Triple bill of authors featured at final Fat Oyster session of the season

Cynthia Flood, Renée Sarojini Saklikar and Judy LeBlanc featured

This month’s Fat Oyster Reading Series, the last before the summer, is featuring three dynamic award-winning authors on Wednesday June 10 at the Fanny Bay Hall.

Established author Cynthia Flood has been called “one of 10 Canadian women writers you need to read now,” by the CBC. Her fourth collection of short stories, Red Girl Rat Boy was named Best Fiction for 2013 by Quill & Quire, and January Magazine, and Best Short Fiction by the Globe & Mail. She was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. Renée Sarojini Saklikar has recently authored Children of Air India, which won the 2014 Canadian Authors Literary Award for poetry, and the 2014 Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize.

The work is part of a “life-long poem” entitled thecanadaproject, which includes poetry, fiction and essays. Saklikar is a mentor and instructor for Simon Fraser University’s writing and publishing program, and is co-founder of a new poetry reading series at the University.

Saklikar trained as a lawyer with a degree in English literature. Her work on thecanadaproject is about our sense of place, identity and language.

Fanny Bay’s own Judy LeBlanc won the 2015 Islands Short Fiction award, for her work, Senanus Island.

LeBlanc was long-listed for the 2013 CBC Short Story prize and won the 2012 Antigonish Review’s Sheldon Currie Fiction contest.

The evening will begin with three young aspiring Grade 11 and 12 writers from the Comox Valley.

This Fat Oyster reading will be on Wednesday June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fanny Bay Hall. Doors open at 6:30. The cost is by donation at the door. For more information visit the Fanny Bay Hall website at bit.ly/1zHWBGD

 

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