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Emerging Writers Open Readings

Empty chair on a stage

Photo by Kari Medig

Join us for readings by emerging Children's Literature and Young Adult (YA) writers from Literary Arts' Emerging Writers program, hosted by the talented writer for young people and program faculty-member Tanya Boteju. Our writers have been invited to read from previous works, or new work created on site at Banff Centre. Open readings allow program participants to practice reading their written material to an audience, and to showcase their talents to new readers.

Hosted By Tanya Boteju

About Tanya Boteju

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC). Part-time, she teaches English to clever and sassy young people. The rest of her time, she writes and procrastinates from writing. Her novel Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens (Simon & Schuster 2019) was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association and an American Library Association Rainbow List selection for 2020. Her new YA novel, Bruised (Simon & Schuster 2021), has been selected as a Gold Standard book by the Junior Library Guild. In both teaching and writing, she is committed to complex, diverse representation. Visit her at