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UPEI Writer in Residence Michael Crummey to read at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery

January 10, 2012

(Charlottetown, PE, January 10, 2012) - Confederation Centre Art Gallery in partnership with the UPEI English Department will co-host Michael Crummey, for a public reading in the Gallery on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow. "This reading is part of the PEI Writers' Guild Winter's Tales Authors' Reading Series taking place January 22-February 4," says Kevin Rice, Art Gallery Director, "and we are pleased to partner with UPEI to present such a distinguished author in the midst of our art exhibitions."

Newfoundland novelist and poet Michael Crummey has published five books of poetry, one short story collection, and the book Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation (with photographer Greg Locke). Crummey's writing often draws on the history and landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Crummey's debut novel, River Thieves (2001) became a Canadian bestseller, winning the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing, and the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award. Since first winning Memorial University's Gregory J. Power Poetry Contest in 1986, Crummey has continued to receive accolades for his poetry and prose.

Responding to Beth Carswell's question about the title of his newest book, Galore, Michael Crummey states, "I chose the title for several reasons. First, as I was writing, I found the narrative had a real sense of expansiveness to it, which seemed fitting. And it has the word 'lore' built right in, which as I mentioned, was one of the biggest themes of the book for me - the stories, the myth, the folk. Galore is also one of the few Irish-Gaelic words to make it into regular usage in the English language, which reflects so much of the Newfoundland community." (

For more information about this event contact the art gallery by email or by calling 902-628-6111.


Media contact:
Tracy Stretch, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
902-628-6135 | 902-314-5966 |