Open Word: Readings and Ideas - Guy Vanderhaeghe and Sylvia Legris



WRITERS: Guy Vanderhaeghe and Sylvia Legris
OPEN SPACE READING: Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
UVIC READING - GUY VANDERHAEGHE: Tuesday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. Clearihue Building, D131
UVIC READING - SYLVIA LEGRIS: Monday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. Fine Arts building, Rm 203
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

Novelist Guy Vanderhaeghe, 3 time winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and poet Sylvia Legris, winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize, will read from recent work on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The readings will be followed by an informal Q & A. 

Guy Vanderhaeghe will conduct a master class The Short Story – Writing Fiction with a Punch on Monday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the University of Victoria Legacy Gallery (630 Yates Street). For more information on the Master Classes and the purchase a ticket visit: Space is limited.

Sylvia Legris will conduct a master class The Poem as Research—Write What You Don’t Know on Tuesday, February 16 at 12:30 the University of Victoria Legacy Gallery (630 Yates Street). For more information and to purchase a ticket visit: Space is limited. 


Praise for Guy Vanderhaeghe's Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

“Guy Vanderhaeghe’s Daddy Lenin and Other Stories is the work of an assured writer who needs no pyrotechnics to keep us reading. Each story is superbly crafted, razor-sharp, wickedly funny. The reader is carried along in the hands of a master, a seasoned professional at the top of his game.”
– Jury Citation, Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2015 


“In Daddy Lenin, master storyteller Guy Vanderhaeghe strips away the layers to reveal deeper, and sometimes darker truths about our ways, and our world. Brilliant and breathtaking.” 

—Terry Fallis


Praise for Sylvia Legris

“Sylvia Legris’ high-octane poems are powered by ‘atmospheric overload’. Her eye is that of the twenty-first century—zooming from satellite to microscope— but her focus and coherence are increasingly rare in this age. In her hands, language refracts in ways which break open etymology to bring us more sense rather than less. Legris’ poems build like chords from sub- to super-sonic and, even at their most rapid and heightened point, sustain the force of poetic enquiry. There is always, as she says, ‘something on your hook, you feel it’.” 

– Jury Citation, The Griffin Prize 


Biography: Guy Vanderhaeghe


Guy Vanderhaeghe won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction three times: for his short story collections Daddy Lenin and Other Stories (M&S, 2015) and Man Descending (Macmillan, 1982), and for his novel The Englishman’s Boy (M&S, 1996). His other fiction includes A Good Man (M&S, 2011), The Last Crossing (M&S, 2002), winner in 2004 of CBC’s Canada Reads, Things as They Are (M&S, 1992), and Homesick (M&S, 1989), among others. For his body of work, he was awarded The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Fellowship, the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Literary Prize. In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Saskatoon. 


Biography: Sylvia Legris

Sylvia Legris’ next book, The Hideous Hidden, is forthcoming in 2016 with New Directions in the US. In 2013 New Directions published her collection Pneumatic Antiphonal as part of their newly revised Poetry Pamphlet Series. Her third book, Nerve
(Coach House), won both the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2006 Pat Lowther Award. Her writing has appeared widely in journals and magazines, among them The New Yorker, Poetry, The Capilano Review, and Conjunctions. She is the 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Saskatchewan Artist Award and the 2012 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding artistic achievement by a mid-career writer.





Project sponsors: The University of Victoria Department of Writing, The University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery

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