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.

16 January 2023

Benjamin Lefebvre reads 10 February!

We're very happy to be welcoming author, editor, and scholar Benjamin Lefebvre to give our first reading for this Winter term.

Please join us on Friday 10 February at 4:30pm in SJ2 1002.

The reading is free and all are welcome! Hope to see you there -- and please spread the word!

Photo by Kassandra Fritz

Benjamin Lefebvre’s first novel, In the Key of Dale (2022), was published by Arsenal Pulp Press, and his short stories have appeared in The Antigonish Review and Plenitude Magazine, with a third forthcoming in The New Quarterly. His most recent edited book is Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939, part of The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press). He lives in Kitchener and can be found online at