The Canadian Literature Centre and the Writers Guild of Alberta are hosting a free discussion with renowned author Greg Hollingshead and his former writing student and Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons in celebration of Freedom to Read Week. This talk will focus on Simons' experiences as a local journalist who has received both acclaim and criticism for her journalistic writing. These two literary personalities will also discuss how Freedom to Read Week is connected with freedom of expression and challenges that both novelists and journalists face once their work is published.
Please join us in this discussion Thursday March 1, 2012 at 7pm in the U of A Law Centre 231/237. The event is free and open to the public, please RSVP via Eventbrite here:
Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with the Can Lit Centre and the WGA
Greg Hollingshead has published three novels and three story collections. In 1995 his third story collection, The Roaring Girl, won the Governor General's Award for Fiction. In 1998 his novel The Healer won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. His latest novel, Bedlam (2004), was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice for 2006. Greg's work has been published in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and China. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio program at The Banff Centre. In 2007 he received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Gold Medal for Excellence in the Arts. He is currently at work on his seventh book, a novel. He lives with his wife Rosa Spricer in Edmonton. For 2011-12 he is serving as Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.
Paula Simons is the Edmonton Journal's award-winning City columnist. A born-and- bred Edmontonian, Simons is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BA Hon.) and Stanford University (MA), as well as a former fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Over her years with the Journal, she has served as provincial affairs columnist, culture columnist and as a member of paper's editorial board. Simons has earned five prestigious National Newspaper Award citations of merit for her editorials, columns and investigative political reporting.