October 30, 2013









Writers Reading





It all happens at 7PM, in the Scott House

Junior Common Room at Traill College

(310 London Street).   Fun times with

interesting people!


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



Oct 3

Kathleen Winter’s novel Annabel (House of Anansi 2010) won the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was a finalist for all three major Canadian literary awards (the Giller, the GG and Writers’ Trust), as well as for Britain’s Orange Prize. Annabel was serialized on BBC Radio in the UK and is now in worldwide translation. Her first story collection, boYs (Biblioasis 2006), won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and the Winterset Award.

Her memoir The Necklace of Occasional Dreams was serialized on Peter Gzowski’s Morningside. Her documentary Lisa’s Hope, about a young Labrador Innu musician, was screened on CBC Television and at the St. John’s International Women’s Festival.


Oct 9

Jessica Grant is the author of the novel Come, Thou Tortoise and the story collection Making Light of Tragedy. Come, Thou Tortoise won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Winterset Award, and the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. It was also a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2009. Making Light of Tragedy includes a story that won the Journey Prize. Jessica Grant has a PhD in English from the University of Calgary. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and teaches English and creative writing at Memorial University.


Oct 15

Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver and currently lives in Toronto. She has been nominated for a CBC Literary Award and a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry regularly appears in journals worldwide, and her first collection, Where the English Housewife Shines, was published in 2007 (Tin Press London). She has performed her poems at Lollapalooza and The National Poetry Slam, and on CBC Radio One and National Public Radio, and was a featured performer and interviewee in the 1998 documentary, Slam Nation. Her second collection, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, was released September 10th by Biblioasis.


Oct 29

Gordon Johnston started out as an Anglican choir boy growing up on the north shore of Lake Superior, to which he ascribes whatever sense he has of the transcendent. That sense survived his education at Trinity College in the University of Toronto and at Harvard. He converted the education into a teaching career at Trent that lasted forty years. His poetic fiction Inscription Rock (Penumbra, 1981) and his poetry collection Small Wonder (littlefishcart, 2006) were forays into the same territory. He is anchored in the joys of this life by his wife Avril, his daughter Jessica, and his granddaughter Chloë. Now retired, he moves back and forth between his harpsichord and his digital keyboard, and between the hospital where he volunteers in Pastoral Care and his garden where he restores his soul.


Nov 6

Richard Greene is best known in Canada as the author of three books of poetry, of which the most recent, Boxing the Compass (2009) won the Governor General's Award for Literature in 2010. A new collection Dante’s House will appear in late 2013.

He is also the author of five biographical or editorial works, among them the celebrated Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (2007), a biography constructed out of the novelist's own words. His most recent book is Edith Sitwell: Avant-Garde Poet, English Genius (2011), a shrewd, amusing, and controversial biography of Britain's outstanding woman poet of the first half of the twentieth century.



Nov 14

Michael Lista is the author of Bloom (House of Anansi Press, 2010). He is poetry editor of the Walrus and poetry columnist for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.


For more information contact

Professor Lewis MacLeod


Phone: 705 748 1011 ext. 7733

Email: english@trentu.ca


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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.






Sept 25 (Oshawa)/Sept 26 (Peterborough)

David McGimpsey was born and raised in Montreal. He is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, including Lardcake and Sitcom (now in its second printing), which was a ?nalist for both the A.M. Klein Prize and the ReLit Award. David is also the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture. McGimpsey writes a regular humour column for Montreal's Matrix Magazine and the 'Sandwich of the Month' column as a contributing editor for EnRoute.


Wednesday 5 December


Betsy Struthers, Gordon Johnston and Florence Treadwell - Three great

friends of the series in a first-ever, triple bill.



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

“Best Book").


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

Radio Rhapsody.


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.



Stories About Storytellers with

Douglas Gibson


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.


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.

Visit: http://www.rebeccarosenblum.com/



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.”

Visit: http://priscilauppal.ca/



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.

Visit: http://davebidini.ca/


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.

Visit: http://www.teresatoten.com/

For more information about the Series, please visit: facebook.com/writersread


Lewis MacLeod