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Patrick Lane Launches New Collection

Posted: October 8, 2010

Join award-winning writer Patrick Lane for a book launch for his newest collection of poetry, Witness: Selected Poems 1962-2010 (Harbour, $16.95). Lane will be reading with Governor General’s Award-winning Pamela Porter, who is also launching her latest volume of poetry, Cathedral (Ronsdale, $15.95). The event is hosted by Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series and will take place at the Black Stilt Coffee House, 1633 Hillside Avenue in Victoria, on Friday, October 22 at 7:30pm.

Patrick Lane is one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, winner of numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and three National Magazine Awards. His distinguished career spans half a century and twenty-five volumes of poetry as well as award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction. Witness covers the breadth of Lane’s career, not only gathering up the finest of his previously published work, but showcasing some of his best new poems, written at the height of his career.

Patrick Lane was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC and grew up in the Okanagan region of the BC interior. He has worked at a variety of jobs, from labourer to industrial accountant, but much of his life has been spent as a writer and teacher; not only has he produced thirty books to date, but he has been a writer-in-residence at Concordia University, the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. He has also taught creative writing at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Victoria. His poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized and have been translated into many languages. His memoir, There is a Season, was nominated for numerous national prizes and won the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction in 2005. His debut novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Lane now makes his home near Victoria, BC, with his companion, the poet Lorna Crozier.

Pamela Porter is the author of the multiple award-winning novel The Crazy Man, and two previous volumes of poetry: Stones Call Out, and The Intelligence of Animals. Pamela Porter is now a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria and lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, children and a menagerie of rescued animals.

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