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Trevor Cole, Writer in Residence, 2018
Trevor Cole has won international acclaim for his fiction and journalism. He first two novels - Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life (2004), and The Fearsome Particles (2006) - were both short-listed for the Governor-General's Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, Practical Jean, published in Canada, the US, Germany and France, won the 2011 Leacock Medal for Humour and was short-listed for the Writer's Trust Fiction Prize. In 2013 Cole won the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding artistic achievement as a writer in mid-career. His fourth novel, Hope Makes Love, has been called "rewarding," "riveting," "powerful" and "brilliant." In 2015 he adapted his first novel for the stage, and in 2017, HarperCollins published his fifth book, The Whisky King, which The Globe and Mail called "a superb work of historical non-fiction." It is shortlisted for the 2017 Speaker's Book Award.
Trevor Cole will accept manuscripts for review.


All events are free, but space is limited. Please register for each event you would like to attend.

  • Monday, January 8: Welcome Session
  • Monday, January 22: Researching History
  • Monday, February 5: From Seed to Story
  • Wednesday, February 21: Making a Scene
  • Monday, March 5: Say What?
  • Monday, March 19: What's the Point (of View)?
  • Monday, April 9: Introduction to Scrivener
  • Monday, April 23: Farewell Session

Author Trevor Cole will critique manuscripts and meet with aspiring writers. To book an appointment, please email author@rhpl.ca. The Library will accept manuscripts beginning January 2, 2018. Please submit manuscripts using these guidelines.
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