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.

09 September 2020

The Reading Series in 2020-2021

 Hello everyone!

Thanks for your support and interest of the Reading Series. Given the difficulties in hosting public events these days, we have decided to put our series on pause for a while. We are waiting to see what might or might not be possible for us to do as time goes on. Stay tuned! And stay well. 



25 January 2020

Alicia Elliott reads 4 March!



We're thrilled to welcome Alicia Elliott to cap off our Winter term readings!

 Please join us on Wednesday 4 March at 3:30pm in SJ2 1004.

The opening act will be Joanne Tiotangco Magbitang.
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She’s had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, is a national bestseller.


Special thanks to the Wilfrid Laurier University English Department (especially Tanis MacDonald) and Indigenous Student Centre, who we are partnering with for Alicia's visit.