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Date & Time:
September 16, 2016 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mamdami Opera Centre | 1315 7 St SW Calgary, AB
Nick Thran and Shane Book

Join us for a free Public reading and reception

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Shane Book, 2016-2017 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Shane Book’s first poetry collection, Ceiling of Sticks, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His second, Congotronic, won the Lampman Award and was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award, Ottawa Book Award, and 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. His first film, Dust, won prizes at numerous festivals worldwide. His second, Praise and Blame, will premiere in 2016. He was educated at NYU, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Stanford.

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Nick Thran, 2015-2016 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Nick Thran is the author of three collections of poems. His most recent collection, Mayor Snow, is forthcoming this fall with Nightwood Editions. His previous collection, Earworm, won the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His first collection, Every Inadequate Name, was a finalist for the 2007 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In 2013 he published a small children’s book called Halifax Hal (Bayeux Arts), with illustrations by Gabe Foreman. Born in Prince George, British Columbia, Nick has lived and worked in a variety of cities across Canada, as well as in the United States and Spain. In 2011 he received an MFA from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Teaching Fellow. In 2014 he was one of the inaugural writers-in-residence at The Al Purdy A-frame in Ameliasburgh. He currently works as a poetry editor for Brick Books, and lives with his wife and daughter in Montreal. During his residency Nick will be working primarily on a collection of essays, though he also hopes to compose a number of new poems.
The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers and invigorate the Calgary writing community via two annual residency programs: one for an emerging Canadian writer, and one for a distinguished writer of international stature. Join the CDWP on and Twitter @CDWP_UCalgary.

This FREE public reading will be followed by a reception. We welcome the entire community.