Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.
George Bowering is one of Canada’s most energetic and prolific writers, with over eighty books to his credit—not including books he’s edited or his thirty-some chapbooks. He is a respected poet, novelist, essayist, critic, teacher, historian, editor, and tireless supporter of emerging writers. He has twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and BC’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. In November 2002 he was appointed Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate. That same month he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In this final year of his seventies, George Bowering shows no sign of slowing down. He is responsible for four (!!) new titles:
- Attack of the Toga Gang, a lively middle years time-travel mystery
- Ten Women, a collection of stories that play with the notion that there’s a partner for every fetish
- The World, I Guess, an extended poetry suite that shows a voice shaped by a lifetime of reading and reflecting
- Writing the Okanagan, a compilation of GB’s many writings about the place he and his forebears have called home
George Bowering will read from his new work, then join Festival Director Charlene Diehl for an onstage conversation about his extraordinary writing life.