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May 3, 2011

SPRING LITERARY FESTIVAL

May 9 to 13, 2011
Great Hall, Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
All events are free and open to the public


MAY 9 7:00 pm
Charlene Diehl, Ian Ross, and Deborah Schnitzer
Charlene Diehl –  edits dig! Magazine and has recently published the memoir Out of Grief, Singing

Ian Ross – is well-known for his work on CBC Radio, including his famous “Joe from Winnipeg”, which became The Book of Joe and Joe from Winnipeg. Ross’s play FareWel won the 1997 Governor General’s Award for Drama, making Ross the first Métis to win that award. 

Deborah Schnitzer – Activist, provocateur, performer, and award-winning English professor at the University of Winnipeg. Her 2010 novel An Unexpected Break in the Weather won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction at the Manitoba Book Awards.


MAY 10 7:00 pm
Di Brandt, Diane Driedger, Joanne Epp, and Sarah Klassen
read from Tongue Screws and Testimonies: Poems, Stories, and Essays Inspired by the Martyrs Mirror.


MAY 11 7:00 pm
Marina Endicott, Christina Penner, and Lloyd Ratzlaff
Marina Endicott – is the author of Good to a Fault, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Canada and Caribbean) and finalist for the Giller Prize.

Christina Penner – published her first novel, Widows of Hamilton House in 2008. She is working on a second novel about a hospital architect who is compelled to build a secret room.

Lloyd Ratzlaff – In addition to writing in many different fields, Lloyd has been a teacher, minister, and counselor. His column in the Prairie Messenger Catholic Journal has been ongoing since 1999.

MAY 13 7:30 pm
Keynote Speaker Warren Cariou: “Life into Stories and Stories into Life”
His books have won numerous awards, including the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction and the Drainie-Taylor Prize for biography. Cariou is a Canada Research Chair in Narrative, Community, and Indigenous Cultures at the University of Manitoba, where he also directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. 

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