Register Now for Calgary’s 7th Annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash on November 7
Breaking News…Giller-winning author WILL FERGUSON will join us!
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
ALL proceeds go toward literacy programs across the country!
With the support of Shelf Life Books, Freehand Books, Wordfest, 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. Will Ferguson—winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2012) for his novel 419—will make a special appearance (with his Giller trophy!) and share some behind-the-scenes anecdotes
Hear from local literary personalities as they each defend one of the six nominated titles.
Our 2016 Book Defenders include:
Kelsey Attard (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad)
Glenn Dixon (The Wonder by Emma Donoghue)
Micheline Maylor (The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall)
Bradley Somer (The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux)
Clea Young (Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien)
Sheri-D Wilson (Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin)
Meet local authors including Will Ferguson! Book championing! Door prizes! Guess the Giller contests! Live broadcast on big screens! Generous raffle prize donations from KOBO, Bistro Suzette, Yoga Santosha, BIN 905, Krickets Boutique, Out of Print Clothing, Butter Beauty Parlour, Mill Street Brew Pub, Shelf Life Books, Fleur de Sel Restaurant, Roots, and more!
Space is limited.Get Your Tickets Here
Kelsey Attard will defend 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
Kelsey is the managing editor of Freehand Books, a literary imprint in Calgary. She is an incredibly avid reader and has a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University. When she is not reading, attending literary events around town, spending time with her little daughter Erica and husband Andy, she edits manuscripts and tweets about literature. Freehand Books just won Publisher of the Year, congratulations Kelsey!
Glenn Dixon will defend The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Glenn 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 will defend The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
Micheline 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. She serves as the Past-president and co-founder of Freefall Literary Society, and remains a consulting editor.
Brad holds degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology and spent many years tromping through the wilds of Canada and the US, the scrub brush of Australia and along the beaches of the Caribbean looking for artifacts to fill in the hidden stories of human prehistory. He now just makes up stories because it’s easier. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor General’s award for Emerging Artist.
Bradley’s first novel, Imperfections, was published by Nightwood Editions in Canada. His latest novel, Fishbowl, has been published in many countries and translations around the world, was awarded the Georges Bugnet Award for fiction, and longlisted for the Alberta Readers Choice Awards. Fishbowl has been well-reviewed in the Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Toronto Star, Cosmopolitan UK, among others. It was also one of The San Diego Union Tribunes Best Books of 2015.
Sheri-D Wilson will defend Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin
Sheri-D is an internationally recognized poet, educator, producer and activist with 9 collections of poetry, 2 CD’s and four award-winning VideoPoems. She’s 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 activist. In 2006 she won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She’s 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. She is a regular guest on CBC. But most importantly, Geist Magazine named Sheri-D “The Canadian Author Who Would Make The Best Lover!”
Clea’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 three times, and she 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, B.C., Young 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.