It all happens at 7PM, in the Scott House
Junior Common Room at Traill College
(310 London Street). Fun times with
Snacks and witty banter to follow (every single time!) at The Trend Pub. Web-type stuff at: facebook.com/writersread, as well as: trentu.ca/English
For more information contact
Professor Lewis MacLeod
Phone: 705 748 1011 ext. 7733
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email contact list for the series
Wednesday 5 December
Betsy Struthers, Gordon Johnston and Florence Treadwell - Three great
friends of the series in a first-ever, triple bill.
Live music and reception in The Trend
after the reading. Then, immediately
following the reception, don't miss
"Ballrooms of Mars" (more live music)
downtown at The Spill at 9 pm. This is a
pay-what-you-can musical fundraiser for
Writers Reading. Watch for special guests,
"The Cane Toads".
Writers Reading is sponsored by Catharine Parr Traill College, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of English Literature, the School of Education and Professional Learning, the Canadian Studies and Cultural Studies Programs, the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies, the Graduate Program in Public Texts, Trent University Bookstore,and the Nind Fund.
PAST EVENTS 2012-13
Wednesday 21 November
Linden MacIntyre - first, a real life TV
star, then a Giller winning novelist; makes you
feel small and inadequate, I know…
Wednesday 14 November
Jessica Westhead - an honest to
goodness Trent grad, coming back to show
us how it ’s done, with her collection of
stories, And Also Sharks (a Globe and Mail
Thursday 1 November
Michael Crummey - I know, it’s not a
competition, but he’s been shortlisted (or
won!) just about every award available to a
Canadian writer. It’s impressive; that’s all I’m
Wednesday 17 October
Robert Earl Stewart - all the way from
Windsor, reading from Something Burned
Along The Southern Border and Campfire
Wednesday 19 September 2012
Clark Blaise - keeps right on putting the
“best” in Best Canadian Short Stories.
Tuesday 25 September
Anakana Schofield - Barnes and
Noble thinks she’s one of the “Great New
Writers” of 2012; you’ll think so, too.
PAST EVENTS 2011-12
Stories About Storytellers with
Bagnani Lecture Hall
Monday, April 02, 2012
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
During his impressive career in publishing, including 16 years at the helm of Canada’s top literary house McClelland & Stewart, Douglas Gibson edited and published some of this country’s sharpest minds and greatest storytellers.
Douglas will present a lively account of his 40 years in
publishing with an engaging stage show adapted from his new book STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS: Publishing Alice
Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau
and Others. This event is open to the public.
Writers Reading 2011-12
The Department of English Literature is delighted to announce the 23nd
season of the Writers Reading Series in Peterborough. These events bring
award-winning and world-class authors to Peterborough for literaryb
readings, critical/practical discussionsand plain old casual conversation.
As befits the range and scope of Canada’s literary landscape, our authorsb
cover a lot of emotional and intellectual ground. These are smart people
with serious talent, but the events are stimulating and funny, not stodgy
and solemn. Because we choose writers for their unique talents no two
events are exactly alike, but they’re all free and they’re all fun.
All events begin at 7:00 PM in the Junior Common Room (Scott House) at
Traill College, 310 London Street, Peterborough, with a public reception in
The Trend Pub immediately afterwards. We invite all members of the
community to take advantage of this opportunity to see, hear, and meet these writers in relaxed and hospitable circumstances.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19
Rebecca Rosenblum’s short fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award, longlisted for the Relit Award, and she was herself a juror for the Journey Prize 21. Her work has been seen in Exile Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Maisonnueve, Coming Attractions, and Best Canadian Stories 10. Her first collection of stories, Once, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was one of Quill and Quire’s 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. The Maclean’s blog named her “Canlit Rookie of the Year” in 2008. Her new collection of stories is The Big Dream.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Priscila Uppal is a Toronto poet, fiction writer and York University professor. Among her publications are eight collections of poetry, most recently, Ontological Necessities (2006; shortlisted for the $50,000 Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology (2010), Successful Tragedies: Poems 1998-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, U.K.), and Winter Sport: Poems; the critically-acclaimed novels The Divine Economy of Salvation (2002) and To Whom It May Concern (2009); and the study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy (2009). She was poet-in-residence for Canadian Athletes Now during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic games. Time Out London recently dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.”
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
One of Canada’s most prolific and versatile writers, Dave Bidini is the award-winning author of nine books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 ½ Gigs and Baseballissimo. His play, “The Five Hole Stories,” was performed by One Yellow Rabbit and toured Canada in winter, 2009, and his two “hockumentaries,” The Hockey Nomad and The Hockey Nomad Goes To Russia were Gemini-nominated films; The Hockey Nomad won for Best Documentary. He was a founding member of the iconic Canadian band, The Rheostatics, and currently performs with Bidiniband. His newest book is a biography of Gordon Lightfoot.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Teresa Toten is an award-winning author of eight books as well as numerous short stories and articles. She has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award: for The Game in 2001 and for Me and the Blondes in 2006. Her recent work includes Better than Blonde in (2007) and Beyond Blonde (2011). Her acclaimed anthology Piece by Piece: Stories About Fitting into Canada was released in 2010.
For more information about the Series, please visit: facebook.com/writersread