Arts & Culture

Author in Residence

Connecting readers and writers.

The Author in Residence program has been offered at the Library for over 30 years. Through this program, we have hosted many exceptional authors who continue to contribute to Calgary's strong literary community.

During their residency, these authors champion the joy of reading and help patrons appreciate the craft of writing. They deliver programs and review manuscripts, providing advice to both beginner and established writers.

The Author in Residence is available from September to November.

Jaspreet Singh

Meet Jaspreet Singh

2019 Author in Residence

Jaspreet Singh is an award-winning writer whose books include two novels Helium and Chef, a short story collection, Seventeen Tomatoes, and a collection of poems, November. His essays have appeared in Granta, Brick: a literary journal, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Arabic, Spanish and Punjabi. Jaspreet was born in India and moved to Canada in 1990. He currently lives in Calgary.

A mentor for the community

The Author in Residence is happy to meet with anyone who has questions about writing, reading, publishing, and the life of an author.

If you have a specific manuscript you would like reviewed, please email air@calgarylibrary.ca with your full name, contact information, and Library card number. Manuscripts are only accepted during an active Author in Residence term and should be no more than 10 pages, single-sided, double-spaced in 12-point type or larger. For electronic files, please use .doc or .pdf.

The Author in Residence is able to provide feedback to both budding and established writers, on whatever editorial aspect is most helpful to you.

Book an appointment in advance by calling 403.260.2713 or emailing air@calgarylibrary.ca, beginning August 2019.

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