Bill Richardson



Laugh out loud with quintessential Canadian Bill Richardson as he shares his thoughts on the wisdom, whining and wonder of growing older. Richardson has written for children, young adults as well as humorous novels for adults.
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Friday, October 27, 2017. 7:00pm. St. Albert Public Library.

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Bill Richardson is well known in Canada as a CBC Radio host, including being the moderator for CBC's annual Canada Reads from 2003 to 2007. He has also made many freelance contributions to both network and regional shows. His columns have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Western Living Magazine and The Vancouver Sun.

In 2000, Richardson published his first novel for young adults, After Hamelin, which earned more than a dozen awards and nominations. He continued to write children’s books and published Alphabet Thief earlier this year.

Richardson won the
Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his book Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast, about eccentric brothers Hector and Virgil who operate a B&B where people like them, the "gentle and bookish and ever so slightly confused" can come and peruse books and enjoy a cup of tea.

The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps: Poems of the Late Middle Ages was Richardson’s popular essential companion to the graces, and disgraces, of aging. From retirement homes, cruises and grandchildren to liver spots, memory problems and geriatric sex, Richardson's candid reflections on the trials, tribulations and humiliations of growing old are frank, witty and irreverent. Written in the style of A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young, the poems bring both laugh-out-loud and gut-wrenching moments.

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