It is time again for the Wild Writers Festival, staged by the award winning journal, The New Quarterly, housed at St. Jerome’s at University of Waterloo. And yes, that is an image of Madeline Thien–shortlisted this year for the Man Booker Prize as well as the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General Award for Fiction–and yes she is participating! Read on for more.
Wildly Acclaimed Authors at Wild Writers Festival
The fifth annual Wild Writers Festival will be showcasing a constellation of high-profile authors, November 4 to 6 in Waterloo and Kitchener.
Rosemary Sullivan, Kerry Lee Powell, Madeleine Thien and Michael Helm will be front and centre at Waterloo Region’s premier literary festival.
Sullivan, author of Stalin’s Daughter, will be conversing with CBC’s Craig Norris at the Friday night opening, November 4 at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI/Basillie Centre). Her book has won a host of national and international awards, including the 2016 RBC Charles Taylor Prize, the top accolade for non-fiction in Canada.
Powell, author of Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush, will be a panellist for Fiction: Finding Your Voice and Falling In Love with Poetry, both during the day on Saturday, November 5 at CIGI. Her book is a nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General Award for Fiction.
Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing, will be reading at the literary brunch at the Rhapsody Barrel Bar on Sunday, November 6. Her book has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize as well as the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General Award for Fiction.
Helm, author of After James, will also be reading at the literary brunch on November 6. His book is a nominee for the 2106 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Also putting the wild in Wild Writers at the Saturday night Speakeasy at the Berlin, Tasneem Jamal, a commended K-W novelist, will interview Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit CBC show Little Mosque on the Prairie.
The Wild Writers Festival was created and is managed by The New Quarterly magazine. TNQ has won 10 gold and seven silver medals and had 31 honourable mentions in the 17 years that it has participated in the National Magazine Awards.
The New Quarterly, a charitable not-for-profit organization, has been publishing the best of new Canadian writing — fiction, poetry, author interviews and talk about writing — since 1981.
“The Wild Writers Festival is a must-attend event for everyone who loves exceptional reading and writing,” says TNQ editor Pamela Mulloy.
More information about this year’s Wild Writers Festival can be found at #WildWriters and @tnqwildwriters. Contact TNQ editor Pamela Mulloy at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 519-884-8111, ext. 28290, or TNQ managing editor Sophie Blom at email@example.com