Governor General's Award winning author Diane Schoemperlen to visit Woodbridge Farm in June

Schoemperlen was recently named a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Taylor Prize for Nonfiction

Schoemperlen was recently named a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Taylor Prize for Nonfiction

We're so excited to announce our first author in residence of 2017: Diane Schoemperlen, perhaps best known for her 1998 Governor General's Award winning Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures. She'll be visiting us from Kingston, Ontario in June. Over the past year, Diane's garnered tremendous praise for her bestselling, Taylor Prize shortlisted book, This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications (HarperCollins Canada). The work, which chronicles her six-year relationship with a man convicted of second-degree murder, was heralded as "riveting" by Maclean's and a book that "should be compulsory reading for young adults" by Quill & Quire. 

Not only will Diane be staying at the farm, she'll also be leading our first master class on Saturday, June 10th. After teaching successful courses elsewhere—including, most recently, at Kingston WritersFest's excellent Writers Studio—she was enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of memoir writing with those in our region. Given Diane's prize-winning career, this is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone interested in the form. Details will be announced shortly. In the meantime, you can learn more by visiting our Events page.

While there, you'll see that Diane will be joining local favorites Marty Gervais and Daniel Lockhart for the year's first outdoor reading on Sunday, June 11th, from 3 - 6 p.m. Like last year, we're going to be spinning old 78s, enjoying the breeze off the lake, and lounging about while listening to some excellent writing. Unlike last year, we're making the afternoon even more special by partnering with Windsor's own Biblioasis to launch Diane's First Things First: Selected Stories, a gathering of her earliest and uncollected short stories. In addition to generously organizing the funds needed to bring Diane to Kingsville, Biblioasis will also also be supplying delicious refreshments. Details can be found on our Events page. To RSVP (which we'd very much appreciate), please follow this link to its Facebook event page.

We're stoked to host Diane, bring her to read with Marty and Daniel, help Biblioasis launch her book, and introduce her to our friends here in Windsor-Essex. She's not just a brilliant author, but a wonderfully engaging, down-to-earth person.

More announcements, including the big reveal of our August author in residence, are coming soon.