King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction announces new reading series

King's MFA in Creative Nonfiction announces new reading series

The first “Donald Sedgwick Reading Series” on August 9, 2017, will feature recent graduates of the University of King’s College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program reading from their new books.

The evening’s readers include:

  • Jen Powley, reading from Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis (Roseway)
  • Aaron Williams, reading from Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir (Harbour Publishing)
  • Jason Murray, reading from A Distorted Revolution: How Eric’s Trip Changed Music, Moncton, and Me (Nimbus)
  • Pauline Dakin, reading from Run, Hide, Repeat. (Penguin Canada)

“Frank, funny, smart, surprising: these are adjectives that apply to the work of all of the authors,” says Kim Pittaway, Executive Director of the King’s MFA. “Their subjects range widely, from family secrets to firefighting and from music to multiple sclerosis, but each author brings insight and intelligence to the page, helping readers to see these subjects in unexpected and intriguing ways. The evening promises to be a delight for anyone interested in exploring how, yes, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.”

The new annual reading series, jointly sponsored by the Halifax Public Library and King’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program, is named to honour Don Sedgwick, the co-founder of the King’s MFA and a well-known and widely respected veteran of Canadian publishing. Sedgwick retired as the Executive Director of the MFA program in June.

The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 pm in Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Library’s Central Branch. A question-and-answer period will follow. Admission is free.

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