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.

19 September 2014

Karen Connelly reads 25 September!

As an excellent start to this year's Writing the Self / The Self Writing series, we're pleased to welcome Karen Connelly.

Please join us Thursday 25 September at 8pm in STJ 3014.

Karen Connelly is the author of ten books of award-winning poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Much of her work explores exile, dissident politics, human rights, and linguistic immersion, particularly in Burma, Thailand, and Greece. She also writes, in various genres, about transgenerational violence and trauma. Her most recent collection of poetry, Come Cold River, is a memoir about her troubled family, as well as a moving homage to many people in Canada who are invisibilized and silenced.

Her acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage was the winner of Britain's Orange Broadband New Writers Prize; Touch the Dragon, winner of the Governor General's Award; Burmese Lessons: A Love Story, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the BC National Award for Nonfiction.

03 September 2014

Eric McCormack is back! Reading 18 Sept

Beloved and legendary former St. Jerome's professor, Eric McCormack, has a new book just out and will be regaling us with a reading. 

The small print:
Fireplace Lounge, Sweeney Hall, St. Jerome's University, 290 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, ON. Free parking available at St Paul's University College. For more information, please contact Kelly Macnab at 519-884-8111 ext. 28301,

02 September 2014

Announcing our 2014-15 Series: Writing the Self / The Self Writing

Our series this year features writers who explore the relationship between self and world -- socially, politically, culturally -- and dynamically balance imagination and "real life".

Hope to see you at these exciting readings!

Karen Connelly
Thursday 25 September, 8pm, STJ 3014

Ayelet Tsabari
Thursday 30 October, 4:30pm, STJ 3027

Olive Senior
Thursday 20 November, 4:30 pm, STJ 3027

Shyam Selvadurai
Thursday 15 January, 8pm

Patrick Friesen
Thursday 22 January, 4:30pm