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16TuesdayApril92013ArtsCultureLiteratureDouglasCouplandtoheadline2013NorthWordsFestivalaimstopromoteriseofGenerationNorthinliteraryworldNorthWords2013LineupRenelttaArlukJamieBastedoMyrandaBolstadGilesBluntDouglasCouplandGailCyrVickiDelanyBatisteFoisyBarbaraFradkinJanuaryGoPatti-KayHamiltonColinHendersonFranHurcombStephanieIrlbacher-FoxMarcusJacksonCathyJewisonAlliceLegatCaraLoverockHeatherMacLeodDavidMalcolmKeavyMartinJudyMcClintonSylviaOlsenAnneliesPoolPatrickScottRichardVanCampMindyWillettDouglasCouplandistheauthorofnearly20booksincludingthebestsellingnovelGenerationX.LookingforacareeroutoftheordinaryWecanhelpwiththatAuroraCampusInuvikThebachaCampusFortSmithYellowknifeNorthSlaveCampuswww.auroracollege.nt.caDoyoudreamofacareerworkingonthelandWeretryingtobuildaNorthernliterarycultureanditsoneofthereasonswehaveourthemeforthisyearsfestivalasGenerationNorth...WereallyreallybelievethattheNorthandtheNWTisstartingtocomeofageasaliteraryculture.AnneliesPoolNorthWordsexecutivedirectorByMEAGANWOHLBERGCanadasfavouriteGen-erationX-erwillbehead-liningtheNorthsforemostliteraryfestivalthisspringinYellowknife.DouglasCouplandwhosehyper-contemporarytakesonmodernsocietytech-nologyandhumanrelation-shipsinlandmarkbookslikeGenerationXMicroserfsandLifeAfterGodmadehimaniconinthe90swillbemakinghisrsttriptotheNWTforthisyearsNorthWordsfestivalMay30-June2.multifacetedartistsaidNorthWordsexecutivedi-rectorAnneliesPooladdingHesapremierCanadianwriterbutalsohespeaksforourmoderncultureandthewayitisnow...Hemadehisbreakoutofcoursein1991withGenerationXwhichhasbecomeapartoftheCanadianconsciousness-thattermitselfhasbecomepartofourlingonotonlyinCanadabutintheEnglish-speakingworld.Hehasde-finedsomethingthatwasverytangible.SotangibleinfactthatNorthWordshasdecidedtoplayonthelingowiththisyearsthemeGenerationNorth.WhilequiteobviouslyanhomagetoDouglasthethemealsoseekstocelebratetheNorthsplaceincontem-poraryCanadianliterature.WeretryingtobuildaNorthernliterarycultureanditsoneofthereasonswehaveourthemeforthisyearsfestivalasGenerationNorthPoolsaid.TherearemorebooksbeingpublishedbyNorthernersallthetimeandwereallyreallybelievethattheNorthandtheNWTarestartingtocomeofageasaliteraryculture.TheNorth-ernstoryisbeingtoldmoreandmorebeingpublishedmoreandmoreandwearemakingaplace...ontheliter-arymapofCanada.ApartfromCouplandthisyearslineupincludesanel-ementofmysterywithwell-knowncrimectionwriterGilesBluntmakinganap-pearancealongwithVickiDelanyandBarbaraFradkin.ThetriowillformaspecialWhodunnitpanelonwrit-ingcrimection.Unlikelastyearthe2013festivalwillalsoofferpoetryArlukwhopublishedherrstbooklastyear.Celebratedauthorandsto-rytellerforallagesSylviaOlsenisalsoonthelineupandforthersttimewillbeextendingNorthWordsout-sideoftheterritorialcapitalwithaday-longappearanceinFortSmithonMay30whereshewilldoavarietyofreadingsandpresentations.WerereallyexcitedaboutthatbecauseoneofthethingsthatwerealwaysstrugglingwithishowtoreachandworkwithwritersthatarenotinYellowknifePoolsaid.Aswellthisyearsfes-tivalwillincludeapanelofpublishedacademicau-thorswhoseworksbringupsimilarquestionsaroundculturalrepresentationandappropriation.Itsgoingtobeaboutnon-Aboriginalpeoplewrit-ingAboriginalstoriesandIthinkthatwillbeaveryinter-estingdiscussionbecauseIknowthatallofthesewritersgothroughthiswholepro-cesswheretheyreallyhavetostruggletobesensitiveandrespectfulPoolsaid.Theresthewholeissueofappropriationofvoice.Apartfromthenewaddi-tionsthefestivalwillalsofeatureitsfamiliar-andwell-loved-BlushOpenMiceroticanightsuretorousegigglesandrosycheeksfromitsaudienceandauthors.EveryyearIinvitealltheauthorstodoareadingateroticanightbecauseitssomethingtheydontoftendoandImalwaysamazedathowmanypeoplejumpatthechance-includingchil-drensauthorsPoolsaidwithalaugh.WereprettyexcitedaboutDouglas.HesanamazinglytalentedandthatCouplandhasalwaysbeenonthefestivalcom-mitteeswishlist.byNorthernersHeatherMac-Leodanauthorofthreevol-umesofpoetryandRenelttaPhotocourtesyofNorthWords