Richard Kelly Kemick

Richard Kelly Kemick

Richard Kelly Kemick is an award-winning poet, journalist, and fiction writer. His limited series podcast Natural Life is an intimate and unexpectedly honest documentary on his cousin, who is serving a life sentence without parole in Michigan. Kemick is also the author of I Am Herod, which takes readers backstage and undercover at one of the world’s largest religious events, and Caribou Run, a collection of poetry. His writing has been anthologized in Canada and the United Kingdom and he’s won multiple awards, including two National Magazine Awards and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s 2019 Howard O’Hagen Award for Best Short Story. Since 2018, he has been the host of Wordfest’s widely popular Dick Lit’s Trivia, the most fun you can have in a library. He lives with his family in Rossland, British Columbia.

Website: richardkemick.com

FESTIVAL BOOK

I Am Herod

On a whim, armchair-atheist Richard Kelly Kemick joins the 100-plus cast of <em>The Canadian Badlands Passion Play</em>, North America's largest production of its kind and one of the main tourist attractions in Alberta. By the time closing night is over, Kemick has a story to tell. From the controversial choice of casting to the bizarre life in rehearsal, this glorious behind-the-scenes look at one of Canada's strangest theatrical spectacles also confronts the role of religion in contemporary life and the void left by its absence for non-believers.

In the tradition of tragic luminaries such as David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Goldstein, and David Sedaris, Kemick's <em>I Am Herod</em> gives its congregation of readers unparalleled access to the players of the Passion: there's Judas, who wears a leather jacket even when it's 30˚C; the Chief Sadducee, who is ostracized for his fanaticism; Pilate, the only actor who swears; the Holy Spirit, who is breaking ground as the role's first female actor; and the understudy Christ, the previous year's real-deal Christ who was demoted to backup and now performs illicit one-man shows backstage.

<strong>GET THE BOOK</strong>

<a href="https://shop.owlsnestbooks.com/item/Hotw0wf-6PHTE4rOIJNpZg">Owl’s Nest Books</a> (Calgary) | <a href="https://calgary.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S95C1288080">Calgary Public Library</a>

<strong>BE CURIOUSER</strong>
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<li>Podcast: <a href="https://naturallifepodcast.com/">Natural Life</a></li>
<li>The Night of the Good Towels: CBC Radio’s <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject/halloween-spooktacular-1.6221306/how-my-high-school-halloween-party-became-the-stuff-of-nightmares-1.6221310"><em>The Doc Project</em></a></li>
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ALL EVENTS WITH Richard Kelly Kemick

7 PM
Dick Lit's Trivia with David Pevsner
Oct 01 @ 7 PM MT - 9 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
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An Evening with Wayne Johnston
Oct 02 @ 7 PM MT - 8:15 PM MT

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6:30 PM
Dick Lit's Trivia with Joshua Whitehead
Oct 03 @ 6:30 PM MT - 8:30 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW

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