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Michael Christie and Bill Gaston to read as part of Lorenzo Reading Series

Author: Communications

Posted on Jan 28, 2014

Category: UNB Saint John , In the Media

Michael Christie will read from The Beggar’s Garden and Bill Gaston will read from The World on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre on the UNB Saint John campus.

Michael Christie has been a sponsored skateboarder, a homeless shelter worker, an advocate and outreach provider for the mentally ill, a magazine editor and a creative writing teacher. He holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC, and currently writes and divides his time between Thunder Bay and Galliano Island, B.C. The Beggar’s Garden is his first work, and has received much acclaim, including the Vancouver Book Award, was longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, was a finalist for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize, was named one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of 2011: Canadian Fiction, and one of Quill and Quire’s five Best Books of 2011.

Bill Gaston is a Canadian novelist, playwright and short-story writer. In 2002, Gaston’s Mount Appetite made him a finalist for the Giller Prize and the inaugural recipient of the Timothy Findley Prize, awarded by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. His short-story collection Gargoyles (2006) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and won the ReLit Award and the City of Victoria Butler Prize. He teaches at the University of Victoria.

The reading is hosted by the Lorenzo Reading Series and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact Margaret Anne Smith at (506) 654-3753 or email msmith@unbsj.ca.