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Uzma Jalaluddin talks about the first Muslim romance published in Canada

Uzma Jalaluddin talks about the first Muslim romance published in Canada

On Jan. 28, Uzma Jalaluddin came to the Canadian Writers in Person reading series at York University to talk about her novel Ayesha at Last. Jalaluddin told the audience that one of the reasons she wrote Ayesha at Last, a book that is “unapologetically Muslim,” is that she wanted to tell a different Muslim story about love and […]

Kagiso Lesego Molope on writing about queer love

Kagiso Lesego Molope on writing about queer love

On Nov. 5, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series presented author Kagiso Lesego Molope reading from her recent book, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Kagiso Lesego Molope visited the Canadian Writers in Person series at York University on Nov. 5 to talk about her latest novel, Such […]

Craig Davidson talks about writing as a passion and an obsession

Craig Davidson talks about writing as a passion and an obsession

On Oct. 22, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series presented author Craig Davidson reading from his recent book, The Saturday Night Ghost Club. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Author Craig Davidson came to the Canadian Writers in Person reading series Oct. 22 to talk about his recent book, The Saturday […]

Musician and author Tanya Tagaq gives moving performance

Musician and author Tanya Tagaq gives moving performance

On Oct. 1, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series presented renowned musician and author Tanya Tagaq. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Musician and author Tanya Tagaq visited York University on Oct. 1 to talk about her Giller Prize-nominated book, Split Tooth, as part of the Canadian Writers in […]

Zalika Reid-Benta speaks about writing the Toronto she grew up in

Zalika Reid-Benta speaks about writing the Toronto she grew up in

On Sept. 17, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person series made its debut with Zalika Reid-Benta’s visit. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Frying Plantain, published in 2019, is Zalika Reid-Benta’s first book, a collection of beautifully interwoven stories that took 10 years to write. The stories focus on the protagonist’s […]

Poet Dionne Brand to deliver keynote talk at event celebrating 20 years of Canadian Writers in Person

Poet Dionne Brand to deliver keynote talk at event celebrating 20 years of Canadian Writers in Person

  Presented by the   This year, Canadian Writers in Person celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special guest talk titled “What does writing do.” led by Canadian author, poet and activist Dionne Brand. Brand is one of Canada’s most accomplished authors. Through poems, essays, documentaries, fiction and non-fiction, Brand’s work inspires audiences with its […]

New book co-edited by Department of Humanities professor examines the origins of disciplines

New book co-edited by Department of Humanities professor examines the origins of disciplines

  A new volume of essays co-edited by Bernard Lightman, Humanities professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Bennett Zon, professor of Music at Durham University, was released this month. “Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines” asks and answers critical questions about how the Victorians understood and re-fashioned disciplines. The volume […]

Black Poetry Recitation Contest

Black Poetry Recitation Contest

Black Poetry Recitation Contest - York U (PDF) The Black Poetry Recitation Contest is a poetry recitation contest for students in Grades 9 – 12 attending high schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Registration is free and open to all students. How does the Contest Work? Student contestants choose and learn to recite poems from […]

Canadian Writers in Person returns for its 20th year

Canadian Writers in Person returns for its 20th year

If you love meeting talented writers and hearing them read from their published work, or just want to soak up a unique cultural experience, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, which launches its 2019-20 season on Sept. 17. The series features 11 authors who will present their work, […]