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Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series returns

Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series returns

The Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, which launches its 2023-24 season on Sept. 19, offers the community an opportunity to meet talented award-winning writers, as well as hear them read and discuss their published work.

Canadian Writers in Person is a for-credit course for students, but the associated lecture series is free and open to members of the York community and the public who are not enrolled in the course. 

The series features 11 authors who will present their work and answer questions. Copies of all books can be found at the York University Bookstore or at a local bookseller.

All readings take place online via Zoom, from 7 to 9 p.m. on select Tuesday evenings. A Zoom link will be made available a week before each reading.

This year’s lineup consists of a unique selection of award-winning and award-nominated Canadian writers, who explore a broad range of topics and a variety of geographical and cultural landscapes. Featuring seasoned and emerging poets and fiction writers, the series highlights Canada’s ever-growing literary talent. 

The readings scheduled in this series are as follows: 

Sept. 19: Norma Dunning, Tainna: The Unseen Ones
Oct. 3: Noor Naga, If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English
Oct. 24: El Jones, Abolitionist Intimacies
Nov. 7: Angélique Lalonde, Glorious Frazzled Beings
Nov. 21: Saeed Teebi, Her First Palestinian
Dec. 5: Emily Riddle, The Big Melt


Jan. 16: David Huebert, Chemical Valley
Jan. 30: Mariam Pirbhai, Isolated Incident
Feb. 13: Suzette Mayr, The Sleeping Car Porter
March 5: Billy-Ray Belcourt, A Minor Chorus
March 19: Sylvia, Hamilton Tender

Canadian Writers in Person is a course offered out of the Culture & Expression program in the Department of Humanities in York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 

For more information about, visit Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series | Department of Humanities ( or email Professor Gail Vanstone, program co-ordinator, at

Originally published in YFile.