Writers' Guild of Alberta
Programs & Services: Calgary WGA Events 2013/2014
201 Barclay Parade SW
Ian Williams is the author of three books and the 2014-15 Writer-in-Residence at the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program. His most recent collection, Personals, a jittery, plaintive suite of almost-love poems, was shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize, the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award, and the ReLit Award. His second book, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. The jury commended its “fluid sense of urbanity and structural innovation that doesn’t come off as trickery.” You Know Who You Are, a book of poems obsessed with “you,” was a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. CBC named Williams one of ten Canadian writers to watch. Ian will speak on the writing life, his creative process, his experiences in the book industry thus far and answer audience questions (www.ianwilliams.ca).
1302 4th Street SW
The Writer’s Guild of Alberta and WordFest pay tribute to Rudy Wiebe, Alberta’s foremost writer of his generation who reads from his new book Come Back and discusses the writing life with Aritha van Herk — accomplished writer, critic, professor and former student of Wiebe.
1413 9th Ave SE
Hosted by Calgary’s inaugural Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor.
Join us for Calgary’s 5th annual celebration of The Scotiabank Giller Prize in support of Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization. Readers, writers and supporters of the arts will gather to hear five literary personalities champion a Giller finalist, participate in some ‘Guess the Giller’ contests (someone is going to win a KOBO!), watch the prize announcement on a big screen and raise money for literacy. Hosted by Calgary's inaugural Poet Laureate and musician Kris Demeanor and featuring short presentations by author Ali Bryan, poet Paul Zits, book blogger and WGA board member, Anne Logan, journalist Shelley Youngblut and 2014-15 Writer-in-Residence at the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, Ian Williams. 25 WGA members will be sponsored by the WGA to attend free. Stay tuned for details!
Rose & Crown Pub
1503 4 St SW
Free for WGA members.
$5 at the door non-members (cash only)
Snacks, social time, inspiration and good cheer. Readings by authors Lori Hahnel and Jani Krulc. Follow the WGA website for details in progress and author bios.
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