WRITING FROM EXPERIENCE
A reading with Canadian novelist, essayist, editor, professor and cultural commentator Aritha Van Herk and Canadian memoir author Lynette Loeppky.
In her work, Aritha tells more than just Alberta stories; she also gives voice to women’s stories and perspectives. Both a nationally and internationally awarded author, in 2018 she received the Order of Canada, in 2017 she was celebrated as one of Canada’s 150 women, “She Who Dares”. A mainstay of Calgary, Alberta and Canada’s literary scene, she has written seminal works of fiction, non-fiction and criticism, garnering national recognition, all the while honouring the stories of her native soil. Join us as Aritha shares some of her audacious work here in Summerland.
Lynette Loeppky was born and raised on the Manitoba prairie by Mennonite parents. She began writing after receiving a BA in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Calgary. Lynette studied creative writing under Aritha van Herk and Robert Majzels and was mentored through the writing of Cease by Merilyn Simonds. She now lives in Calgary with her dogs, Noddy and Charlie, who do an excellent job of getting her away from her computer and out into the elements on a daily basis. Cease is her first book.