Posted on 11 Sep 2013 in sfu woodward's event

The SFU Department of English Writer-in-Residence Inaugural Reading by Madeleine Thien

27 September 2013, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

The SFU Department of English Writer-in-Residence Inaugural Reading by Madeleine Thien

The Department of English at SFU is pleased to welcome fiction writer Madeleine Thien as the 2013-2014 Writer in Residence.  Madeleine is widely considered one of the most accomplished and internationally renowned of the new generation of fiction writers of Canada.  Her award winning short stories and novels have been published throughout the English speaking work, and translated into approximately 18 languages. Her first adult book, a collection of short stories entitled Simple Recipes, was published by M&S in 2001, and was the winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Vancity Book Prize, the City of Vancouver Book Award, and the Canadian Authors Award for most promising Canadian writer under the age of 30. Her second novel, entitled Certainty, was published by M&S in 2006, with editions in the US and Britain, and translations into 16 languages. Certainty won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and earned Madeleine the Ovid Festival Prize (Romania), given each year to an international writer of extraordinary promise. Her most recent novel is Dogs at the Perimeter, published by M&S in 2011. A profoundly accomplished and daring book about the Cambodian genocide, Dogs at the Perimeter, has been widely discussed and taught throughout the world.  Madeleine has been a beloved mentor and teacher of writing in communities throughout the world.

During the eight-month residency, Madeleine will read manuscripts and provide mentorship to students, staff, and writers from the wider community. In addition, the Writer in Residence will read from his or her work at one public reading per semester, visit English classrooms at SFU and connect with the greater Vancouver literary community. 

For more information on the writer in residence program, please consult the following webpage:

The event will include brief welcomes from SFU representatives, a reading by Madeleine Thien, and a question and answer period. Free refreshments will be provided, as well as a cash bar.

Presented by The Canada Council for the Arts;  The Office of the Dean of Arts, SFU; The Department of English, SFU; and The Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence Endowment Fund. Supported by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

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