Several literary events will happen during the Alden Nowlan Festival in Fredericton, NB from Thursday October 3rd to Tuesday October 8th.
The Festival kicks off with a reading by Wayne Johnston on Thursday, October 3rd at 8 pm in Memorial Hall on the UNB Campus.
Wayne Johnston’s first book, The Story of Bobby O’Malley, won the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel award for the best first novel published in the English language in Canada in that year. The Divine Ryans was adapted to a film which starred Academy Award winner Pete Postlethwaite and Wayne wrote the screenplay. Baltimore’s Mansion won the most prestigious prize for creative non-fiction awarded in Canada – the Charles Taylor Prize. Both The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Navigator of New York spent extended periods of time on bestseller lists in Canada and have also been published in the US, Britain, Germany, Holland, China and Spain. Colony was identified by the Globe and Mail as one of the 100 most important Canadian books ever produced. His most recent book, The Son of a Certain Woman, was published just last month and has already been long listed for the Giller Prize.
The Alden Nowlan Festival continues with Poetry Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, with readings taking place at 11 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm each day in Memorial Hall, with the exception of Saturday’s 2 pm reading which will be held in Gallery 78. Readings will be by Shane Neilson, Steven Price, Julie Bruck, Susan Glickman, David Seymour, Adam Dickinson, Carmelita McGrath, Lynn Davies, Jan Conn, Peter Richardson, Maurice Mierau, Sue Sinclair, and many more!
The final event of the Festival will be a reading by acclaimed writer, Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian and A Short History of Indians in Canada, which won the 2006 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award. King’s A Coyote Columbus Story was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 1992, and his Green Grass, Running Water was nominated the following year. King is also known for his work writing and performing on the CBC radio show “Dead Dog Café”. His reading will be held on Tuesday, October 8th at 8 pm in Memorial Hall on the UNB Campus.
All of the Alden Nowlan Festival events are free of admission and all are welcome to attend.