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April 19, 2017
Edmonton Poetry Festival/CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Douglas Barbour, Shane Book, Joel Katelnikoff and Gregory Scofield

Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

March 29, 2017
CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Madeleine Thien

Time: 12 noon Location: Rutherford Library South 2-09, University of Alberta

Madeleine Thien was born in Vancouver. She is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes, and three novels, Certainty; Dogs at the Perimeter, shortlisted for Berlin’s International Literature Prize and winner of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis; and Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which won the 2016 Giller Prize and was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Her books and stories have been translated into 25 languages. Her work has been awarded the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Heather O’Neill

7:30 PM | Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave and 112 Street, University of Alberta
The 2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture will be delivered by two-time Giller Prize-shortlisted writer Heather O’Neill, author of LULLABIES FOR LITTLE CRIMINALS, THE GIRL WHO WAS SATURDAY NIGHT, DAYDREAMS OF ANGELS, and the new THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL. Her lecture is titled: “My Education. On unusual muses and mentors. And how I had to teach myself everything in order to cross the class divide.”
Writer and scholar Kit Dobson will deliver the introduction.

This pay-what-you-can event will be followed by a reception and a book signing.

February 27, 2017
2017 CLC Research Seminar

Figures of Care and of the Ordinary in Contemporary Canadian Literatures
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Monday, February 27th 2017
Salter Reading Room, 3-95 Humanities Centre

February 8, 2017
CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Vivek Shraya

Time: 12 noon Location: Rutherford Library South 2-09, University of Alberta

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based writer and artist. She is the author of God Loves Hair (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014), She of the Mountains (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014), even this page is white (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) and The Boy and The Bindi (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016). She is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction.

January 25, 2017
CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Diana Davidson

Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Diana Davidson’s debut novel Pilgrimage was shortlisted for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award in 2014 and was an The Edmonton Journal bestseller. She is the winner of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Jon Whyte Memorial Essay award and has been long-listed for CBC Writes. Davidson has a PhD in literature and is currently the Director of the Public Library Services Branch with the Government of Alberta and was recently recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts, through the Governor General’s Literary Awards, for her work in making books available to visually-impaired library users.

December 5, 2016
CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Larissa Lai

Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

The CLC’s Brown Bag lunch series offers refreshments and door prizes, as well as invigorating words.

Larissa Lai is the author of When Fox Is a Thousand, Salt Fish Girl, sybil unrest with Rita Wong, Automaton Biographies, Eggs in the Basket, and Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. She is a recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers Award and has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary and directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
LitFest Ten-Ten Soirée

LitFest is celebrating 10 years of nonfiction, and the Canadian Literature Centre is turning 10, too. So we’re throwing a party.

Five writers + five artists + silent auction = ALL FUN.

Join us for the literary event of the season, with food, wine, and much merriment.

Featuring contributors from Ten Canadian Writers in Context (Alice Major, Caterina Edwards, and Marina Endicott), with Charlotte Gray and Ross King. Guest artists of multidisciplinary backgrounds will be in tow to respond to each writer’s work.

Come meet a bevvy of special literati and guests, hosted by Curtis Gillespie.

Tickets are $25 on Eventbrite / $30 at the door. All are welcome.

Many thanks to the University of Alberta Press.

Wednesday October 19, 2016
Brown Bag Lunch with Jael Richardson

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Jael Richardson.
In collaboration with the LitFest.
Time: 12 noon
Location: 2-09 Rutherford Library South, University of Alberta

Please use the School of Library and Information Studies Entrance rutherford-south

The CLC’s Brown Bag lunch series offers refreshments and door prizes, as well as invigorating words.

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award. Excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots. Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Brampton where she serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch with Louise Dupré

Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Join us next Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00 PM (noon) in the Student Lounge of the Old Arts Building for a Brown Bag Lunch reading by poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist Louise Dupré. This reading will be in both French and English. Louise Dupré will be accompanied by CLC Director Marie Carrière in her bilingual reading.

Poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist, Louise Dupré is a writer whose work has garnered critical and public acclaim. Her poetry collections include Noir déjà, Tout près, Plus haut que les flammes, which was awarded the Governor General’s Award in 2011 as well as the Grand Prix Québecor du Festival International de la Poésie. She is the recipient of the prix Alfred-Desrochers and the prix Ringuet. She was admitted into the Académie des lettres et des sciences humanines of the Royal Society of Canada and the Académie des lettres du Québec.

