I was fortunate to be able to attend the first night of Sage Hill faculty readings — Gould, with several of his highly entertaining and very short stories; Humphreys, three vivid scenes from a novel in progress; and Babstock, amazing poetry. (Babstock is the recently announced winner of the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize).
Unfortunately, I couldn't make the following session with Beach, Robinson, Valliant and Hill. (insert very sad sigh...)
However, I have pictures from the reception that followed the first readings — and many new additions to my must-read list. (Looking for great Canadian poetry, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction? See below, for some of these authors' works.)
|John Valliant and Lawrence Hill|
|Helen Humphreys, with Sage Hill|
Executive Director, playwright Philip Adams
|Sage Hill writers: Participant Caitlin Ward, |
with Program Assistant Fionncara MacEoin
|Kimmy Beach and Sage Hill|
Board President, poet Tracy Hamon
|Sage Hill participant, novelist |
Judith Silverthorne, Executive Director
of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
|Other writers at the Sage Hill readings: Caitlin Ward,|
Anne McDonald, Reg Sylvester and B.D. Miller
Selected works by the 2012 faculty:
- John Gould: Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good (HarperCollins), and Kilter: 55 Fictions (Turnstone Press).
- Helen Humphreys: Coventry, Leaving Earth, Afterimage, Lost Garden and Wild Dogs (HarperCollins), and The Frozen Thames (McClelland & Stewart).
- Ken Babstock: Methodist Hatchet, Mean and Days into Flatspin (House of Anansi Press)
- Kimmy Beach: in Cars, fake Paul and Alarum Within (Turnstone Press).
- Spider Robinson: Very Hard Choices (Baen), Variable Star (Tor, based on an outline left by Robert Heinlein), and, with his late wife Jeanne on the award-winning Stardance Trilogy (Baen).
- John Valliant: The Tiger (Knopf), The Golden Spruce (Norton).
- Lawrence Hill: Black Berry Sweet Juice, Book of Negroes (Someone Knows My Name), and Any Known Blood (HarperCollins).