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
18 March 2017
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|
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
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
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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
|Photo by Vivek Shraya|
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
|Photo by Gopesa Paquette|
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
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.