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Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence public reading Tuesday, March 26

Mar 26/13

Wilfrid Laurier Universityís Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence Andrew Westoll will host a public reading of his book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery, March 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Hawk's Nest, Fred Nichols' Campus Centre, on Laurier's Waterloo campus.

About Andrew Westoll
Westoll is a primatologist and an award-winning narrative journalist. He is the author of The Riverbones and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary won the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize, one of Canadaís most prestigious non-fiction book prizes. The book was shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and named a book of the year by The Globe and Mail, Amazon.ca, Quill & Quire and CTVís Canada AM.

Westoll holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He is a Gold National Magazine Award winner and his feature writing appears in The Walrus, Utne Reader, explore, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail and The Guardian, among others. His work has also been anthologized in Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction. Westoll currently resides in Toronto.

Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence Activities
As part of his residency from January to April, 2013, Westoll will be devoted to writing projects and community programs and projects at Laurier, including: reading manuscripts and consulting with students and the public, visiting classrooms, giving readings and lectures, and leading workshops.†


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