The Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw has many fabulous authors again this year. You can find out more about the festival schedule and registration at https://www.festivalofwords.com/schedule
While you are at the Festival be sure to look for the Amnesty International volunteers who will be collecting petitions in support of prisoners of conscience.
We would like to highlight three of the authors in particular:
Monia Mazigh will be instructing an advocacy writing workshop on Thursday, July 19 from 9am to 12noon. The cost is $35. (please preregister with the Festival). Monia Mazigh is an author, academic and human rights advocate. She has authored a memoir called Hope and Despair, published in 2008 by McClelland and Stewart. In 2014, her novel Mirrors and Mirages was published in English by the House of Anansi. Her second novel about the Arab Spring, Hope has Two Daughters, came out in French in the Fall 2015. It was published in January 2017 by the House of Anansi.
Tanya Talaga the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, (the May / June 2018 selection for the Amnesty International Canada Book Club) and the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year; a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book; and a national bestseller. Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national healthcare, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs.
David Chariandy was born in Toronto, and now lives in Vancouver. His first novel, entitled Soucouyant, was nominated for 11 literary prizes and awards, including the Governor General’s Award (shortlist), and the Scotiabank Giller Prize (longlist). His second novel, entitled Brother, (the January / February 2018 selection for the Amnesty International Canada Book Club) won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize. His most recent book is a non-fiction book about the politics of race and belonging entitled I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You: A Letter To My Daughter.