Vancouver Writer’s Fest
I am thrilled to be moderating two events at the VWF this October.
For information and tickets go to Vancouver Writers Fest.
Wordfest in Calgary
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 8pm at Festival Hall, I will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Hector Tobar. We will be talking about Deep Dark Down, his riveting story of the 33 men who spent 69 days trapped more than 2000 feet underground in Chile’s San Jose Mine in 2010. For more information and tickets go to Wordfest.
A new YA novel in the works!
In September 2013 I was in Ukraine to research a new YA historical novel set in Odessa. As events in Ukraine develop the novel gets longer… more complicated….
CNFC 2015 Conference - Victoria, B.C. April 24-26
This fantastic group of writers will be meeting for the 11th Annual CNFC Conference in Victoria in April 2015. 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 ….
Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary - Karma and the Narrative Poem
Wordsworth Summer Camp for Writers at Bragg Creek - Imaginary Beings, the mythical beasts we love
Wordsworth Summer Camp for Writers at Bragg Creek - The Horror, don’t walk alone after this class
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
- Deep Dark Down by Hector Tobar
- Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston
- What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
- This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
- The Age by Nancy Lee
- The Road Narrows As You Go by Lee Henderson
- The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
- anything by Dionne Brand - currently At the Full and Change of the Moon
Books to watch for
Cathy Ostlere writes fiction, cnf, dramas and screenplays. Her nonfiction essays have been shortlisted for National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards, CBC Literary Awards, and Event and Prism creative nonfiction prizes. Her first book, Lost, was shortlisted for the 2009 Edna Staebler Creative Non-fiction Award. Cathy co-adapted Lost into a full-length play, Lost: A Memoir, finalist for the 2012 Governor General Literary Awards. Her novel-in-verse, Karma, has received many national distinctions including a 2012 Alberta Literary Award and a finalist for the 2012 City of Calgary’s W.O. Mitchell Award. Cathy is the current President of the Creative Nonfiction Collective (CNFC) Society.
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 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 my brother 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