Author Rebecca Rosenblum Brings 'The Big Dream' to Trent University


23rd annual Writers Reading Series continues at Trent University

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to welcome the public to the Writers Reading Series presentation of Rebecca Rosenblum, who will read from her latest collection of stories, The Big Dream,on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. in Scott House at Traill College, followed by a reception in The Trend pub in Wallis Hall.

"It's really exciting to have such a fresh, young and innovative author involved in the series,” said Dr. Lewis MacLeod, associate professor in the Department of English Literature. “Rebecca's stories map the contradictions that govern daily urban life, the vastness of the big city and the claustrophobic cubicles it depends upon, the ambiguous social 'connectedness' of cell phones and computers relative to the disconnection and isolation of formalized workplace relations.  She's very good at invoking the gap between what we do and what (we think) we are."

Rebecca Rosenblum’s short fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award, long-listed 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.

All of this year’s Writers Reading events begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior Common Room (Scott House) at Traill College, 310 London Street, Peterborough, with a public reception in The Trend Pub immediately afterwards.  All members of the community are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to see, hear, and meet these writers in relaxed and hospitable circumstances, free of charge. To see a full list of this year’s readings, visit:


For more information, please contact:
Lewis MacLeod, associate professor, Department of English Literature, Trent University,
705-748-1011 ext. 6022,