The Museum at Campbell River invites the community to an ‘Afternoon with Haig-Brown Writer In Residence David Carpenter’, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 1-2:30 p.m.
The author will read from a selection of his works, talk about his life as a writer and open up the floor to questions.
Carpenter is the first writer to ever repeat the residency, having participated nine years ago, and he looks forward to engaging with the local community. He is planning to hold readings in and around the community, book club discussions, workshops at the Museum as well as participation in the writer’s festival, Words on the Water. He will also be on hand to assist local writers offering one on one consultations.
Despite this busy schedule, he also intends to find time to write, and will work on his latest book, The Gold, that examines the life of an Englishman searching for gold in the Northwest Territories in the 1930s. His expectations of the Residency are based on the excellent experience he had the first time round, when he finished two books (A Hunter’s Confession and Niceman Cometh).
“The amount of work I managed to complete at the Haig-Brown House,” he notes, “was staggering.”
Carpenter says that he has always had an interest in nature writing and “in Roderick Haig-Brown’s work in particular.” He wrote a homage to Haig-Brown for the magazine Outdoor Canada and confesses to “having fallen under the spell of the master himself.”
Before becoming a full time writer in the 1990s, Carpenter taught English Literature at the University of Saskatchewan, and earned a PhD at the University of Alberta. He continues to teach creative writing at the Banff Centre. He has had 12 books of fiction and non-fiction published; five of which have one awards. Carpenter’s books will be available for purchase at this event.
The Haig-Brown Writer in Residence Program is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and has been a program of the Museum for over 10 years. The cost for the event is $7.00. Call 250-287-3103 to reserve a seat.