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Richard Kemick to read as part of Lorenzo Reading Series

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Oct 25, 2019

Category: UNB Saint John

Author Richard Kelly Kemick will read from I am Herod at the Saint John Free Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, as part of the UNB Saint John Lorenzo Reading Series.

On a whim, armchair-atheist Richard Kelly Kemick joins the 100-plus cast of The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, North America's largest production of its kind and one of the main tourist attractions in Alberta. By the time closing night is over, Mr. Kemick has a story to tell. From the controversial choice of casting to the bizarre life in rehearsal, this glorious behind-the-scenes look at one of Canada's strangest theatrical spectacles also confronts the role of religion in contemporary life and the void left by its absence for non-believers.

Mr. Kemick is the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Magazine Awards and the Norma Epstein Award. His debut poetry collection, Caribou Run, was published to critical acclaim in 2016. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, The New Quarterly, This Magazine, Numero Cinq and Taddle Creek.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of The League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, and its private reading sponsors.

Richard Kelly Kemick will read from I am Herod on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square. All are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Andrea Kikuchi at (506) 648-5782 or email lorenzo@unb.ca.

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