Authors visiting Courtenay library

BC Book Prize shortlisted authors Anne Fleming and Alan Woo coming to Courtenay library on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. for an author visit.

The Courtenay Library Branch will host BC Book Prize shortlisted authors Anne Fleming and Alan Woo on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. for an author visit.

Fleming, the author of Gay Dwarves of America, is originally from Ontario before moving to Vancouver to attend school.

While there, she earned her MFA from the University of British Columbia; wrote reviews of books and theatre for the Georgia Straight; and taught creative writing at various schools, such as UBC and Emily Carr Institute, before moving to Kelowna to teach at UBC Okanagan.

Her first book, Pool-Hopping and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Her fiction has been commissioned by CBC Radio, and published in magazines, including Toronto Life, The Journey Prize Stories, and The New Quarterly.

Woo, author of Maggie’s Chopsticks, was born in England, and grew up in Vancouver.

He draws his “inspiration from his Chinese-Canadian heritage, friends and family, reading lots of books, going to live theatre, meeting new people, travelling and playing with cats!” He has been published in both Rice Paper Magazine, and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. Maggie’s Chopsticks is his first children’s book.

This is a free event, open to all. For more information, contact the library at 250-334-3369.

— Courtenay Library

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