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Tuesday April 26, 2016
Brown Bag Lunch with Deni Béchard

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Deni Béchard.
In collaboration with the Department of English and Film Studies.
Time: 12 noon
Location: Salter Tea Room, 3-95 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

The CLC’s Brown Bag lunch series offers refreshments and door prizes, as well as invigorating words.

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BROWN BAG LUNCH: THE SCIENCE-POETRY SANDWICH

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Christian Bök, Weyman Chan and Alice Major.
In collaboration with the Edmonton Poetry Festival.
Time: 12 noon
Location: Old Arts Building, Student Lounge, University of Alberta

Science makes things happen, but poetry ‘makes nothing happen.’ Or is it the other way round? How can the two cultures be bridged? What do they have to say to each other?

Sit in on the conversation with three poets who are making science poetry happen:

  • Internationally renowned poet Christian Bök has encoded a poem (called ‘Orpheus’) into the genome of a bacterium so that, in reply, the cell builds a protein that encodes yet another poem (called ‘Eurydice’).
  • Weyman Chan’s new collection, Human Tissue explores the history of our making and socializing a prototype misfit and constructing the conditions of alienation. What’s a monster to do?
  • Alice Major’s tenth collection, Standard Candles, tackles cosmology as a source of inspiration and metaphor. Edmonton’s former poet laureate has delved into sciences from archeology to zoology for her work.

Hosted by Brent Wittmeier, this special Poetry Festival edition of the CLC’s Brown Bag lunch series offers refreshments and door prizes as well as invigorating words.

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Please join us at the Winspear Centre for
the 10th Annual CLC Kreisel Lecture with Margaret Atwood.

This memorable event will take place on April 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

See the lecture: 

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Wednesday March 16, 2016
Brown Bag Lunch with Nick Thran

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Nick Thran.
In collaboration with the Department of English and Film Studies and Writer in Residence.
Time: 12 noon
Location: 4-29 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

The CLC’s Brown Bag lunch series offers refreshments and door prizes, as well as invigorating words.

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CLC Scholarly Lecture Series with Kit Dobson from Mount Royal University

“Mall Culture Superstars! Literary Culture at the Wal-mart in Whitehorse”

Time: 3:00pm
Place: Humanities Building L3, University of Alberta

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Brown Bag Lunch with Ken Babstock

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Ken Babstock.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!
Time: 12 noon Location: 2-09 Rutherford Library South – Please use the School of Library and Information Studies door on the west side of the building.

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Thursday November 5 and Friday November 6 , 2015

Blue Pencil Café with Greg Bechtel and Pierrette Requier

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.

Spaces available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There is no cost to attend, but there are only ten time slots available each day, so register early!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch with Rosemary Sullivan

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Rosemary Sullivan.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!
Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch with Ying Chen

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Ying Chen.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!
Time: 12 noon Location: Grand Salon, Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch with Lawrence Hill

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Lawrence Hill.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!
Time: 12 noon Location: 2-09 Rutherford Library South, University of Alberta

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch – Political Poetry Panel

 12 noon Old Arts Building, Student Lounge, University of Alberta

Must poets wander lonely as a lyric cloud or should poetry create the weather systems for social and political change? What are the ideal/possible relationships between poet and politics? Five dynamic poets talk about these big questions and how their own work responds to politics, sharing some of their poetry in the process. They are:

  1. Spoken word poet Taqralik Partridge who draws on her Inuit upbringing and traditions.
  2. Slam champion Ikenna Onyegbula who is also founder and director of the YouthCanSlam Festival
  3. Kathryn Mockler whose brand-new collection is a mash-up of satire, rant and police reports.
  4. Garth Martens, whose debut collection about life in Alberta’s tar sands and industry nabbed him a nomination for the Governor General’s Award.
  5. Gary Geddes – one of Canada’s most senior poets, celebrated for his political, humanist work and a lifetime of caring about people and poetry.

This special Poetry Festival edition of the CLC’s Brown Bag lunch series offers refreshments and door prizes as well as invigorating words.

