A new YA novel in the works!
In September I will be off to Ukraine to research a new YA novel set in Odessa. I’ll be writing about the journey on my blog so if you’re interested please follow along: http://cathyostlere.blogspot.ca/
Creative Nonfiction Collective Society
I am the new President of this fantastic group of writers. Learn more about how we support creative nonfiction writers here.
LOST: A MEMOIR plays in Montreal
Persephone Productions in Montreal, directed by Christopher Moore and featuring Karine Dion in the role of Cathy. The theatre will tour to four venues starting April 5 at John Abbott, April 12 in St. Lambert, April 13 and 14 at Victoria Hall in Westmount, then April 19-21 L’Espace 401, Berri.
KARMA shortlisted for the White Pine Award
The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest® helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.
Read the entire list here.
LOST: A MEMOIR — Drama
Finalist for a 2012 Governor General’s Award
The Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the annual literary honour, has announced the nominees for the Governor General’s Awards. Read the full list here.
Read why Calgary is the new hot bed for Canadian drama by Calgary Herald writer Stephen Hunt
What else I’ve been doing ….
- Alexandra Writer’s Centre in Calgary - Creative Nonfiction in Theanna Bischoff’s class
- Wordsworth Summer Camp for Writers at Bragg Creek - The Art of the Haibun, a 17th Century Japanese Literary Form
- YouthWrite at Camp Chief Hector - The Hero’s Journey, based on the work of Joseph Campbell
- Laurier Heights Junior High School in Edmonton - How to Write Fast and Furious
- Gordon Graydon High School in Mississauga - Turning Personal Experience into Fiction
- Dunbarton High School in Pickering - The Real Story Behind the Writing of Karma
- An Evening of Tales and Legends from Sarees in Toronto - the Saree Motif in Karma
- The Northern YABS Tour in Bonnyville and Cold Lake, Alberta - Poetry and Landscape
- Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary - The Narrative Poem
- Poet Seamus Heaney’s (1939-2013) The Cure at Troy, his beautiful version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes.
- Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Young Stalin. Are monsters made or born?
- C.H.U.M.P.S. - an anthology. Works by the Calgary Homeless Unintelligible Mymbling Poets Society edited by the amazing Celine Chuang.
- Irish travel writer Mary Russell’s Please Don’t Call It Soviet Georgia. The woman is fearless!
Reviews of really great books
- What’s Happening with the Canadian Verse Novel. This genre is exploding!
- The Night Wanderer by Ojibway writer Drew Hayden Taylor. I love his writing.
October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that fifteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada.
Learn more about the real history of the 1984 riots: bbc.co.uk
No matter where in the world my brother David is - Australia or China or England - he always calls home on his birthday. But in September of 1995, our family waits in vain for a birthday call that never comes. I leave my home in Calgary to search for David and his girlfriend Sarah, last seen on their boat the Mugwump, en route from Ireland to Madeira.
LOST - the play
The dramatic one-woman show, based on my book. Finalist for a 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award.
LOST: A MEMOIR, the script, can be purchased from these online retailers:
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“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book.” - Marcel Proust