Friday, September 29, 2006

reading at the Cobourg Public Library - Paul Quarrington

October 13th - 7:00 p.m. tickets: $10.00

Paul Quarrington is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Quarrington has been nominated three times for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, which he won in 1987 for his hockey novel King Leary. In 1986, Quarrington was included on the Canadian Book Information Centre’s list of ten best writers under the age of forty-five, "45Below." In 1990, Quarrington received the Governor General’s Award for Whale Music. Other novels include Home Game, The Life of Hope, Logan In Overtime and Civilization, about the early days of filmmaking in Hollywoodland, California. His novel about magicians in LasVegas, The Spirit Cabinet, came out in the spring of ‘99.

Non-fiction includes Hometown Heroes: In the Road With Canada’s Olympic Hockey Team and Fishing With My Old Guy. His latest book is The Boy on the Back of the Turtle, which is about a trip (undertaken with his daughter and father) to the Galapagos Islands.

Quarrington’s screenplay for "Perfectly Normal" (co-written with Eugene Lipinski) won a Genie in 1992. Other film productions include the adaptation of his novel Whale Music (written with director Richard J. Lewis) and "Camilla", starring the late Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda.

His work for the stage include the plays "The Second", "The Invention of Poetry", "Dying Is Easy", and two musical pieces for young audiences, "So You Think You’re Mozart" and "Heavenfields." A one-act play "Checkout Time" was one of the hits of the 1997 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Quarrington has written for the television programmes "Due South", "John Woo’s Once a Thief" and the hockey drama/comedy "Power Play."

He was a resident at the Canadian Film Centre, 1991-92, and directed the renowned clowns Mump and Smoot in their cinematic debut, "The Princess Who Would Not Smile." He attended the workshop"Interactive Screen," at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

In 1991, Quarrington was Writer-in-Library in the city of Orillia, working with local writers one-on-one. He has also taught at the Humber College School of Creative Writing, both for their Summer Programme andCorrespondence Course.

Quarrington has sat for four terms on the Board of Directors of PEN Canada, and has served a term as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada.


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