Award winning author coming to Festival of Words

Cole Carruthers
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Annabel Lyon, author of the The Sweet Girl, which was longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, will be appearing at the this year’s Saskatchewan Festival of Words July 18 - 21. The Golden Mean, Lyon’s first novel, is a Canadian bestseller and winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

“We have our line up being confirmed earlier and earlier each year,” Festival of Words operations manager Sarah Simison told the Times-Herald. “Word about the festival continues to spread by word of mouth between writers and publishers.”

She said Lyon’s work has been a popular choice among book clubs and the festival is quite excited to have another award winning author already confirmed for the event.

“I’m really excited about this year’s line up,” Simison said. “There was a lot of press coverage for Lyon’s book The Golden Mean, and it’s still a very popular book now –– she’s a big name in Canadian literature.”

According to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, “The nation’s top writers readily accept invitations to appear in Moose Jaw each year because of the festival’s reputation for hospitality, organization and the opportunity to read before smaller audiences in relaxed settings.”

Set in Greece, Random House describes the The Sweet Girl, “As the story of the smart Pythias and Aristotle who finds her able to best his own students in debate and match wits a roomful of Athenian philosophers. But when Alexander dies a thousand miles from Athens, and sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, Aristotle and his family are forced to flee to Chalcis where Aristotle soon dies.”  

For more on this article pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Rogers Writers, Random House

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Greece, Athens Chalcis

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