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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.

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).

Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees for 2015

For Grades 4 to 12

 

See all the nominees - with links to our catalogue - here

Learn more about the program here