An Evening with Lorna Crozier and M.A.C. Farrant
LORNA CROZIER is the author of the memoir Through the Garden, which was named a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book and a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. She has published eighteen books of poetry, including God of Shadows, What the Soul Doesn’t Want, The Wrong Cat, Small Mechanics, The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems, and Whetstone. She is also the author of the memoir Small Beneath the Sky, which won the Hubert Evans Award for Creative Nonfiction. She won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for Inventing the Hawk and three additional collections were finalists for this award. She has received the Canadian Authors Association Award, three Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Raymond Souster Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She was awarded the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria and an Officer of the Order of Canada, and she has received five honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature. Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, she now lives in British Columbia.
M.A.C. Farrant is the author of eighteen works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, prose poems, two plays, and over one hundred book reviews and essays for the Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Globe & Mail. Her novel, The Strange Truth About Us – A Novel of Absence, (Talon) was cited as a Best Fiction Book of 2012 by the Globe & Mail. The World Afloat (2014, Talon), the first in a trilogy of miniature fiction and prose poems, won the Victoria Book Prize. One Good Thing—a living memoir, published by Talon Books in 2021, was a BC Bestseller. In 2024 Talon Books will bring out the 20th Anniversary Edition of her memoir, My Turquoise years. Farrant’s work has been nominated for or won many awards including, The Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Van City Book Prize, the National Magazine Awards, the ReLit Award, the Gemini Awards for the Bravo short film adaptation of her story, Rob’s Guns & Ammo, the Victoria Book Prize (three times), and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for her play My Turquoise Years, among others. “Farrant’s work is infused with iconoclastic innovation.” (Globe & Mail). Bill Richardson has called her “the most accomplished miniaturist in Canadian letters, a master of the Zen-like art of delivering weight in a way that is feather light”. BC Bookworld has called her “Canada’s most acerbic and intelligent humourist.”
7 p.m. Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, B.C.
Tickets $12 are available online and at Tanner’s Books. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the 2025 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival.