Robson Reading Series Presents Waubgeshig Rice

Rice will read from his collection of short stories Midnight Sweatlodge

Robson Reading Series presents Catherine Owen and Waubgeshig Rice
Thursday, May 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square
800 Robson Street

Ojibway writer and journalist Waubgeshig Rice will be reading from his short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge on May 17th at UBC Robson Square.

Midnight Sweatlodge (Theytus Books, 2011), is an emotionally charged fictional account of Aboriginal youth who visit an elder at a sweatlodge and recount their most troubling life experiences. It offers a textured portrait of contemporary aboriginal life, both the solid ground of traditional practices and the importance of full engagement in the wider world.

Rice is a broadcast journalist and writer. He grew up in Wasauksing, an Anishinaabe community on the shores of Georgian Bay. His articles, essays and columns have been published in national newspapers and magazines, and as a television journalist he has filed reports from across Canada. Midnight Sweatlodge is his first book. Waubgeshig lives and works in Ottawa, ON.

Rice will be joined by author Catherine Owen. In her book, Catalysts (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012), she examines with her characteristic fearlessness what drives her to write and the influences that shape her writing. From her childhood memories in suburban Vancouver to her willingness to risk all for a glimpse of her muse, these essays allow readers unparalleled insight into her creative life.

Owen has published seven previous collections of poetry including Frenzy (Anvil Press, 2009), which won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry for 2009 and Seeing Lessons (Wolsak & Wynn, 2010). Her books and poems have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, BC Book Prize, ReLit Award, George Ryga Award for Socially Conscious Literature, and The Earle Birney Prize. Catalysts is her first compilation of prose essays and memoir. She also plays bass in the metal band Medea and works as a freelance editor and tutor. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street (plaza level).

The Robson Reading Series is one of the longest-running reading series in Vancouver. We are a multi-genre series that features new and established Canadian authors. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Robson Square, the UBC Bookstore and Library at Robson Square and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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