Author in Residence

Calgary Public Library is pleased to announce award-winning journalist and non-fiction author, Marcello Di Cintio, as our 2018 Author in Residence. Marcello’s residency runs from September 4 to November 30, 2018.

Marcello is a native Calgarian who graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a BA and BSc. After graduating, Marcello traveled to western and northern Africa, which inspired his first book, Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa. This book won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book.

In December 1999, Marcello traveled to Jerusalem to watch the new millennium arrive and wandered throughout Israel and Egypt before returning to Calgary to begin a career as a freelance writer. Since then, he has published articles in numerous magazines and literary journals including Afar, The Walrus, EnRoute, Geist, Swerve, and Reader’s Digest Canada.

In 2003 Marcello travelled to Iran seeking the connection between Persian poets and traditional wrestlers. This trip, and a subsequent return to the country the following year, yielded the stories that make up his travel memoir Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran, which won the Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Best Nonfiction and was nominated for the Edna Staebler Award.

In 2012 Marcello published Walls; Travels Along the Barricades. For this book, he visited walls and fences in Algeria, Morocco, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, Israel, Palestine, India, Cyprus, Montreal, Belfast, and along the U.S.-Mexico border. Walls won the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, among a few other awards, and has been published in Canada (both in English and French), the U.S., the U.K., and Bulgaria.

His most recent book, Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, was published in Canada and the U.K. in the spring of 2018, and will be published in the U.S. in the fall.

Marcello lives in Calgary with his wife and seven-year-old son, Amedeo.

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 over 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. The Author in Residence 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 runs from September to November.