They’ve done it again! The Saskatchewan Festival of Words has successfully booked two nationally recognized authors for its 2013 lineup.
Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape, published by Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Foundation, was just named winner of the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction.
Also headlining the 2013 Festival of Words is this year’s Governor General Award winner for fiction, Linda Spalding, author of the historical novel The Purchase.
Before the awards were announced, both authors had already agreed to appear at next summer’s Festival of Words, scheduled to take place between July 18 and 21, 2013, in Moose Jaw.
“We were able to announce Candace at the end of last summer’s festival, but had no idea how popular her book would become,” Festival of Words operations manager Sarah Simison told the Times-Herald. “When Linda was nominated, we invited her and she agreed right away, since she had heard good things about us.”
Simison added 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. For many Canadian authors, the Moose Jaw event is their favorite.
“We continue to get our bookings sooner and sooner, and it’s from word of mouth about the festival between writers,” Simison said. “They love our audiences and know their able to have intimate interaction with people who love literature and love reading.”
The Festival of Words has early-bird festival passes available now for Christmas at $175. As of June 1, 2013, a regular pass sells for $200. Flex passes can be purchased for individual sessions and available for $100 (value of $125).
“We’re hosting a holiday open house on Dec. 7 (from) 2 to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre,” Simison said, when asked where tickets and passes can be purchased. “The open house is a chance to touch base with volunteers and board members about the festival.”
The open house will have holiday treats and is a come and go as you please event. For more information, call 691-0557.
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