An Evening with Tanya Christenson and Matt Rader at the Nelson Public Library
Join the BC and Yukon Book Prizes and the Nelson Public Library on Wednesday, June 15th at 7pm for an in-person evening with the finalists of the 2022 BC and Yukon Book Prizes.
Tanya Christenson (author of A Soft Place to Fall) and Matt Rader (author of Ghosthawk) will be reading from their shortlisted books. They will also answer audience questions and Notably Books will be onsite to sell copies of their books
This event will be recorded to be made available to the public following the in-person event.
Nelson Public Library is located at 602 Stanley Street.
Funding for the this event is thanks to Heritage Canada, Creative BC, the Government of BC and the Canada Council for the Arts. The BC and Yukon Book Prizes is also grateful for the support of community partners like the Nelson Public Library and Notably Books.
About the authors
Tanya Christenson is currently a Vice Principal but spent most of her career as a teacher and elementary school counsellor. Writing is a passion, which she squeezes into her busy days whenever possible.
Returning to her hometown of Creston BC after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre (1993) and a Bachelor of Education (1996) from the University of Victoria, Tanya has spent nineteen years teaching alternate education, grade 7, kindergarten, and special education. She also completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2013 and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
Tanya is a mom and stepmom to five children and loves being Nanny to three grandchildren. She and her husband enjoy life in their home on the mountain with two yellow labs and many chickens. When she is not working or writing, she loves walking her dogs on the mountain trails, camping, travelling, and spending time with her family, especially around a bonfire.
A Soft Place to Fall is her debut novel, and is a finalist for the 2022 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize.
Matt Rader is an award-winning author of four volumes of poetry and a collection of stories, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This (Nightwood Editions, 2014). His work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, Geist, The Walrus, Wales Arts Review, The Fiddlehead and The Malahat Review. Rader is a core member of the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan where he lectures in creative writing. He lives in Kelowna, BC. His book Ghosthawk is a finalist for the 2022 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.