University of Calgary

Day-long celebration to mark W.O. Mitchell centenary

Archival exhibit, writing contest and panel discussion recognize legacy of beloved Canadian author

March 10, 2014

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the University of Calgary's Libraries and Cultural Resources department will host a day-long celebration to mark the centenary of the birth of author W.O. Mitchell. He brought the prairies to life in novels such as Who Has Seen The Wind and spent much of his life in Calgary. Mitchell died in 1998 but his work continues to influence aspiring writers.

The event includes a writing contest for university students using typewriters, a panel discussion about the impact of Mitchell's work, a visit from W. O. Mitchell School students and a screening of Who Has Seen The Wind. Family members of W.O Mitchell will also be in attendance.

Mitchell's archives are held in Special Collections at the Taylor Family Digital Library. Items including personal belongings, manuscripts and photographs are on display from March 10 - 28, 2014, in the Centre for Arts and Culture on the 5th floor.

All events are free and open to the public.

WHAT:   W.O. Mitchell Centenary Celebration and archival exhibit            
WHERE:  Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary, 410 University
        Court NW                                                            
WHEN:   Thursday,    9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Student writing contest -     
        March 13,                             Lobby                         
                     Noon to 1:30 p.m.        Students from W.O Mitchell    
                                              School tour displays          
                     3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Panel discussion - Gallery    
                     5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Reception - Gallery Hall      
                     7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   Film screening - Digital Media
                                              Commons, 3rd floor