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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.

Ali Bryan

2021 Author in Residence

Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative non-fiction writer. Her first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia. Her second novel, The Figgs, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and has been optioned for TV by Sony Pictures. Her debut YA novel, The Hill, was released in March 2021, was longlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and was a contender for Airdrie Reads.

Recommended reads from the 2021 Author in Residence

They say that in order to become a great writer, you must also be an avid reader. Ali Bryan agrees. Browse her recommendations for reading across genres, interests, and styles.

Want to gain insight into Ali's own creative process? These works inspire her writing and helped her grow her writing practice.