We’re proud to present our next visiting author Waubgeshig Rice. Originally from Wasauksing, an island across from Parry Sound, Waub developed his passion for storytelling while listening to his elders’ stories. He started writing as a teen and some of those stories were collected in Midnight Sweatlodge, published by Theytus Books in 2011.
He also started a journalism career young when, at 17, he wrote about being an exchange student in northern Germany for Canadian newspapers. He graduated from Ryerson Journalism in 2002 and has worked in a variety of media across Canada ever since. In 2006, he started working for CBC Winnipeg and currently works as a video journalist for CBC News Ottawa.
His debut novel, Legacy, will be published by Theytus in June 2014. Check out this video of Waub at Serpent River talking about the book.
When he comes to Thessalon, Waub will give us a workshop aimed at sharpening our skills at conveying emotion in our stories. The workshop starts at 10 am in the basement of Zion United Church, 224 Main St. in Thessalon. Then, in the evening, Waub will be reading excerpts from his own work alongside music from Au Saubles Connection, an exciting group of young people, who will be making their debut at this event. The show will take place at the IOOF Hall, 146 Main St., Thessalon, across from the post office.
Bonus: Join us for lunch and a Q&A session with John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada. John knows all about writing in Canada, probably better than anyone else. Before his job at TWUC, he was the Ontario Arts Council’s Literature Officer, the Executive Director of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, and the Communications Manager for Magazines Canada. He’s also a published novelist and poet.
Stories in the North owes its existence to encouragement from John. We’re thrilled to be able to host him in this, our fifth year of existence.
During our Q and A, we’ll be focusing on the question: Can a writer make a living in Canada these days? But bring all of your questions. John has been to all the great Canadian writing events and met pretty much every Canadian author you can name. He’ll share stories and the scoop on what he’s learned about writing in Canada.
To save your spot: Email us or call Angie Gallop at 705-842-2451.