Canadian Writing Comes to You -- Live!

The Reading Series has been bringing cutting-edge Canadian writers to St. Jerome's University for many years.

Each year we strive to offer a range in our slate of visiting writers: well-established and up-and-coming, from the local area and from sea to sea, working in verse and prose and beyond. Experimental and traditional, serious and playful, beautiful and stark, cynical and celebratory -- come and sample the wealth and variety that is Canadian literature today.

These readings are special opportunities to get inside the book -- to hear writers read their own words, and speak about their own writing. Every reading includes an open question and answer session.

All readings are free and open to the public.

St. Jerome's is located at 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

10 April 2017

Onward to 2017-18

We're currently planning our 2017-18 series and will announce it in time for the Fall. Watch this space!

18 March 2017

Pamela Mordecai and Tasneem Jamal read 31 March!

To close off our exciting Journeys series, we're delighted to feature two local global authors!

Please join us for readings by Pamela Mordecai and Tasneem Jamal at 4:30pm on Friday 31 March in SJ1 3027.
Our opening act for this reading will be Suzanne Heeg.

Photo by David Mordecai
Pamela (Pam) Mordecai writes poetry and long and short fiction. In 2015, her first novel, Red Jacket, was shortlisted for the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and Mawenzi House published her sixth book of poetry, de book of Mary. She also writes poetry, plays and stories for children and is committed to the use of her heart language, Jamaican Creole, in her work. Born in Jamaica and educated there and in the USA, Pam and her family moved to Canada in 1993. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.


Tasneem Jamal was born in Mbarara, Uganda, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade at a number of Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and National Post. In 2014, her debut novel, Where the Air Is Sweet, was published to critical acclaim. That same year, the CBC named Tasneem one of 12 rising CanLit stars on its annual list of Writers to Watch.

27 January 2017

Tim Conley reads 10 March!


Please join us at 4:30pm on Friday 10 March in SJ1 3027 for a reading by Tim Conley!

Tim Conley's recent books include Dance Moves of the Near Future (2015), the poetry collection
One False Move (2012), Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (edited, with Jed Rasula, 2012), and Nothing Could be Further: Thirty Stories (2011). He lives in St. Catharines, ON, where he teaches English at Brock University, and has published widely on Joyce, Nabokov, and other topics in twentieth-century literature.

01 December 2016

Carolyn Smart reads 26 January!

Photo by Bernard Clark
To start off Journeys Vol. 2 in Winter term, we welcome Carolyn Smart.

Please join us Thursday 26 January at 8pm in SJ1 3027.

Alannah Slattery will be the opening act.

Carolyn Smart has written six collections of poetry, including Careen, Hooked, and the Way to Come Home (all with Brick Books). A section of her memoir, At the End of the Day (Penumbra Press), won first prize in the CBC Literary Contest, Non-Fiction category. She is the founder of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for McGill-Queen's Press, and since 1989 has taught Creative Writing at Queen's University.

08 November 2016

Farzana Doctor reads 25 November!


Photo by Vivek Shraya
We welcome Farzana Doctor -- a novelist and a registered social worker -- for a fascinating reading to close Vol. 1 of our Journeys series (more Journeys in Vol. 2 in Winter term!)

Please join us at 4:30pm on Friday 25 November in SJ1 3027.

Opening act: Alys Reed

Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award) and the recently released All Inclusive. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now” (2012), was Voted Best Author in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Poll and was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Award (2011). She curates the Brockton Writers Series.

25 October 2016

Dimitri Nasrallah reads 4 November!


Photo by Gopesa Paquette
As part of our Journeys theme, we welcome novelist, editor and translator Dimitri Nasrallah.

Please join us at 4:30pm on Friday 4 November in SJ1 3027.

Opening act: David Di Iorio

We're delighted to be sharing Dimitri with The New Quarterly's Wild Writers Festival where he will be featured as part of panel discussions on Publishing and on Translation.

Dimitri Nasrallah has been the editor for Véhicule Press's fiction imprint, Esplanade Books, since 2013. In that time he has initiated a new translation program, working with well-known authors such as Neil Smith and Claire Holden Rothman to translate new Quebecois fiction for Canadian readers. The initiative has resulted in Esplanade's first-ever nomination for a Governor General's Literary Award. Nasrallah is the author of the novels Niko (2011, winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction) and Blackbodying (2005, winner of the McAuslan First Book Award).  His translation of Éric Plamondon's Hungary-Hollywood Express was published this year.

04 October 2016

Fred Wah Reads 21 October!

One of our favourite writers ever is back! Fred Wah gave a spectacular reading at St Jerome's several years ago -- if you were there, you'll remember and want to see him again, and if you weren't there, now's your chance!

Please join us at 4:30pm on Friday 21 October in SJ1 3027.

We continue our tradition of featuring local talent from SJU creative writing classes as opening acts. Opening for Fred Wah is Sammi Zhao!

Fred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939, grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia and now lives in Vancouver. His work has received many honours, including the Governor General’s Award. He was Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013. He has published over 20 books of poetry and prose, including Sentenced to Light (2008) and is a door (2009). A recent collaboration, High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese, An Interactive Poem, is available online. His current project involves the Columbia River.