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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:12

Martel and Kuipers Launch Write Out Loud’s anniversary season

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Award-winning authors Yann Martel and Alice Kuipers will share the Lyric Theatre stage at the first Write Out Loud of the 2016-2017 season on Wednesday, Sept. 21.


 Yann Martel’s latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, released in February 2016, made the New York Times Bestseller List within a month. The book follows three characters in Portugal who cope with love and loss, each in their own way.
Martel is, of course, renowned for having written The Life of Pi, a book that sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and was made into an Academy Award winning movie. “It was like winning the lottery,” said Martel. He’s been awarded numerous literary prizes for his work that includes short stories, other novels Self and Beatrice and Virgil, and his “educational” effort, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.
 Alice Kuipers authors mostly young adult fiction and children’s books and is highly sought after as a lecturer and workshop leader. Her debut young adult novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, won several awards, has been sold in 28 countries, and has been adapted for theatre. Her award-winning work includes The Worst Thing She Ever Did, 40 Things I Want to Tell You, and The Death of Us. Her most recent children’s book (2016) is Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairytale. Kuipers has also written an interactive ebook and, in 2010, collaborated to create the first Writing Tips app for iPhone.
 Yann and Alice live in Saskatoon with their four young children.
 Write Out Loud celebrates 30 years of author readings and literary cafes this season with an exciting lineup of prairie authors. This September presentation by Yann Martel and Alice Kuipers is the first of seven interesting and informative evenings scheduled from now until next May.
 Write Out Loud commences September 21 at Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre.
Admission is $8. Doors open at 6:30, popular local musicians Paula McGuigan and Eliza Doyle will entertain at 7 p.m., and the featured authors will follow.

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