South Shore Public Libraries is pleased to announce Chris Benjamin as our 2019/20 Writer in Residence. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Chris Benjamin is an author, editor and freelance journalist specializing in environment, social justice, and arts & culture.  His latest book is Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School[1]. Released in August 2014, it won the Dave Greber Freelance Book Prize [2] before being published. Benjamin’s previous book, Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada[ 3], won the 2012 Best Atlantic-Published Book Award [4] and was a finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize [5]. A series of short video documentaries [6] has been made based on the book. Chris’ novel, Drive-by Saviours [7], won the H.R. Percy Prize, was longlisted for a ReLit Prize [8] and made the Canada Reads Top Essential Books List. [9] Chris has written for a long list of magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States.
 
The residency at South Shore Public Libraries is designed to champion the joy of reading and connect readers and writers. Chris will deliver programs and acts as a mentor to writers in our community, reviewing manuscripts, and providing constructive criticism and advice during individual consultations. 

The aim of the residency is to foster greater public appreciation for Canadian writing; to provide our area’s writers with opportunities to interact with and learn from the resident writer; and to provide the space, time and resources for Chris to write.

Chris Benjamin will facilitate public programs and provide advice to emerging writers through one-to-one consultations, group workshops and outreach. 

Beginning in April Chris will be located at the Lunenburg Library each Thursday.
 
You can reach him at: cbenjamin@southshorepubliclibraries.ca 
Links:
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[1] http://www.nimbus.ca/Indian-School-Road-P6856.aspx
[2] http://www.greberwritingaward.com/writing.htm#2013book
[3] http://www.nimbus.ca/Eco-InnovatorsSustainability-in-Atlantic-Canada-P45.aspx
[4] http://atlanticpublishers.ca/articles/entry/2012-atlantic-book-award-winners-announced/
[5] http://writers.ns.ca/blog/wfns-literary-awards-2012-shortlists.html
[6] http://www.ecoinnovators.org/
[7] http://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/drive-by-saviours
[8] http://therelitawards.blogspot.ca/2011/08/2011-relit-longlists.html
[9] http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/2010/10/the-verdict-is-in-the-top-40-revealed-and-your-chance-to-choose-the-canada-reads-top-10.html

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts