Pop­u­lar mys­tery writer Gail Bowen re­turns to Write Out Loud

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - CITY NEWS - Con­tributed

Gail Bowen’s best-known works are the Joanne Kil­bourn se­ries of mys­tery nov­els, all of which are set in Saskatchew­an. Th­ese books have re­ceived na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for their re­al­is­tic hero­ine and ex­am­i­na­tion of con­tem­po­rary so­cial is­sues. Six books in the se­ries were suc­cess­fully adapted for an in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence.

A Dark­ness of the Heart, pub­lished Au­gust 2018, is the eigh­teenth book in Bowen’s Joanne Kil­bourn mys­tery se­ries.

Among her many writ­ing awards are a life­time achieve­ment award from the Crime Writ­ers of Canada and the Dis­tin­guished Cana­dian Award from the Uni­ver­sity of Regina and the Life­long Learn­ing Cen­tre.

She’s also a play­wright, spe­cial­iz­ing in chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture.

In 2018, she was awarded the Saskatchew­an Order of Merit and the Grand Master Award of Crime Writ­ers of Canada.

Bowen has been a writer in res­i­dence at li­braries in Regina, Cal­gary and Toronto, and has pre­sented cour­ses at nu­mer­ous writ­ers’ fes­ti­vals and re­treats across Canada.

In ad­di­tion, she taught lit­er­a­ture in the English De­part­ment of the First Na­tions Uni­ver­sity of Canada for 22 years, serv­ing six years as de­part­ment head. Write Out Loud or­ga­niz­ers are ex­cited about this sea­son’s di­verse lineup of writ­ers.

This dy­namic and en­ter­tain­ing evening with Bowen is the first of seven lit­er­ary pre­sen­ta­tions sched­uled from now un­til next spring.

WOL ap­pre­ci­ates sup­port from the Saskatchew­an Writ­ers’ Guild for Ms. Bowen’s visit to Swift Cur­rent. Write Out Loud com­mences Septem­ber 18 at Swift Cur­rent’s Lyric Theatre. Ad­mis­sion is $8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lo­cal fa­ther/daugh­ter duo, Tanja and Wes Wicks, will en­ter­tain at 7 p.m. and the featured au­thor will fol­low.

GAIL BOWEN

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