Giller Prize winner André Alexis to visit the Woodbridge Farm in August

Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, Alexis is perhaps best known for his Giller-winning novel Fifteen Dogs.

Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, Alexis is perhaps best known for his Giller-winning novel Fifteen Dogs.

Last year, after founding the Woodbridge Farm Writers' Retreat, I sat down to write my invitation wish list. Diane Schoemperlen, who we're hosting in June, was near the very top. So was the great André Alexis, perhaps best known for his bestselling 2015 novel Fifteen Dogs — currently in the running for this year's Canada Reads title. Well, luck struck twice. Today I'm very excited to announce that André, winner of Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Rogers' Writers Trust Fiction Prize, accepted our invitation: he'll be joining the Woodbridge Farm as our August 2017 author-in-residence. More on André can be found at our retreat page.

We're thrilled to host him.

But now here's the best part. In addition to staying and writing in Kingsville, André has generously offered to teach a class on experimental fiction writing. This incredible opportunity for writers of all levels will take place on Saturday, August 26th. If that wasn't enough, he's also agreed to headlining a free outdoor reading at the Woodbridge Farm with Windsor-Essex authors Andre Narbonne (Twelve Miles to Midnight) and Dorothy Mahoney (Off-Leash) the very next day, on Sunday, August 27th at 3 p.m. Details about the reading will be announced shortly on our events page. If you're interested in taking André's class, be sure to contact me at woodbridgeretreat@gmail.com to inquire about reserving a spot. Please note that space is very limited; we're capping it at fifteen students.

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We're grateful to André, first and foremost — but huge thanks also to goes out to our tremendous supporters in the local media, especially veteran reporter and best-selling author Craig Pearson, who interviewed us on a forthcoming article about André's upcoming stay and our retreat for The Windsor Star (due out soon, from what I gather); the amazing Bob Steele, host of CBC Windsor's Afternoon Drive, who's having me on the air later today (tune into 91.9 FM this afternoon); and Kingsville's mayor and Reporter editor Nelson Santos, whose contributions to our town are too many to number. A big thanks also to all the staff at André amazing Toronto-based publisher, Coach House Books, especially publisher-editor Alana Wilcox and publicist extraordinaire Jessica Rattray.

With both of our 2017 summer authors-in-residence now announced, it's time for another tantalizing teaser: we plan on unveiling an exciting new project soon. It's a biggie. Stay tuned.