Saturday, June 8, 2019
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton
10155 105 St.
An important event in our conference weekend is the Alberta Literary Awards Gala. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of Alberta authors, support each other in the literary community, visit with friends, and meet new people.
We invite you to join us for an evening honouring Alberta’s literary community! Awards will be presented in nine categories that include fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, and children’s literature.
This year, we are thrilled to announce that the gala keynote will be delivered by Katherine Koller.
Katherine Koller writes for stage, screen, radio and page. Her first plays for CBC radio are Cowboy Boots and a Corsage and Magpie. Her trilogy of Alberta Landworks plays includes Last Chance Leduc, The Seed Savers and Coal Valley and her collection of plays is Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays (AU Press). Her six-part web documentary, Sustainable Me, features Edmonton youth changing their world (sustainablemeyeg.ca).
Art Lessons (Enfield & Wizenty), her debut novel, was a finalist for both the Edmonton Book Prize and the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Grain, Epiphany, Alberta Views and Room, and her collection of short stories is Winning Chance (Enfield & Wizenty). She has written dance and ballet story libretti and an excerpt from her opera, The Handless Maiden, plays at the Vancouver Opera Spring Festival and will be given a staged reading in June. Her new radio play, Hope Soup, is part of the Edmonton Fringe Festival this summer. Katherine is currently serving as Writer-in-Residence for CAA-Alberta. She is co-producer of Script Salon, a monthly new play reading series now in its sixth year, and Edmonton Script Salon podcasts. www.katherinekoller.ca