NICOLA LAGIOIA- Guest Speaker
Nicola Lagioia’s Ferocity won the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award. A cinematic, suspenseful novel set in Southern Italy in the 1980’s, Ferocity has been described as a combination of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom; as filtered through the Mediterranean vision of Elena Ferrante. Nicola Lagioia was born in Bari and lives in Rome. His novel Ferocity won the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award; his books have also won the Volponi, Straniero and Viareggio literary awards, and in 2010 he was named one of Italy’s best writers under 40. The author of three novels and one collection of short stories, Lagioia is a contributor to Italy’s most prominent culture pages and a regular host of Pagina3, Italian national radio’s book and culture program. For many years, Lagioia has also worked as an editor at the Italian publisher Minimum Fax.
DENISE CLARKE- Moderator
Denise began working with One Yellow Rabbit in 1983 and became Associate Artist and a permanent member of the Ensemble in 1986. In 1997, Denise created the Summer Lab Intensive and as Director continues to welcome a broad range of established and emerging artists from all over the world. She continues to teach, provide master classes, and lecture across Canada and abroad.
On December 30th, 2013, Denise was appointed as a Member to the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours. Prior to this appointment, she was also recognized by the University of Calgary with an Honourary Doctorate from the Faculty of Arts.