Author in Residence

Author in Residence 2017

As Calgary Public Library celebrates the 30th year of our Author in Residence program, we’re pleased to welcome award-winning fiction, non-fiction and poetry writer, Bruce Hunter as our 2017 Author in Residence.


Programs and Workshops

From September 11 to November 24, 2017, the Library’s Author in Residence program with Bruce Hunter will offer public programs and readings, and individual manuscript consultations at Central Library.

Advice From An Author

Calling all writers! Whether you’re looking for feedback on a manuscript or want to learn more about writing, reading, publishing, or the life of an author, our 2017 Author in Residence is here to help.

Book an appointment with Bruce Hunter by emailing For more information on one-on-one consultations, please read our FAQs.

About Bruce Hunter


Bruce Hunter is the author of the award-winning novel In the Bear’s House (2009); five books of poetry, including Two O’Clock Creek (2010) which won the Acorn-Plantos Peoples’ Poetry Award given to a volume of poetry that is accessible to all people in its use of language and imagery; and a collection of short stories, Country Music Country (1996) which was broadcast on CBC Radio. His poems, short stories, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in over seventy publications, and his work has been translated into Italian, Mandarin and Romanian.

Bruce Hunter
Photo: Lisa Stein

For the past 24 years, Bruce has taught English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College as well as stints teaching creative writing at the Banff Centre and York University. He has served as Writer in Residence at both the Banff Centre and Richmond Hill Public Library.

Now retired from teaching Bruce writes full time in addition to hosting workshops on creativity and disability. Bruce is renowned in the Canadian literary community for his generosity and support of emerging and established authors.

About the Author in Residence Program

Calgary Public Library, with financial assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, has offered the Author in Residence program for 30 years. Through this distinguished program, the Library has hosted many exceptional authors who have contributed to a strong and active literary community.

The residency is designed to champion the joy of reading, foster an understanding of the craft of writing and connect readers and writers. The Author in Residence delivers programs and acts a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing constructive criticism and advice during individual consultations. S/he offers encouragement and a critical eye to beginning writers seeking to find their own literary voice as well as to established writers who desire a professional appraisal of their work.

The program is hosted at the Central Library, in the heart of the city’s cultural district. The program runs from September to November.

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