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Date & Time:
September 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Chinese Cultural Centre | 197 - 1st Street SW Calgary AB
Denise Chong and Shane Book
Denise Chong, 2017-2018 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Denise Chong, the 2017-2018 Writer-in-Residence for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, will give a public reading at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre on Sept. 8.

Denise Chong, an internationally published and award-winning writer, is best known for The Concubine’s Children, a memoir of her three generations of her family set between Canada and China. Called “beautiful, haunting and wise” by the New York Times Book Review, it was a Globe and Mail bestseller for 93 weeks. Her subsequent books were equally ground-breaking social histories: The Girl in the Picture, Egg on Mao, and Lives of the Family. Denise was educated at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. She has received four honorary doctorates, is a past co-chair of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and in 2013, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for “writing books that raise our social consciousness.”

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

Shane Book, 2016-2017 Canadian Writer-in-ResidenceShane 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.