Canadian Writing Comes to You -- Live!

The Reading Series has been bringing cutting-edge Canadian writers to St. Jerome's University since 1984.

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.

From its beginnings through 2018-19, the Reading Series has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and St. Jerome's University. It now continues to be funded by St. Jerome's.

14 February 2014

Our next two readers: Lisa Moore (26 Feb) and rob mclennan (5 Mar)

Come and hear the author of February this February at St Jerome's! We're excited to welcome this bestselling novelist, a tremendous addition to our Literartistry series.

Lisa Moore reads Wednesday 26 February at 8pm in Siegfried Hall.

The opening act will be Justine Alkema.

Then March will come in like a lion for us with the dynamic rob mclennan, poet, novelist, non-fiction writer, publisher, editor, reviewer...

rob mclennan reads Wednesday 5 March, 4:30pm, STJ 2011.

The opening act will be Elizabeth Bate.

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Lisa Moore is a three-time Giller Prize nominee, for her novels Open, Alligator and Caught. Her novel February was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2013. Last Fall she received the Writers' Trust Findlay / Engel Prize. She has done animation work, written for television and radio, and has also written art criticism.

photo credit: Christine McNair
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2011, and his most recent titles are the poetry collections Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012), grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) and kate street (Moira, 2011), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at