It all happens at 7:00 p.m.
in Scott House Junior Common Room
at Traill College (310 London).
Snacks and witty banter to follow
single time in The Trend Pub
Jane Urquhart is an officer of the
Order of Canada. She’s also won The Governor General’s Award, the Trillium
Prize (in Canada), and the Prix de Meiller Livre Etranger (in France). That
probably means she’s won things you can’t even pronounce! She’s been on the
shortlist and/or the jury for just about every prize available to a Canadian
Writer. What can we say? A true Canlit icon.
Craig Davidson knows what it feels
like to be on the Giller shortlist as well as what it feels like to do a cycle
of steroids. It’s a rare double; usually, you have to pick one or the other.
According to The National Post, his most recent novel¸ Cataract
City, is “superb, thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining.” All this from a
guy who’s devoted his life to “boxing and dog fights and zombies and werewolves
and lunatic prison inmates.” Would you be surprised to learn he also went to
Jane Bow grew up in Canada,
the USA, Spain, England and the Czech Republic. Her latest novel, Cally’s
Way, is set in Crete. That’s a lot of territory. She covers it with
“romantic yet tough-minded” prose, evoking both a stunning landscape and a
tragic history. How do individual and collective sins come to be committed, and
how can they be forgiven?
Michael Winter’s most recent
novel, Minister Without Portfolio “is a masterful examination of the very marrow
of life.” The Globe and Mail called an earlier one, The Architects
Are Here, a “flamboyant gem of a novel,” at once “wide-angled and crowded
with dramatic incident.” Michael will draw the crowd; come see what kind of
incidents we can muster.
Heighton’s fiction and poetry has been
translated into ten languages, which is almost certainly more languages than you
can name off the top of your head. He’s the winner of numerous awards and
prizes, and has taught creative writing in places as diverse as Banff, Alberta
and St. Petersburg, Russia (maybe he likes the cold?). Come if you feel like
being part of a “big, ambitious, literary adventure full of blood, gristle and
Miller’s new collection of short stories, All Saints, is
a “quietly astonishing book.” Think of how much better that is than all the
loudly boring people you know. Her previous book, Brown Dwarf,
involved a serial killer, a missing girl, childhood guilt and “larval
Real Life Peterburgher Double
Berry’s latest novel, Interference, is a “dark-humoured
glimpse behind neighbourhood doors” in a town very like Peterborough.
Jonathan Bennett’s latest novel, Colonial Hotel, is about a civil
war in an unnamed foreign country. His book is “devastatingly beautiful.” Hers
is “suspenseful, compassionate and awesomely creepy.” We’ve got violence,
intrigue, humour and heartache in exotic and homegrown varieties. You
don’t even have to choose.
Sponsored by The Barbara Rooke Lecture Series and Catherine Parr Traill
College with additional support from Frost Centre for Canadian Studies, Cultural
Studies, Canadian Studies, Public Texts, Nind Fund, Department of English
information about the Series, please visit: facebook.com/writersread
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The Muted Note a suite of songs composed by Scott Thomson, settings of poems by P.K. Page, for Susanna Hood's singing voice. As a duo, Susanna, in addition to singing the lyrics, improvises on the songs both vocally and in dance, a sythesis for which she is singularly aclaimed in Canada. Reception to follow at "The Trend". Everyone welcome! 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 26th, 2014, Scott House, Traill College, 105.1,