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.

25 October 2013

Ann Shin reads 7 November!

Join us for the next event in our Literartistry series: a reading by Ann Shin -- Thursday 7 November, 4:30pm, STJ 3027. Our thanks to Brick Books for their support! 
The opening act will be Lindsay Kroes, who has recently published Gather by the Avon, an anthology of local history short stories. 

About the feature author:
Ann Shin is a writer, filmmaker and new media producer based in Toronto. She has two books of poetry published, the latest book being The Family China, published by Brick Books in May 2013. Her writing has also been published in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, including Literary Review of Canada, On a Bed of Rice, Anchor Books, Geography of Encounters, Rowman and Little Press, Alphabet City: FOOD, MIT Press.

About The Family China:
"This short, dazzling collection of poems contains a universe—nothing short of North American life in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Somehow it is all here, joyously offered up, birth, death, and everything in between" – Karen Connelly, author of The Lizard Cage and Burmese Lessons

The New Quarterly: Wild Writers Festival

Our literary friends here at St Jerome's, The New Quarterly, are hosting their second annual Wild Writers Festival on 8-10 November. Sign up at for fantastic free readings and panel discussions, or get tickets for the Writer's Craft classes, evening events, and CanLit Brunch.

07 October 2013

M. NourbeSe Philip reads 24 October!

The second, vibrant event in our Literartistry series is a reading by NourbeSe Philip. The opening act will be Rupinder (Rupi) Saini.

Please join us on 24 October at 4:30pm in STJ 3027. 

M. NourbeSe Philip is an unembedded poet, essayist, novelist, playwright and former lawyer who lives in the space-time of the City of Toronto. She is a Guggenheim Fellow (USA) and the recipient of many awards including the Casa de las Americas prize (Cuba). Among her best known published works are She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks, Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, and Harriet’s Daughter, a young adult novel. Philip’s most recent work, Zong!, is a genre-breaking poem, which engages with the law, history and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade. Her play, Coups and Calypsos, which was produced in London and Toronto, was a Dora Award finalist in 1999.