Anderson-Dargatz to read at Fiction Contest prize announcement

Anderson-Dargatz to read at Fiction Contest prize announcement

Canadian author Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Bestselling Canadian author Gail Anderson-Dargatz, this year's judge for the Okanagan Short Fiction Contest, will announce the three winning stories at an afternoon fête at the Kelowna Art Gallery, Saturday June 13, at 2 p.m.

The Shuswap-based author will accompany the announcement with a reading of her own work and a short talk about writing. The three winners will each read from their work.

Anderson-Dargatz is the author of the recent critically-acclaimed novel, Turtle Valley, as well as the Giller Prize-nominated novels, The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees.

Anderson-Dargatz will draw her selections from stories by eight shortlisted writers:

  • Brian d’Eon of Nelson
  • Katherine Edwards of Kamloops
  • John McGregor of Kamloops
  • Sharon McLean Kuroyama of Salmon Arm
  • Kim McMechan of Kelowna
  • Joan McNamee of Kamloops
  • Kiera Polzin of Kelowna
  • Lorna Tureski of Armstrong

The Okanagan Short Fiction contest closed on May 15. First-prize winner will receive $500, second $200 and third $100.

Contest sponsors are UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College, CBC Radio One, and the Central Okanagan Foundation. The June 13th event is presented in partnership with the Kelowna Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Michael V. Smith at UBC Okanagan, 250-807-9706, or visit

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