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Writer-in-Residence

We are pleased to announce Camilla Gibb as the 2018 Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence.

Photo: Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb

When Camilla's debut novel Mouthing the Words was published in 1999, it drew comparisons to the work of Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, and Sylvia Plath, and won the City of Toronto Book Award. Camilla's third novel, Sweetness in the Belly, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2005, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and won the Trillium Award. Other novels include The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life and The Beauty of Humanity Movement. Her memoir This Is Happy was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize and was selected as a best book of the year by the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the CBC, and Quill and Quire magazine.

Camilla has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford University and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. She teaches in creative writing programs at the University of Guelph-Humber, the University of Toronto and the Humber School for Writers, and is the June Callwood Professor in Social Justice at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

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About the Writer in Residence Program

Established in 1996 by acclaimed author and library advocate Edna Staebler, the Writer-in-Residence program is intended to provide local writers with the expertise needed to develop their craft, as well as encouragement to "keep at it".

Thanks to Edna Staebler's generous financial endowment, we are able to invite Canadian authors of significance to participate in the program. Each author provides a series of workshops at our libraries that are open to the public. During the program, local writers are invited to apply to have their work reviewed by the Writer-in-Residence.

Past Writers-in-Residence at KPL have included:

  • Kelley Armstrong
  • Joy Fielding
  • Kenneth Oppel
  • Nino Ricci
  • Trevor Cole 
  • Elizabeth Ruth    
  • Robert J. Sawyer
  • Wayson Choy     
  • Lyn Hamilton
  • Andrew Pyper
  • Kathy Stinson    
  • John B. Lee
  • Welwyn Wilton Katz
  • Betty Jane Wylie
  • Jack Batten
  • Veronica Ross
  • Janet Lund