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Trent’s Bata Library Announces First Writer-in-Residence


Author, Poet, and Newspaper Essayist, B.W. Powe, to Deliver Public Talks during Week of March 5

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, Peterborough

In conjunction with Champlain College, the Bata Library is pleased to announce its first writer-in-residence, B.W. Powe, an author and professor of English at York University, will be staying at Trent University from March 5 to 9, during which time he will deliver several public lectures.

An intelligent and passionate voice, Mr. Powe is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and is a frequent essay contributor to The Globe and Mail. Carrying on the intellectual heritage of thinkers such as Northrop Frye, Marshall McLuhan, Glenn Gould, and Pierre Trudeau, his areas of expertise include media theory, literacy in the 21st Century, and political philosophy.

In December, Mr. Powe launched the third edition of Towards a Canada of Light, a reflection on Canada's hope and possibility in a time of terrorism and turmoil, which was published simultaneously in French as Vers un Pays-Lumière. He is currently completing a book on Pierre Trudeau entitled Mystic Trudeau. His other works include The Unsaid Passing, a collection of poetry, the novel Outage, and Solitary Outlaw, a study of modern thinkers. These, along with a number of other works, are on reserve at Trent’s Bata Library.

Since 1995, Mr. Powe has been teaching in the English Department at York University, where he is also a member of the Graduate School of Film Studies in the Fine Arts Department. He is a fellow of the McLuhan Centre at the University of Toronto and an honorary member of the High Table at Massey College.

During his week in residence at Trent University, Mr. Powe will offer the following public events:

  • Meet & Greet – Monday, March 5, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Champlain College, The Ceilie
  • The Mystic Trudeau – Tuesday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bata Library, A.J.M. Smith Conference Room
    Learn about Mr. Powe’s forthcoming book on Pierre Trudeau and his latent and well-cloaked mysticism
  • Poetry Reading – Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m.
    Bata Library Atrium
    Poetry reading and book signing with live music and refreshments
  • Envisioning a Canada of Light – Emerging Academics’ Roundtable – Friday, March 9, 2 p.m.
    Environmental Science Complex Lecture Hall (ESC B203), Symons Campus, East Bank
    Engage in a Canadianists’ Roundtable chaired by University Archivist Bernadine Dodge, featuring Mr. Powe and a number of Trent’s newest faculty members

All events are free and open to the public.


For more information, please contact:
Carol Bennett, secretary, Bata Library, (705) 748-1011 x1596.