Canada’s Top Literary Talent Welcomed to Trent University for 30th Anniversary Season of Writers Reading Series

September 20, 2018

Giller Prize winner Michael Redhill among writers to participate in weekly series at Traill College

Students sitting on the lawn in front of Scott House at Traill College

The annual Writers Reading Series is back at Trent University and its 30th season is shaping up to be the place to be for readers and writers alike this fall.

For the 2018 series, Trent will welcome: two Trent graduates, Jessica Westhead and Richard Harrison; two members of the Order of Canada, David Adams Richards and Dennis Lee; the first francophone of the series Catherine Leroux; a winner of the Journey prize, Naben Ruthnum; and 2017 Giller Prize winner Michael Redhill. The series kicks off Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Traill College.

“Best-selling authors who have done hundreds of these things and have been published around the world routinely express their appreciation for our series and affection for our audiences. We are glad to have so many original and interesting voices visiting the University,” says series host and professor of English Literature at Trent, Dr. Lewis MacLeod.

Hosted each year by Trent’s English Literature department, the Writers Reading Series provides members of the Trent and Peterborough communities with the opportunity to meet and converse with the minds behind the country’s favourite poems, essays, short stories, and novels.

“It's always great to see students and members of the community interact with the writers,” adds Professor MacLeod. “With tremendous growth over the last several years, this series attracts writers with worldwide reputations who are keen to come to Trent.”

Readings are held each week at 7:00 p.m. in the Scott House Junior Common Room at Catharine Parr Traill College, located at 310 London Street. Following each reading, the festivities continue as authors and audience members are invited to an informal reception at The Trend.

As an added benefit for English Literature students, those who attend all of the readings will be gifted a personalized limerick by one of the a-list authors who have participated in the series over the years.

Upcoming Writers Reading events include:

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018: Jessica Westhead
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018: David Adams Richards
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Dennis Lee
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018: Naben Ruthnum
  • Thursday, November 8, 2018: Richard Harrison
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018: Catherine Leroux (with JC Sutcliffe)
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Michael Redhill

The Writers Reading events are part of the Barbara Rooke Lecture Series and are made possible with additional support from The Symons Trust Fund, Catherine Parr Traill College, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, and the departments of Canadian Studies, English Literature and Cultural Studies, the Public Texts M.A. program, and the Nind Fund.

More information about the Writers Reading.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

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