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Douglas Coupland coming to Yellowknife
Canadian novelist spills beans about Northwords writers festival on website

Nicole Garbutt
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Two-time Giller Prize-nominated Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland is booked to speak at the eighth annual NorthWords Writers Festival this coming spring.

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Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X: Tales for and Accelerated Culture and JPod will be coming to Yellowknife next spring to attend the 2013 Northwords Writers Festival. - photo courtesy of

Annelies Pool, executive director of the festival, said Northwords is not planning to release any of the line up until after Christmas because the roster of visiting authors is still coming together for the festival, which is scheduled from May 30 to June 2. However, she confirmed Coupland will be attending the event when contacted by Yellowknifer.

Coupland's website features an upcoming events and appearances page, which states he will be attending the "NWT Literacy Festival" after a trip to the Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino, earlier in May in Turin, Italy.

After Yellowknife, Coupland is scheduled to fly to Reykjavėk for Iceland's International Literacy Festival in September.

Along with Coupland's post about his trip to Yellowknife is one of local photographer Dave Brosha's images of the aurora borealis.

Coupland was born in West Germany on a Royal Canadian Air Force Base, and moved to Vancouver with his family at an early age.

Well known as a visual artists, he graduated from Emily Carr University in 1984 and moved to Japan to further his education.

His first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, was published in 1991.

He has since written numerous works, including popular novels such as Microserfs and Jpod. Coupland has been nominated for a Giller Prize award twice as well as the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

Northwords will be releasing more of the 2013 lineup later this year.

The organization will also be hosting its annual general meeting on Nov. 17 along with the official launch of the organization's first anthology of Northern writing, titled Coming Home, on Nov. 16 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre at 7 p.m.

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