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CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Hannah McGregor & Chelsea Vowel

Join us for this special CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading and Secret Feminist Agenda podcast recording with Hannah McGregor and Chelsea Vowel.

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, a feminist podcaster, and a CanLit killjoy. She co-hosts the popular Harry Potter podcast Witch, Please, and hosts the slightly less popular podcast Secret Feminist Agenda, a weekly discussion of the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways were enact our feminism in our daily lives. She lives in Vancouver on the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, and has two cats; one is named after a poet, and the other is named after a breakfast.

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne), Alberta, currently residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a Bed and LLB, and is currently a graduate student and online Cree language coordinator at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Co-host of the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space and author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

Refuse: CanLit in Ruins Launch

CanLit—the commonly used short form for English Canadian Literature as a cultural formation and industry—has been at the heart of several recent public controversies. Why? Because CanLit is breaking open to reveal the accepted injustices at its heart. It is imperative that these public controversies and the issues that sparked them be subject to careful and thorough discussion and critique. Refuse: CanLit in Ruins provides a critical and historical context to help readers understand conversations happening about CanLit presently.

Join us for a cinq à sept to celebrate the launch of this important and powerful volume, co-edited by Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker, at its Edmonton launch on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. From 5:00 – 7:00 PM, in the Student Lounge of the University of Alberta’s Old Arts Building, you’ll hear amazing work of refusal and hope from CJ Bogle, Marilyn Dumont, Nikki Reimer and Chelsea Vowel (among others), and have the chance to mingle and discuss Canadian literature over drinks and bites. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Student Lounge
Old Arts Building
University of Alberta Campus

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Amber Dawn

Join us for this CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading with poet, novelist, and memoirist Amber Dawn.

Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her debut novel Sub Rosa (2010) won the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction and the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (2013) won the Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015) was a finalist for BC Book Award’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is the editor of two queer anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire (2009) and With A Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (2005).

Her sophomore novel, Sodom Road Exit is forthcoming Spring 2018, and probes themes of systemic poverty, trauma, vengeful ghosts and lesbian desire, all set in a failed amusement park town in the early ‘90s.

Friday, February 15, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Joshua Whitehead

Don’t miss this CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading with Joshua Whitehead! Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prized and a finalist for Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He is also author of the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017) and the winner of the Governor General’s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016. Currently he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary’s English department (Treaty 7).

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Dionne Brand

Don’t miss the 2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture to be delivered by Dionne Brand. Internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award, will give a lecture titled “The Trouble with Narrative.” Brand will be introduced by bestselling author Lawrence Hill.

A reception and book signing will follow. Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Timms Centre for the Arts
87 Avenue, 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB
Edmonton, AB

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Lawrence Hill

Don’t miss this exciting CLC Brown Bag Lunch reading with bestselling author Lawrence Hill. Author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, Hill has been awarded the Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Price, is a two-time CBC Canada Reads winner and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:00 PM (Noon)
Rutherford Library South 2-09

Books will be sold by Glass Bookshop.

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with the Edmonton Poetry Festival

Join us for our annual Edmonton Poetry Festival CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading! Enjoy readings by Doyali Islam and NASRA, to be moderated by poet Nisha Patel.

Wednesday, April 24 | 12:00 PM
Rutherford Library South 2-09
University of Alberta Campus

CLC Celebrates New Special Issue: Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production

The special issue “Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production/Affects féministes dans les productions littéraires et culturelles” is now out with Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice.

Co-edited by CLC Research Affiliate Libe García Zarranz, along with Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand, the issue features a foreword from our very own director Marie Carrière. The special issue also includes the work of executive board member Maïté Snauwaert, along with a number of other affiliates of the centre.

“Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production/Affects féministes dans les productions littéraires et culturelles” was in part inspired by a conference organized by the CLC and the Université de Montréal (and with thanks to the Trudeau Foundation), which occurred in Fall 2013: Part II of the Conference on Women’s Writing in Canada and Québec – “Affecting Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today.”

To view the issue, click here.

 

The Poetics and Ethics of “Living With” / Les éthiques et poétiques du «vivre avec»

The next CLC international conference, “The Poetics and Ethics of ‘Living With’: Indigenous, Canadian and Québécois Feminist Production Today”/ “Les poétiques et éthiques du <<vivre avec>>: Productions féministe autochtones, canadiennes et québécoises de nos jours,” will be taking place at the Banff Centre, Alberta, from October 11-14, 2018.

Political and historical events, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Report, the Idle No More movement, Donald Trump’s immigration ban, Black Lives Matter, the ongoing refugee crises, recent controversies around cultural appropriation, environmental catastrophes, and the recurring display of systemic sexual and racial violence underline the consistent inequalities of perpetuated colonial spaces in this globalized world, as well as the often painful confrontation of different worldviews and perspectives. These are crucial concerns that have been widely discussed by Indigenous, feminist, and anti-racist theorists and cultural practitioners. The various forms of social justice intervention that have emerged in academic, public, and popular cultural spaces have further exposed the persistence of historical patterns of oppression, domination, and complicity. Explorations of the poetics and ethics of “living with” might help revisit, understand, denounce, and resist these fast and slow violences.

Des événements historiques et politiques tels que la Commission et le Rapport de la vérité et de la réconciliation du Canada, les mouvements Idle No More et Black Lives Matter, le décret anti-immigration de Donald Trump, les crises de réfugiées qui sont en cours, les récentes controverses entourant l’appropriation culturelle, les catastrophes environnementales, ainsi que la persistance systémique de la violence sexualisée et racisée soulignent les constantes inégalités perpétuées par les espaces coloniaux dans un monde globalisé, en plus des difficiles confrontations entre les différentes perspectives et visions du monde. Ce sont des préoccupations cruciales qui ont été largement discutées par des théoricien.ne.s et praticien.ne.s culturel.le.s autochtones, féministes et anti-racistes, et diverses formes d’intervention de justice sociale ont été faites dans les milieux scientifiques, publics, et culturels populaires afin d’exposer encore davantage la persistance de motifs historiques d’oppression, de domination et de complicité. Les explorations éthiques et poétiques du « vivre avec » pourraient aider à revisiter, comprendre, dénoncer et résister à ces violences lentes et accélérées.

 

To view the call for papers, click here.

To view the full programme, click here.

2016 CLC Kreisel Lecturer Margaret Atwood on CBC Radio One Ideas

CBC Atwood

“WHAT DID WE THINK WE WERE DOING…”
… we young writers of Canada?”  That’s a question Margaret Atwood asked during a Canadian Literature Centre talk in Edmonton.  In excerpts from the talk and in conversation with Paul Kennedy, she considers the accidental but sometimes intentional creation of a culture and a tradition.  Some things were unimaginable decades ago, like the diversity and strength of Canadian literature today…or the PowerPoint she uses to help tell the tale.

Friday September 16, 2016
CBC Radio One at 9:05 pm, 9:35 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hear it online: cbc.ca/ideas