Monday, October 18, 2010

Patricia Young at the Whistler Writers Festival

The paragraph below, taken from the Whistler Writers Group website, lists the 10 Canadian stars that gave readings this weekend to a nearly packed auditorium at the Squamish LilWat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

The stars love this festival and continue to visit. On Saturday, October 16th at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, we’re excited to host the 2009 Governor General Award winning author for fiction, Kate Pullinger (The Mistress of Nothing), two-time Governor General nominee, Patricia Young (An Autoerotic History of Swings), the 2009 winner of the Writers Trust of Canada Non-Fiction prize and the BC Booksellers’ Choice Award, Brian Brett (Trauma Farm), award winning author, Russell Wangersky (The Glass Harmonica), City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winning author, Terence Young, (The End of the Ice Age), short-story author Jenn Farrell (The Devil You Know), writing couple and former Whistler writers in residence, Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady (Breakfast at the Exit CafĂ©: travels through America), Kathy Page (The Find), and two-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winning author Caroline Adderson. Local writer, Stephen Vogler will MC the event and make sure all is groovy.

Patricia Young, winner of the CBC Literary Award for Poetry in the 1990's, appeared twice in the 2010 shortlist. Clearly one of Canada's top poets, Patricia treated the audience to a graceful reading from her newest book An Autoerotic History of Swing. Patricia Young's husband, Terence Young, was also present, reading from his newest book of stories The End of the Ice Age. His story had the intensity and depth of a satisfying poem and cooled the room by placing us in a dark lake for about 15 minutes.

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