The Writers' Federation of New Brunswick will hold its annual WordsFall 2016 in Shediac on November 4-5. Friday evening events are at the historic Shediac Railway Station. Saturday’s professional development workshops are at the Shediac Multipurpose Centre.
Registration fee for the weekend, including all professional development sessions, lunch and coffee breaks is $85 for members and $110 for non-members. Deadline for registration is November 3rd.
Fiction: Richard Kelly Kemick, Sheila McClarty, Jaki McCarrick, Grant Buday, and Martin L. West.
Poetry: Aislinn Hunter, Brittney Scott, D.S. Stymeist, Bruce Bond, Andre Demers, Joelle Barron, Monica Kidd, Jami Macarty, Laura K. McRae, Julie Cameron Gray, Rob Taylor, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Doyali Islam, Ellen Kombiyil, Cristina Viviani, Mallory Tater, Gerald Hill, and Deirdre Laidlaw.
Out of Place: Ann Copeland.
Reviews: Anita Lahey, Clarisssa Hurley, Emily Skov-Nielsen, Ryan Gaio, and Mark Dickinson.
Elizabeth Hay will be reading from her work this Wednesday, October 19th at 8pm in the lounge at the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB campus. The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Her most recent novel, His Whole Life, is a coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old boy named Jim whose family is travelling from New York to Eastern Ontario. With a Canadian mother and an American father, Jim must navigate the conflicts that arise when family, country and nature are at odds. His Whole Life is a finalist for the 2016 Ottawa Book Awards.
The Fiddlehead is pleased to announce the judges for our 26th annual literary contest! Rabindranath Maharaj, this year's UNB Writer-in-Residence, is our fiction judge. And judging our poetry category are Liz Howard, winner of the 2016 Griffin Prize; Richard Kelly Kemick, the author of Caribou Run; and Soraya Peerbye, winner of 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Our contest closes on December 1, 2016. See full contest submission guidelines here.
Internationally acclaimed author Camilla Gibb will be reading from her work this Thursday, October 13th at 8pm in the lounge at the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB campus. In her most recent work, the memoir This is Happy, Gibbs confronts the broken relationships, broken family, and broken people of her past, transforming her grief into a new kind of happiness of her own making.
I’ve been reading Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962-1972 for the past month. I’ve put it down to go to other books and then invariably come quite quickly back to it — I can’t stop reading and re-reading this English language collected poems of Alejandra Pizarnik. I’d found other translations of bits and pieces of Pizarnik’s writing over the years (and tried in my stumbling way to read her work in the original Spanish); it was exciting to me to get hold of this comprehensive collection.