If you’ve tried to visit lauriemacfayden.com lately, you’ll have discovered that my artist/writer website is not accessible at the moment. It’s getting a long overdue facelift but will be back up shortly.
In the meantime, I’m happy to remind you that my third collection of poems, Walking Through Turquoise, will be published in September as part of Quartet 2017, the annual four-pack of poetry titles from Frontenac House. Stay tuned for details about Alberta launch events.
And for those of you who couldn’t make it to my recent art sale, here’s a gallery of some of my paintings.
I’m honoured to be among the writers on this year’s Alberta Literary Awards shortlist. My short story Haircut
(published in Alberta Views) is a finalist for the Howard O’Hagan Award. Winners will be announced at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala
on June 10 in the Lister Centre at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
The Writers Guild of Alberta is presenting two readings featuring shortlisted authors:
An Afternoon with the Authors, Sunday, May 28, at 2 pm at Audreys Books, 10702 – Jasper Ave., Edmonton; and An Evening with the Authors, Wednesday, May 24, at 7 pm at Shelf Life Books, 1302 – 4th Street SW, Calgary.
Here is the complete list of finalists:
R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (Picture Books)
James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction
Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story
Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award
Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama
Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
Six area writers have been invited to pen letters to their younger selves, whether as children or as young adults, and share these aloud with the audience, followed by a Q & A session. The event includes a silent auction, cash bar, and desserts from Cafe Reinette donated by The Writers’ Union of Canada. Proceeds go to our kids camps and sponsoring youth in financial need from Edmonton and rural Alberta to attend.
Marilyn Dumont, Minister Faust, Mieko Ouchi, Thomas Trofimuk, Thomas Wharton and Laurie MacFayden are the featured literati letter writers and presenters. They’ll have copies of their books available for purchase.
Tickets are available at the door for $25.