With the support of Shelf Life Books, Wordfest, Freehand Books and Frontier College—the Writers’ Guild of Alberta will host Calgary’s 7th annual celebration of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This event brings readers, writers and supporters of the arts together in a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere to celebrate books, reading and to raise money for literacy. Local book blogger and President of the WGA, Anne Logan, will host the evening.
Hear from local authors as they defend each of the five nominated titles. 2016 Book Defenders include authors Micheline Maylor, Glenn Dixon, Bradley Somer, Clea Young, and Sheri-D Wilson. Book championing! Raffle prizes! Door prizes! Guess the Giller contests! Live broadcast on big screens!
Glenn Dixon is a Calgary-based author, musician and documentary film maker. His third book, Juliet’s Answer (Simon and Schuster) will be published in Canada, the United States, Australia and China in January, 2017. He was the 2014 writer-in-residence for the Vancouver International Writers Festival and his second book, Tripping the World Fantastic was shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell award. He has traveled through more than 70 countries and written for National Geographic magazine, the New York Post, Walrus magazine and the Globe and Mail.
Micheline Maylor is Poet Laureate of Calgary. Her collection Little Wildheart was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry and is due spring of 2017 with University of Alberta Press. She teaches at Mount Royal University. She is the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence in 2016. She serves as poetry editor at Frontenac House Press in Calgary is the Past-president and co-founder of Freefall Literary Society, where she remains a consulting editor.
Bradley Somer holds degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology and spent many years tromping through the wilds of Canada and the US, the scrub brush of Australia looking for artifacts to fill in the hidden stories of human prehistory. He is the recipient of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor General’s award for Emerging Artist. His first novel, Imperfections, was published by Nightwood Editions in Canada. His latest novel, Fishbowl, was awarded the Georges Bugnet Award for fiction, and longlisted for the Alberta Readers Choice Awards. Fishbowl was also one of The San Diego Union Tribunes Best Books of 2015.
Sheri-d-Wilson has been a featured artist in major festivals across Canada, United States, South Africa, Mexico, and Europe. In 2015 she was awarded with the City of Calgary Arts Award for her contributions as an artist and community activist. In 2006 she won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry and over the years she has also won Global TV’s Woman of Vision Award; National Slam Poet of Honour Award; The Bumbershoot Heavyweight Title for Poetry US and has been featured in Chatelaine Magazine. Lastly, and most importantly, Geist Magazine named Sheri-D “The Canadian Author Who Would Make The Best Lover!”
Clea Young’s stories have appeared in Event, Grain, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire and Room. Her work has been included in The Journey Prize Stories and has twice been shortlisted for the prize. In 2014, a selection of Young’s stories was featured in the 13 edition of Coming Attractions, Oberon Press’ yearly anthology introducing previously unpublished writers to Canadian readers. Originally from Victoria, she moved to Vancouver to complete an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Currently Artistic Associate at the Vancouver Writers Fest, she lives in Vancouver with her husband and son.
Monday, November 7th | 5:30—10:00pm
WURST Beer Hall & Restaurant
2437 4th St SW, Calgary. Private Room Downstairs.
$15 Online Tickets | $20 at the door
See more and purchase tickets online at: http://gillerlightbash.ca/cities/calgary