On Wednesday, Sept 28 at 7:00 at the Fanny Bay Hall, The Fat Oyster Reading Series will feature two of Canada’s iconic writers along with an up and coming writer from Union Bay.
Fred Stenson’s sixth novel and ninth book of fiction, Who By Fire was published by Doubleday Canada in 2014. Stenson is the author of eighteen books in all and 150 films and videos. His titles include a trio of historical novels The Great Karoo, Lightning and The Trade. He has won several awards for his fiction: the WGA George Bugnet Novel Award (2001), The City of Edmonton Book Prize (2001), and the Grant MacEwan Writer’s Prize (2001 and 2006), and the CAA Fiction Award (1975). The Trade was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2000. The Great Karoo was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2008. Thing Feigned or Imagined, Stenson’s book on the craft of fiction is available from Banff Centre Press. Stenson directed the Wired Writing Studio at The Banff Centre for 15 years. He is a regular columnist for Alberta Views magazine. He lives in Cochrane, Alberta.
For a full list of book titles and more information, see his website: fredstenson.ca
Poet-artist Joe Rosenblatt was born in Toronto in l933. Over the years, Rosenblatt has written more than 20 books of poetry, several autobiographical works and his poems have appeared in over thirty anthologies of Canadian poetry over his forty year career. His books have received major awards, such as the Governor General’s award for poetry in 1976 and the BC Book Prize in 1986. Several bilingual volumes of his poetry have been published in Italian. His latest poetry book, The Bird in the Stillness, subtitled Forest Devotionals is published by the Porcupine’s Quill . These poems, in sonnet form, on the mythic Green Man were inspired by “the ancient giants” growing in the Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest. Since 1980 Rosenblatt has been living in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island with his wife Faye and their generational felines. The cats are frequently depicted in his paintings and drawings. His artwork appears in public and private collections in Canada and recent work was on show in the Spring of 2016 in Toronto and Oakville Ontario.
Kelly Madden writes poetry, songs and short stories. Her story “Letters for Home” can be found in North Island College’s I and Eye magazine. Her first novella, “Rabbit Punch” was completed this year. She lives in the Comox Valley.
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