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Consultations now open

Book a consultationManuscript consultations are now open!

Liz Howard, our 2018–19 Canadian Writer-in-Residence, is accepting appointments to meet with writers at any stage in their work to provide feedback on up to 10 pages of writing.

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Amitav Ghosh, 2018–19 Distinguished Visiting Writer

2018–19 Distinguished Visiting Writer Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, a collection of essays, and eight novels. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the jury of the Locarno Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honours, by the President of India. His books have won prizes in India, Europe, and Myanmar and he has been awarded honorary degrees by the Sorbonne, Paris and by Queens College, New York. He is married to the writer Deborah Baker and divides his time between Brooklyn, Goa, and Kolkata.

An Evening with Amitav Ghosh, a public reading and book-signing on November 20, is free to attend but tickets must be reserved in advance.


Date & Time:
November 20, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for An Evening with Amitav Ghosh, a public reading and book-signing.

Date & Time:
November 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm

The last three winners of the Griffin Poetry Prize, including 2018–19 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Liz Howard, read and chat at the University of Alberta.

Date & Time:
November 23, 2018 - 5:30 pm to November 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm

This symposium honours the work of métisse writer and elder Sharron Proulx-Turner, who passed away last year. 

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.