Angie Abdou of Fernie is no stranger to literary competitions.
The author, who teaches at College of the Rockies in Fernie, was the winner of the first One Book, One Kootenay literary award in 2009 for her book Anything Boys Can Do, was a contestant in Canada Reads 2011 for her novel The Bone Cage, and a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book of the Year 2011 for her latest work The Canterbury Trail.
Abdou will be speaking as part of the annual Kootenay Literary Competition Gala to honour local writers on March 14 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson.
The competition has grown this year to have more entries from the entire Kootenay region in the areas of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for adult and youth writers, and a special category for younger entries. The winners receive cash prizes and publication in the Kootenay Literary Competition annual anthology, this year entitled Refuge.
Tickets for the gala are available at the door, with a suggested donation of $5. The 2014 anthology Refuge, will be available at the event for $7.
Questions about the competition can be emailed through the website (kootenaylitcomp.com), or directed to Morty Mint at 250-352-7844.