Seven novelists, poets, playwrights to read in 2010 Visiting Author Series

Visit authors: top row, from left -- Matt Rader, Laisha Rosnau, Lee Henderson; bottom row, from left -- Gillian Wigmore, Michael MacLennan, Richard Wagamese.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at UBC Okanagan brings an exciting array of Canadian writers to Kelowna for the 2010 Visiting Author Series of author readings, starting next Thursday.

From January to April, seven Canadian writers will read and talk about writing and the writing life. With poets, fiction writers, experimental language practitioners, screenwriters, and playwrights, the FCCS Visiting Authors Series has something for everyone this term.

January will feature two B.C. writers who are among the most acclaimed new writers in the country. Matt Radar and Gillian Wigmore will share the stage on Thursday, January 14, at 6 p.m. at UBC Okanagan's Arts building room ART 106.

Wigmore grew up in Vanderhoof, B.C., and currently lives in Prince George. Her first book soft geography was widely acclaimed.

Radar is the author of two collections of poetry, Miraculous Hours and Living Things, and his poems and stories have been published internationally and nominated for numerous prestigious awards.  He lives in the Lower Mainland.

The reading series will continue with:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. in UBC Okanagan Arts building ART 218 -- playwright and screenwriter Michael MacLennan
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., UBC Okanagan Arts building ART 106 -- Lee  Henderson, novelist and editor (this a Freedom to Read Week event).
  • Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m., Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St.) -- Laisha Rosnau, novelist, poet and UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence will read and introduce the winners of the Okanagan Short Story Contest.
  • Friday, March 26, 7 p.m., Alternator Gallery (421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna) -- acclaimed poet and experimental artist Lisa Robertson
  • Thursday, April 1, 7:30  p.m., Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St.) -- Richard Wagamese, First Nations fiction writer and journalist.

All these events are free of charge and sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, UBC Okanagan Bookstore, The Canada Council for the Arts, Okanagan Regional Library, and the Alternator Gallery.

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

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