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AAWinnipeg Writing Festival: In Thin Air [Sep. 15th, 2009|10:16 am]
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THE WINNIPEG INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL OFFERS A STERLING SCIENCE FICTION PROGRAM AT THIN AIR 2009

The festival runs from September 20 -27 and features three of the world’s best science fiction authors; NICK DICHARIO, ROBERT J SAWYER and ROBERT CHARLES WILSON.

Nick DiChario will be appearing at schools across Winnipeg during the festival week. He will also be appearing with Robert J Sawyer and Robert Charles Wilson on Friday September 25 from 2:30 to 4:00 at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall to discuss the Future (attendance is FREE). That evening at 8:00 all three men will be at the Mainstage at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre at the Forks to leap Into The Future (tickets are $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for students and seniors or buy festival pass at McNally Robinson or at www.thinairwinnipeg.ca).

Robert J Sawyer will be at the Big Ideas event at the Millennium Public Library in the Carol Shields Auditorium on Wednesday September 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 for a Reality Check as Robert discusses how science fiction allows us to talk about the issues of today (admission is FREE). On Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM Robert will be at the McNally Robinson Polo Park location for the premiere of the big-budget television series FLASHFORWARD from ABC (admission is FREE but seating is limited). He will also be appearing with Nick DiChario and Robert Charles Wilson on Friday, September 25 from 2:30 to 4:00 at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall to discuss the Future (attendance is FREE). That evening at 8:00 all three men will be at the Mainstage at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre at the Forks to leap Into The Future (tickets are $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for students and seniors or buy festival pass at McNally Robinson or at www.thinairwinnipeg.ca).

Robert Charles Wilson will be appearing with Nick DiChario and Robert Sawyer on Friday, September 25 from 2:30 to 4:00 at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall to discuss the Future (attendance is FREE). That evening at 8:00 all three men will be at the Mainstage at the CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre at the Forks to leap Into The Future (tickets are $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for students and seniors or buy festival pass at McNally Robinson or at www.thinairwinnipeg.ca).

These three authors have won most of the science fiction awards available and should not be missed!

NICK DICHARIO
Nick DiChario’s short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and The Best Alternative History Stories of the 20th Century. He has published two novels, A Small and Remarkable Life (2006) and Valley of Day-Glo (2008), both Robert J Sawyer Books from Fitzhenry & Whiteside. He has been nominated for two Hugo Awards, two John W Campbell Memorial Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. DiChario is the fiction editor of HazMat Literary Review and has taught creative writing to university students and adults. He lives in Rochester, NY.

ROBERT J SAWYER
Robert Sawyer is one of only seven writers to win all three of science fiction’s top honours for best novel: the Hugo for Hominids, the Nebula for The Terminal Experiment, and the John W Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan. He has also won an Arthur Ellis Award and ten Auroras. As well as a prolific writer, Sawyer is the editorial force behind Robert J Sawyer Books, an SF imprint at Fitzhenry & Whiteside. A new television series based on Sawyer’s novel FlashForward will premiere during THIN AIR. This spring, Penguin released Wake, his eighteenth novel. Sawyer lives in Mississauga.

ROBERT CHARLES WILSON
Robert Charles Wilson is one of Canada’s most respected science fiction writers, with fourteen novels, numerous short stories, and several non-fiction pieces to his credit. Among his many honours are Aurora Awards for Darwinia, Blind Lake, and “The Perseids”; the Philip K Dick award for Mysterium; the John W Campbell Memorial Award for The Chronoliths; and the Hugo Award for Spin. Stephen King identifies him as “probably the finest science-fiction author now writing.” His new novel, Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (Tor), grew out of the novella Julian: A Christmas Story, a finalist for the 2007 Hugo Award. Wilson lives in Concord ON.

More information about the festival can be found at http://www.thinairwinnipeg.ca/

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If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Michael Van Rooy at 927-7327 or e-mail Michael at publicist@thinairwinnipeg.ca

THE WRITING CRAFT
Saturday, 10:00 am - noon
Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
Each year, THIN AIR includes opportunities for writers to further develop their skills. This year’s topic is writing for children and teens.

Saturday, September 26, 10:00 am – noon
SATURDAY SEMINAR: WRITING FOR KIDS
TimWynne-Jones

Interesting and original characters, lively dialogue, a persuasive narrative voice, a well-turned story: sounds like a suitable checklist for any kind of fiction writing. But writing for younger readers does present really interesting challenges, whether you’re writing picture books, middle-grade or young adult novels. In a two-hour, craft-centered workshop, join one of the best in the business to look at what makes for wonderful in the world of writing for youth. There’ll be plenty of time for discussion.

TimWynne-Jones has written over thirty books for all ages, was the children’s book columnist for The Globe & Mail, an editor at Red Deer Press, and has been, for the last seven years, on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in writing for children and young adults. He is also affiliated with the Humber School forWriters on-line program.

Admission: $25, $20 with THIN AIR Club Card.
Admission includes a beverage and fresh baking from Aqua’s incomparable EAT! Bistro. You might plan to stay afterward to enjoy lunch…

For information and to register: info@thinairwinnipeg.ca or (204) 927-7323.

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