International Writers Festival in Fort McMurray this March
Registration is now open for Wood Buffalo’s first international writing festival! The Western Perceptions Writers Festival brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors together to share literary viewpoints with fans.
I am extremely proud to be Co-Artistic Director along with my good friend Frederick R. Mcdonald. Authors include Lee Maracle, David Morrell, Wayne Arthurson, Kellen Cutsforth and Jeff Mariotte. Registration is open to all for March 24 and 25. March 26 is dedicated to an invite-only workshop led by Mi’kmaw writer Brandon Mitchell for northern youth interested in the comic book and graphic novel industry.
The three-day event was made possible by presenting sponsor Fort McKay First Nation and a grant from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. It has the support of the Athabasca Tribal Council, the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo, Arts Council Wood Buffalo and The Writers Guild of Alberta.
To those who enjoy the challenge of last-minute holiday shopping, may I suggest two books that include some of my seasonal short stories?
My Christmas story “The Power Man” — a Finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada 2019 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story — is featured in Baby It’s Cold Outside, a holiday anthology from Calgary’s Coffin Hop Press. And here’s a bonus: It’s set on Wolfe Island, Ontario, my hometown.
My recent short story collection Kill As You Go includes “A Christmas Bauble,” also an Arthur Ellis Award Finalist. It also features one of my personal favourites, “Marley Was Dead,” a story about volunteer fire fighters, a Santa Claus Parade, and murder by hockey stick.