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Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series

Hear from some of Canada's finest

Get up close and personal with an eclectic group of authors while earning course credit through LA&PS' Canadian Writers in Person (AP/CLTR 1953 6.0A) course. You'll explore the contemporary work of renowned authors, while having the unique opportunity to engage with them in a dialogue about their work.

Members of the York community not enrolled in the course can also enjoy the readings, which are free and open to the public.

All readings are held Tuesdays at 7-10 pm

Location: 206 Accolade West Building

For more information email: gailv@yorku.ca or leslie@yorku.ca

Reading Schedule

This year's lineup consists of a unique selection of emerging and established Canadian writers, whose writing explores a broad range of topics and geographical and cultural landscapes. Featuring poets, playwright and prolific fiction writers, the series highlights Canada's ever-growing literary talent.

Year Date Lecturer     
2013 Sept 17 Annabel Lyon - The Sweet Girl
Oct. 1 Pam Mordecai - Subversive Sonnets
Oct. 15 Patrick deWitt - The Sisters Brothers
Oct. 29 Rita Wong - forage
Nov. 12 Fred Wah - Diamond Grill
Nov. 26 Wayne Johnston - The Son of a Certain Woman
2014 Jan. 14 Madeleine Thien - Dogs at the Perimeter
Jan. 28 Safia Fazlul - The Harem
Feb. 11 Cordelia Strube - Milosz
Mar. 4 Michael Winter - The Death of Donna Whalen
Mar. 18 Linda Spalding - The Purchase
 

