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News Release: Award-winning screenwriter and author Gabrielle Prendergast named VPL's 2014 Writer in Residence

NEWS RELEASE

Aug. 12, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Acclaimed screen writer, children’s and young adult author and poet, Gabrielle Prendergast has been named Vancouver Public Library’s tenth writer in residence.

Prendergast, the author five highly praised novels – Hildegarde (2002); Wicket Season (2012), Audacious (2013), Capricious (2014) and the soon to be released Frail Days (2015), began her residency this week by sharing her vast experience and inspiring young writers at the VPL’s annual Writing & Book Camp.

During her four-month tenure, Prendergast will spend 25 percent of her time mentoring emerging writers, appearing at library and community events and conducting workshops that encourage participants to explore incorporating more cultural diversity into their stories and writing verse novels for young adults. Her remaining time will be focused on working on her own projects, including a new novel, The Boy Who Fell to Earth, inspired by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

“I am really looking forward to being part of VPL’s writer in residence program,” says the Vancouver-based author. “I’m an enthusiastic supporter of combining writing with outreach to readers and other writers.”

Recently selected to participate in the 2014 Poetry in Transit program, Gabrielle Prendergast is also the writer and associate producer of the award-winning film Hildegarde, which won the Tokyo Children’s Film Festivals Grand Prize in 2003. Her novel Audacious received rave reviews, appearing on both the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books and the Westchester Fiction Award Winners list in 2014.

Emerging writers who would like a one-on-one consultation with this year’s writer in residence must apply to be considered. Information is available at bit.ly/vplwriter2014.

Gabrielle Prendergast’s inaugural public reading as the 2014 VPL Writer in Residence is on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the central library’s Alice MacKay room. Admission is free.

The 2014 writer in residence program is made possible with financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library.

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