TALKING FRESH 13
Getting Lucky: Writing and Luck
When: March 6 - 7, 2015
Where: RIC 119 - Research and Innovation Lecture Hall, Room 119, University of Regina
Parking in Lot 8 or at meters—Free on Saturday
Angie Abdou is a fiction writer and teacher who has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Calgary. BC BookWorld called her short story collection, Anything Boys Can Do (2006), an “extraordinary literary debut” and the Victoria Times Colonist commended its original take on female sexuality. The Globe and Mail praised her first novel, The Bone Cage (2007), for its “beautiful writing” and The Quill & Quire called it “vivid, intense, and authentic.” The Kootenay Library Federation chose The Bone Cage as the official book for the inaugural “One Book One Kootenay” reading series. The Bone Cage is also taught in university-level Sport Lit courses across Canada and United States. It and was included on Canadian Literature‘s “All-Time Top Ten List of Best Canadian Sport Literature.” It was also a finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads 2011 and the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year. Angie’s second novel, The Canterbury Trail (2011), is a dark comedy about mountain culture. It was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book of the Year, and it won a 2012 IPPY, gold medal for Canada West. Angie has nearly twenty years of teaching experience and has been involved in writing programs throughout the country. She was raised in Moose Jaw, SK and now lives in Fernie, BC with her husband and two children. She teaches full-time at the College of the Rockies.
Tara Beagan is a proud halfbreed of Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian” heritage. A prolific writer/director/producer/actor, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013. She has been playwright-in-residence at Cahoots Theatre Projects, NEPA, and the National Arts Centre. She will be in residence at the Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Berton House this winter.
Tara’s debut play, Thy Neighbour’s Wife (UnSpun Theatre) garnered three Dora Award nominations in ’05, winning for Outstanding New Play. Ensuing plays include Dreary and Izzy (NEPA at Factory Theatre), Here, Boy! (halfbreed productions at Buddies in Bad Times Rhubarb! festival), and head writer/co-director for the Crate Productions collective, The Fort at York in 2007. Quilchena, (halfbreed productions at SummerWorks) which Beagan also directed, debuted in 2007. Beagan’s Miss Julie: Sheh’mah (KICK Theatre) premiered in 2008, earning five Dora nominations. Tara was one of four playwrights on the ambitious Theatrefront serial project, The Mill.
Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography, a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia, a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has won the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. The Utne Reader has recently included Bök in its list of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.
Michael Helm was born in Saskatchewan. His most recent novel, Cities of Refuge, was a national bestseller in Canada and was a Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award finalist, a Giller Prize nominee, and a Globe and Mail and Now magazine Best Book of the Year. His earlier novels are The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. His personal essays and writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Tin House and Brick, where he serves as an editor. He teaches at York University in Toronto, ON.