festival.

The authors reading Friday evening (7 p.m.) are:

SHEREE-LEE OLSON is a long-time Globe and Mail editor. She has published fiction and poetry in numerous literary magazines, as well as contributing personal essays to the Globe. As a student she worked as a cook on the Great Lakes freighters, which inspired her novel Sailor Girl.

LEILAH NADIR has written and broadcast political commentaries for CBC, the Globe and Mail and other publications. Her first book The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family: A Memoir is winner of the George Ryga Award and is receiving international acclaim.

FRED STENSON is an award winning author of many fiction and non-fiction books, films and videos throughout his distinguished career. As a community and college writer-in-residence and as a faculty member of several Banff Centre writing studios, he has served as a mentor and editor for many developing writers of fiction.

MOIRA FARR has been on the faculty of the Rogers Literary Journalism Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts since 2001. Her essays, reviews, and features have appeared in many publications. She is an instructor in magazine writing at Carleton University’s School of Journalism.

Saturday evening (8 p.m.) will see:

LYNN COADY was nominated for the 1998 Governor General’s Award for fiction for her first novel Strange Heaven. She received the Canadian Author’s Association /Air Canada Award for the best writer under thirty and the Dartmouth Book and Writing Award for fiction. As well as her novels and short stories she has written award-winning plays and a screenplay.

LINDA L. RICHARDS, was one of six Canadian top mystery, thriller and crime writer who participated in the crime writing Symposium on the Book, at Simon Fraser University in 2008. Death Was in the Picture, her latest book set in Los Angeles in the 1930’s, is her second Kitty Pangborn novel. Linda is the editor of January Magazine, a respected web magazine.

BETSY STRUTHERS, has published eight books of poetry and three novels. Her awards
include the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian
woman. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies.

SCOTT STEEDMAN, is the first editor and publisher to participate in SGWF. He has been an editor for books, magazines and multimedia. He is associate publisher at Douglas and McIntyre.

For information about Festival workshops, registration etc. go to

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