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.

15 September 2023

Darlene Madott reads 27 October!

Announcing our first reader for 2023-24: we're very happy to be kicking off this year's series with a reading from Darlene Madott! 

Please join us on Friday 27 October at 4:30pm in SJ2 1002.

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


Photo credit: Eric Fefferman


 About Darlene Madott:

"A Toronto-based lawyer who practised for over three decades, I have authored nine books, including Winners and Losers (GUERNICA, 2021), Dying Times (EXILE, 2021), Making Olives and Other Family Secrets (Ripasso) (LONGBRIDGE BOOKS, 2014), Stations of the Heart (EXILE, 2012), and Joy, Joy, Why Do I Sing? (WOMEN’S PRESS, 2004). I have twice won the Bressani Literary Award and have been shortlisted for the Gloria Vanderbilt sponsored Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Award three times, as well as being a frequent finalist in Accenti Magazine competitions. My short fiction has been widely anthologized, including anthologies arising out of the International Conferences of the Short Story in English, alongside internationally acclaimed authors. Author Guy Vanderhaeghe described my short stories as “haunting meditations by a fine artist blessed with a scrupulous intelligence.” Caterina Edwards: “Madott’s short stories remind me of why I love the genre. They need to be read and reread. So many left me breathless in admiration.” My fiction has also been translated and published into Italian. For more about me and my books, kindly visit:"