Yellowknife's prestigious Northwords Writers Festival is coming up once again, heading into its 8th year. In the past they've hosted such notable and acclaimed authors as Michael Crummey, Douglas Coupland, Charlotte Gray, Michael Kusugak, Kathy Reichs, Richard Van Camp and many more. So who's slated for this year's festival, being held from June 5th to the 8th?
It looks like the headliner (not that they call it that) is none other than Robert J. Sawyer, probably Canada's most famous current sci-fi writer (remember, Atwood calls her stuff "speculative fiction," presumably while casting the tip of her nose towards her crystal chandelier). Sawyer's won Hugo and Nebula awards and had a (albeit short-lived) series on ABC-TV.
Other authors making the voyage north of 60 this year, according to the Northwords website, include:
- Hayden Trenholm
- Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
- Dave Bidini
- Todd Babiak
- Monique Gray Smith
- Billeh Nickerson
- Tara Lee Morin
I jest, of course. I'm happy for the Northwords committee for this wonderful guest list and wish them the best of luck. I hope to at least take in some of the events, and if you're a Yellowknifer pay attention to their website and to local media to see more announcements on events and venues.
In the meantime, here are links to the lone stories I've read by 2 of the above authors:
Robert J. Sawyer- "Forever"
Hayden Trenholm- "Like Monsters of the Deep"
(Gulp! I just realized that neither of those reviews were exactly glowing. Maybe I'll try to steer away from those guys. Or go incognito.)