Writer and novelist Kathleen Winter will read from The Freedom in American Songs on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre.

Born in England and raised in Newfoundland, Kathleen Winter has a diverse background that includes scriptwriting for Sesame Street and writing a regular newspaper column for The Telegram in St. John’s. Her first short story collection, boYs, won the Winterset Award, but is was her debut novel that made Winter a household name. Annabel was the only novel to make the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Awards short-lists in 2010. It went on to win the Thomas Head Raddall Award and an Independent Literary Award, as well as being short-listed for the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. It was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice for 2011 and was the runner up on CBC’s “Canada Reads” competition.

With her second short story collection, The Freedom in American Songs, Winter once again reveals her quirky sensuality, lyrically rendered settings and off-key humor. She tells hilarious, moving tales of modern loneliness, small-town gay teenagers, catastrophic love and gut-wrenching laughter in the absolute wrong places. Her characters are unique and unforgettable.

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 Alison Hughes at (506) 654-3753 or email aehughes@unb.ca.

 

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