Who: Authors Karen Hofmann and Sean Johnston
What: UBC Visiting Author Series public readings of their works
Where: Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday October 15
Authors Karen Hofmann and Sean Johnston will give readings of their works on Wednesday, October 15, 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna as part of UBC’s Visiting Author Series.
Hofmann has taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Thompson Rivers University since 1990. She has published fiction and poetry in several national literary magazines, including Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Geist, Arc, Chatelaine, and A Room of One’s Own.
She has won prizes for both poetry and short fiction, including first prize in the Okanagan Short Fiction contest twice, and a shortlisting for the CBC Canada Writes Short Fiction contest. A first collection of poetry, Water Strider, was published by Frontenac House in 2008 and shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize. Her first novel, After Alice, has just been released by NeWest Press.
Johnston is the author of Listen All You Bullets (Gaspereau, 2013), The Ditch Was Lit Like This (Thistledown, 2011), All This Town Remembers (Gaspereau, 2006), and A Day Does Not Go By (Nightwood, 2002), which won the 2003 ReLit Award for short fiction. Johnston lives in Kelowna, where he co-edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations, and teaches at Okanagan College.
The UBC Visiting Author series is sponsored by UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan campus bookstore, Okanagan Regional Library, and the Canada Council for the Arts. A diverse roster of Canadian literary figures will offer free public readings in fall 2014.
Among them: Friday, November 28 – Ashok Mathur and Matt Rader, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. This event featuring UBC faculty members includes a book launch for Rader’s new book of stories, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This.