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Calgary Distinguished Writers Program welcomes Denise Chong

Denise ChongDenise Chong, award-winning writer of The Concubine’s Children – a best selling memoir of three generations of her family, set between China and Canada – is the University of Calgary’s 2017-2018 Writer-Residence with the long-running Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP).

Chong’s subsequent books are also poignant social histories. They include The Girl in the Picture (1999), about iconic Vietnamese napalm victim Kim Phuc; Egg on Mao (2009), which deals with the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square; and Lives of the Family (2013), an exploration of the lives of Chinese immigrants who found themselves in small town post-war Canada. In 2013 Chong was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for “writing books that raise our social consciousness.”  

In 2013 Chong was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for “writing books that raise our social consciousness.”  

She is thrilled with her residency with the CDWP. “This appointment affords both the privilege of mentoring budding writers, with the manuscript consultations, and also the absolute luxury of time given to devote oneself to my own writing,” she says. “I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity.”

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July 21, 2017
Calgary Distinguished Writers Program welcomes Denise Chong
Acclaimed writer of ground-breaking social histories is 2017-2018 Writer-in-Residence

Events

Date & Time:
September 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm

With Denise Chong and Shane Book

About the Program

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers, invigorate the Calgary writing community, and enhance the activities of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English. The Program achieves its objectives through two annual residency programs: one for an emerging Canadian writer, and one for a distinguished writer of international stature.

Since its inception in 1993, the Program has brought to Calgary two Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, and such literary luminaries as Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman, Oliver Sacks, Timothy Findley, Thomas King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alberto Manguel, Margaret MacMillan, Michael Ondaatje, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and illustrator Art Spiegelman, among others.