Author Kathleen Winter, winner of the 2011 Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Prize for her bestselling debut novel Annabel, will be giving a reading at the Killam Library. All are welcome!
Thursday November 17, 7:30 pm
DUASC Reading Room
5th floor, Killam Library
494-3615 for more information
Kathleen Winter has written dramatic and documentary scripts for Sesame Street and CBC Television. Her first collection of short stories, boYs (Biblioasis, 2007) was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the 2006 Metcalfe-Rooke Award. Her novel Annabel, published in 2010 by House of Anansi Press, became a #1 bestseller in Canada. It won the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Prize, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award, and the Orange Prize. It has also just made the longlist for the prestigious IMPAC award!
Annabel is the story of a mysterious child born into the hunting culture of 1968 Labrador. The baby’s mystery lies in the fact that it is both boy and girl at once. Raised as a boy named Wayne, he grows to adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting culture of his father, but his shadow-self — a girl he thinks of as Annabel — is never entirely extinguished, and is secretly nurtured by the women in his life.
“Haunting, sweeping in scope […] Annabel is a compelling debut novel about one person’s struggle to discover the truth in a culture that shuns contradiction.”
This event is sponsored by the Canadian Literary Collections Project.
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This newly acquired database features Victorian manuscripts from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of the New York Public Library, one of the finest literary research collections in the world. Most of these unique manuscripts are unavailable in any medium elsewhere. They are supplemented by some rare printed materials, including early editions annotated by the authors.
Authors represented in this collection include: Matthew Arnold, the Brontës, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, George Gissing, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Alfred Tennyson, and William Makepeace Thackeray. Unpublished poems, working notebooks, holograph manuscripts and drawings trace the inspiration and genesis behind the period’s greatest works.
This resource is of immense importance to those researching the business of Victorian publishing, documenting the relationship between writers and their publishers through correspondence and financial and legal documents.
Ian Colford, our Collections Librarian and author of the wildly successful story collection Evidence (see our post on this) has spent his sabbatical completing a novel, which has just been accepted for publication. Ian says:
“Porcupine’s Quill is scheduling my new novel for publication for fall 2011. The tentative title is “The Crimes of Hector Tomás.”
I spent 8 years writing this novel. However, in 2003 I set it aside in order to write the stories that became Evidence. I workshopped portions of this novel at the Humber School for Writers.
Briefly, “The Crimes of Hector Tomás” chronicles the life of Hector from his childhood to young adulthood. The story is set in the recent past in an unnamed South American country. The main action takes place during a period of political instability and civil unrest.
Against his will, Hector is drawn into his country’s civil conflict. Accused of terrorism, he is arrested, imprisoned, and tortured. After a period of confinement he is recruited into the army’s “Special Forces” who are tasked with keeping order “by any means possible.” At the crux of the book is an
unspeakable act that Hector must commit in order to survive. The story also follows the fates of several other characters.
The novel is an attempt to show in dramatic terms how circumstances can force good people to commit criminal acts. “
Ian Colford, Assistant University Librarian Collections and author of the award-winning story collection Evidence, will be hosting one of the sessions at WHIPS (Write Here In Plain Sight) in the Killam on January 22. “Witness the horror, the struggle, and the triumph of writing as it is practiced.” Open to everyone, and you can ask questions while you watch creativity in action!
Thursday April 30, 7:30 pm
5th Floor, Killam Library
Join us for a celebration of Carole Glasser Langille’s first story collection When I Always Wanted Something (Mercury Press, 2008). Carole is well known as the author of several books of poetry, most recently Late In a Slow Time (Mansfield Press, 2003). Her previous book of poems In Cannon Cave (Brick Press, 1997) was nominated for the 1997 Governor General’s Award and the 1998 Atlantic Poetry Prize. She has also written books for children.
When I Always Wanted Something is Carole Langille’s first published exploration of the world of the short story. The collection is about our inability to see what is right in front of us or deep within us, yet how, despite these blind spots, we try again and again to connect with each other.
Originally from New York City, where she studied with the poets John Ashbery and Carolyn Forche among others, Carole now lives in Black Point, Nova Scotia with her family. She teaches a poetry course in Dalhousie’s Creative Writing Program and will be teaching at The Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop this July.
Carole will be introduced by Sue MacLeod, who was Halifax’s inaugural Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2005. All are welcome to attend this special event! Please call 494-3615 for more information.
Ian Colford, Dalhousie’s Assistant University Librarian Collections, has just won the 2009 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for his debut short story collection Evidence (Porcupine’s Quill, 2008). Winners of the Atlantic Book Awards were announced on April 15 at a gala ceremony held at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth. The event, co-hosted by author and CBC Radio host Stephanie Domet and actor/humorist Bill Carr, conferred nine awards in a celebration of Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing.
The stories in Evidence draw upon Colford’s travels in Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Portugal. Also nominated were Catherine Banks’ Governor-General’s Award-winning play, Bone Cage (Playwrights Canada Press) and Mark Blagrave’s novel, Silver Salts (Cormorant Books). Colford’s Evidence has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Prize, winner to be announced at the Atlantic Ink Writers Festival in May. Congratulations Ian!
Ian Colford, Assistant Librarian Collections, continues to make the news as a literary celebrity. His book of short stories Evidence has just been shortlisted for the “Margaret and John Savage First Book Award”, one of the 2009 Atlantic Book Awards. Winners will be announced April 15, at a gala celebration at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, co-hosted by actor / humorist Bill Carr and CBC Radio host and author Stephanie Domet (winner of the 2008 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award).
Evidence has also been shortlisted for the prestigious 2009 Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize ($15,000). The award recognizes the best work of fiction written by a native or resident Atlantic Canadian published in the previous calendar year. The finalist will be announced during Atlantic Ink: The Writers Festival May 4-9, 2009.
In the meantime Ian will be giving two readings: the first at 7 pm on March 18 at the SMU Art Gallery (with Montreal writer Harold Hoefle), and again on March 19 at 8 pm at the Carleton on Argyle St. (with Dal English Professor Darryl Whetter). Can’t make either one? Listen to an interview with Ian on Take 5, CIUT 85.9 FM instead.