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Four Women Writers Discuss Reading, Writing & Aging During a Pandemic

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MST

Join Sharon Butala, Michelle Good, Larissa Lai, & JoAnn McCaig for a lively conversation via Zoom.

SHARON BUTALA turned 80 in 2020 and her latest book, Season of Fury and Wonder is about old age: the joy of success and the sting of shortcomings. Each story is a riff on a classic work of literature by the likes of Raymond Carver, Willa Cather and Flannery O’Connor. Season of Fury and Wonder won The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. The highly-acclaimed Butala is the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award three times.

is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years and advocating for residential school survivors, she obtained a law degree. She earned her MFA in creative writing at UBC while still practicing law. Her novel Five Little Indians was nominated for the Giller Prize and a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Prize. Her poems, short stories and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada. Michelle Good now lives in the southern Okanagan in BC.

Of Hong Kong Chinese descent, poet, critic and novelist LARISSA LAI has written eight books, including The Tiger Flu, a speculative fiction novel in which a woman over 50 is responsible for the reproductive continuity of her community. Involved in cultural organizing, experimental poetry and speculative fiction communities since the late 1980s, Larissa has received the Duggins Prize, the Lambda Award, and the Astraea Award, and been shortlisted twice for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award. She holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary, where she directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing.

taught English at the University of Calgary for twenty years. Her scholarly book Reading In: Alice Munro’s Archives was based on her doctoral research. Her first novel, The Textbook of the Rose, was shortlisted for the Georges Bugnet Award and won the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. She published her second novel in 2019; An Honest Woman is a very bookish novel about the places where writerly ambition collides with erotic desire. JoAnn’s bookishness finds further expression in her involvement with Broadview Press, Freehand Books, Thistledown Press, and the independent bookstore Shelf Life Books.


February 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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