Archived Readings

Year Date Lecturer     (click on the author's name for more details)
2013 Jan. 15 David Gilmour - The Perfect Order of Things
Jan. 29 Patrick deWitt - The Sisters Brothers
Feb. 12 Emma Donaghue - Room
Mar. 5 Patricia Keeney - First Woman
Mar. 19 Esi Edugyan - Half Blood Blues
2012 Jan. 10 Nalo Hopkinson - New Moon's Arms
  Jan. 24 Miguel Syjuco - Illustrado
Feb. 7 Sheriz Janmohamed - Bleeding LIght
Feb. 28 Drew Hayden Taylor - Motorcycles & Sweetgrass
Mar. 13 Joanna Skibsrud - The Sentimentalists
  Sept 18 Zoe Whittall - Holding Still for As Long as Possible
Oct. 2 Don McKay - Paradoxides
Oct. 16 Karen Solie - Pigeon
Oct. 30 James Bartleman - As Long As the Rivers Flow
Nov. 13 Suzanne Desrochers - The Bride of New France
Nov. 27 Suzette Mayr - Monoceros
2011 Jan. 11 Mary di Michele - Tenor of Love
Jan 25 Heather Cadsby - Could be
Feb 8 Michael Crummey - Galore
Mar. 1 Rabindranath Maharaj - The Amazing Absorbing Boy
Mar. 15 Seth - George Sprott (1894-1975)
  Sept. 20 Lisa Moore - February
Oct. 4 David Bergen - Matter with Morris
Oct. 25 Alissa York - Fauna
Nov. 8 Judy Fong Bates - Midnight at the Dragon Cafe
  Nov. 22 Glen Downie - Local News
Dec 6 Camilla Gibb - The Beauty of Humanity Movement
2010 Jan. 5 Richard Wagamese - Ragged Company
Jan. 19 Lawrence Hill - The Book of Negroes
Feb. 2 Michael Helm - The Place of Last Things
Feb. 23 Elizabeth Hay - Late Nights on Air
Mar. 9 Nitin Deckha - Shopping for Sabzi
Mar. 23 Motion - 40 Dayz
Sept. 21Miriam Toews The Flying Troutmans
Oct. 5Jeramy Dodds Crabwise To the Hounds
  Oct. 26 Kim Echlin - The Disappeared
Nov. 9 Moez Surani - Reticent Bodies
Nov. 23 Nicole Brossard - Fences in Breathing
Dec. 7 Vincent Lam - Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
2009 Feb. 10 Jan Rehner - On Pain of Death
(Sumach,2008)
Feb.17 Peter Robinson - Piece of My Heart
(An Inspector Banks novel) (McClelland & Stewart,2006)
Mar.17 Debra Anderson - Code White
(McGilligan Books, 2005)
Mar. 31 Nino Ricci - Lives of the Saints
(Cormorant, 1990)
April 21 David Chariandy - Soucouyan
(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007)
April 28 Makeda Silvera - The Heart Does Not Bend
(Vintage, 2003)
May 12 Sonnet L'Abbé - Killarnoe
(McClelland & Stewart, 2007)
  Sept 29 Anthony De Sa - Barnacle Love
Oct. 6 Jan Zwicky - Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
Oct. 27 Lola Lemire Tostevin - The Other Sister
Nov. 3 Lien Chao - The Chinese Knot and Other Stories
Nov. 17 David Bezmozgis - Natasha and Other Stories
Dec. 1 Ken Babstock - Airstream Land Yacht
Dec. 8 Film Screening/Launch - Redefining the Classroom
2008: Jan. 10 Steven Heighton - Afterlands
(Knopf)
  Jan. 24 R.M. Vaughan - Ruined Stars
(ECW)
  Feb. 7 Hiromi Goto - Hopeful Monsters
(Arsenal)
  Mar. 13 Angela Rawlings - Wide Slumber for Lepidoperists
(Coach House)
  Mar. 27 Heather O'Neill - Lullabies for Little Criminals
(HarperCollins)
  Sept. 16 Emily Pohl-Weary - Violet Miranda
(Kiss Machine 2005 on-going)
Oct. 7 M.G. Vassanji - Assasin's Song
(Random House 2007)
Oct.r 21 Douglas Glover - Elle
(Goose Lane)
Nov. 4 Rishma Dunlop - Reading Like a Girl
(Black Moss,2004)
2007: Sept. 20 Christian Bök - Eunoia
(Coach House)
  Oct. 4 Eden Robinson - Blood Sports
(McClelland and Stewart)
  Oct. 18 Karen Hines - The Pochsy Plays
(Coach House)
  Nov. 1 Lorna Crozier - Before the First Word
(Wilfrid Laurier UP)
  Nov. 15 George Elliott Clarke - Black
(Polestar)
  Nov. 29 Rawi Hage - DeNiro's Game
(Anansi)
  Jan. 11 Andrew Pyper
  Jan. 25 Wayson Choy
  Feb. 8 Marilyn Dumont
  Feb. 22 Lisa Moore
  Mar 15

Camilla Gibb

  Mar 29 Larissa Lai
2006 Jan.12 Gil Courtemanche
  Jan. 26 Dionne Brand
  Feb. 9 Souvankham Thammavongsa
  Mar. 2 Ramabai Espinet
  Mar. 16 Joan Barfoot
  Mar. 30 Tessa McWatt
  Sept. 21 Afua Cooper
  Oct. 5 Margaret Christakos
  Oct. 19 Betsy Warland
  Nov. 2 John Unrau
  Nov. 16 Shauna Singh Baldwin
  Nov. 30 Joseph Boyden
2005 Jan. 13 Karen Mac Cormack
  Jan. 27 Kerri Sakamoto
  Feb. 10 Wayde Compton
  Mar. 17 Clarie Harris
  Mar.24 Thomas King
  Mar. 31 Steve McCaffery
  Sept. 22 Miriam Toews
  Oct. 6 Nicole Brossard
  Oct. 27 Stephen Cain
  Nov.10 Priscila Uppal
  Nov. 24 Shyam Selvadurai
  Dec. 1 Caitlin Fisher
2004 Sept. 23 M. G. Vassanji
  Oct. 7 Roo Borson
  Oct.21 Shani Mootoo
  Nov. 4 Chester Brown
  Nov. 25 George Szanto
  Dec. 2 Marlene Nourbese Philip