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Shirley N., Todd S. and Whitney R.
A huge Thank You to the Rotary Club for their generous grant to support our new "Teen Takeover" after-hours program.
The first night will be Friday, March 27 from 6 - 8 pm. Teens ages 12-17 are welcome.
Free; drop-in; tell your friends!
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Readers and writers alike are in for a year-long treat, as Gail Sidonie Sobat has been named a 2015 Metro Federation Writer in Residence.
As the regional Writer in Residence, Gail Sidonie Sobat will split her time between Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert, with multiple-month stints in each community. She is the founder and director of the Spoken Word Youth Choir and an instructor in the professional writing program at MacEwan University. Sobat has a master’s degree in English from the University of Alberta in children’s literature, specializing in fantasy. Her work has been published in academic and literary journals and anthologies, and has been broadcast on radio and performed on stage. She is also an award-winning teacher, and professional actor and singer. Sobat has been writer in residence in several Edmonton schools, at Queen’s University, in Doha, Qatar, at the University of Alberta through the Canadian Authors Association and recently at the UN International School of Hanoi.
She is looking forward to mentoring aspiring writers, and hosting readings and workshops.
“I am over-the-moon excited to be one of the new Writers in Residence for the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries, as I’ve lived, worked, taught or sung in all of the representative communities,” said Sobat. “The position is a dream come true – it’s wonderful to do this exciting work in my own city and province. Meeting people is one of my joys in life, and I look forward to connecting with writers and readers of all ages.”
While in residence, Sobat will devote roughly half her time to mentoring other writers and the other half to working on pursuing her adult novel-in-progress and a new collection of poetry.
Says David Larsen, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Director, “We are pleased to once again offer guidance, advice, and information to aspiring writers in the Fort Saskatchewan area through a talented and accomplished author, this year’s Writer in Residence being Gail Sidonie Sobat. Certainly, the consultations will be enlightening, productive, and enjoyable to all who take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
Gail is “in residence” at Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park from January to April 2015, followed by Fort Saskatchewan Public Library from May to June. Her program information will be made available as soon as possible.
For more information, visit www.metrowir.com (updated information available by January 1st).