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Vancouver Writer’s Fest

I am thrilled to be moderating two events at the VWF this October.

Event #34 Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am SECRETS AND LIES with Marthe Jocelyn, Mariko Tamaki and Robert Paul Weston.

Event #68 Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:30am to noon THE GERM OF AN IDEA with Lee Henderson, Nancy Lee and Tom Rachman.

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

Lost - Cathy Ostlere

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

Lost - Cathy Ostlere
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

Lost - Cathy Ostlere

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

Lost - Cathy Ostlere

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 ….

Teaching

  • 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

Currently Reading

Books to watch for



My Bio:

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.

My Books:

KARMA

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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.

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA

RAZORBILL U.S.

INKED - PENGUIN INDIA

Learn more about the real history of the 1984 riots: bbc.co.uk

Please order from your local independent bookstore or these online retailers:
- Amazon.com
- Amazon.ca
- McNally Robinson
- Chapters / Indigo
- Target
- Barnes & Noble
- Monkeyshines
- Amazon India

LOST

Lost - Cathy Ostlere


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.

Order a copy of LOST here

LOST - the play

Lost - Cathy Ostlere

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:


Contact Cathy

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