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Taqralik Partridge is a writer, performance poet and Inuit throatsinger originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Northern Quebec. Her spoken word has been featured on CBC radio, and she has performed at numerous venues in Canada and abroad  As an Inuit throat-singer, she has toured with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and performed with ensemble Gabriel Thibaudeau to accompany silent films in Belgium and Luxembourg. Her short story, Igloolik won the Quebec Writing Competition and has recently been published in French-language and Swedish anthologies.

Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret is a writer, arts educator and spoken word performance poet of Nigerian descent currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario.In the seven years he has been performing, he has also toured all across Canada, the United States and in Europe, featuring in many high-profile shows and festivals, like Hullabaloo, The Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Verses Festival of Words, Vancouver Island Music Festival, South Country Fair and North Country Fair. As a member of the nationally acclaimed four member spoken word troupe, The Recipe, Ikenna further honed his craft, opening for such acts as K-OS, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and alongside 2-time Grammy winning Hip-Hop recording group Arrested Development. His work focuses on utilizing performance to get into the crux of varying life circumstances in order to challenge audiences to engage critically through a vast spectrum of emotions.

Kathryn Mockler is a writer, poet, and screenwriter. She is the author of the poetry books The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, “a stuart ross book,” Spring 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Her writing has been published in Found Press, Geist, This Magazine, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Currently, she is the Toronto editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction and the publisher of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque. She teaches creative writing at Western University.

Garth Martens won the 2011 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. His first book Prologue for the Age of Consequence was a Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Poetry. For nine years he has worked in large-scale commercial construction. His poems have appeared in publications like Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014Poetry Ireland ReviewHazlitt, This Magazine, Fiddlehead, and Prism. Last spring, he wrote and performed the libretto for Pasajes, an international flamenco production. You can find him on Twitter at @GarthMartens.

Gary Geddes has written and edited 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt.-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile. His most recent books of poems are Swimming Ginger (Goose Lane) and What Does A House Want? (Red Hen Press).

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2015 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Lynn Coady: Who Needs Books?

Photo by Jason Franson.
When: April 13, 2015  7:30 PM
Where: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta

Introduction by Paul Kennedy, host of CBC Ideas
This event will be recorded by CBC Radio One

The Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture is the CLC’s most prestigious annual public event. The lectures are co-published in the “Kreisel Series” by the Canadian Literature Centre and the University of Alberta Press. For 2015, the CLC has invited Lynn Coady. She is a Canadian novelist, journalist and TV writer, originally from Cape Breton Island, NS, now dividing her time between Edmonton and Toronto. Her collection of short stories Hellgoing won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her 2011 novel, The Antagonist, was shortlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize and published by Alfred A. Knopf in the USA in January, 2013. Her fiction has also been published in the UK, Germany, Holland and France. Recently her short story “Mr. Hope” appeared in issue #47 of McSweeny’s Quarterly.

All are cordially invited to attend this spectacular event. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

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To hear Lynn Coady’s CBC Ideas episode please click HERE

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch with Wayne Grady

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Wayne Grady.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!
Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

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Licia Canton,  Montreal Writer & Editor canton

will read from,  Almond Wine and Fertility,  her short story collection.

Date: Wednesday March 25th
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Location: Faculty Lounge,  Arts Building  Rm 320, University of Alberta

Licia is editor of  Accenti Magazine and co-editor of  Conspicuous Accents (2014), Reflections on Culture (2010),  Writing Beyond History (2006) and many other books.  She earned a Ph.D. from Université de Montréal and is  trilingual. She was president of  the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers (2010-14).

Funded by the  Quebec Writers Federation and the Canada Council for the Arts

An Evening with M. G. Vassanji – Writing Africa – March 23, 2015
“AND HOME WAS KARIAKOO: WRITING AFRICA” – BY M. G. VASSANJI

Followed by on-stage interview with Peter Midgley
A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. All are welcome to attend this free event.No RSVP required.
Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 P.M.
Room # 9- 323 (Kule Theatre); Robbins Health Centre, Grant MacEwan University, City Centre Campus

Invite friends/colleagues via this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/374609606044976
For further information, please contact Dr. Asma Sayed: sayeda@macewan.ca

G. Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, two travel memoirs, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. He is winner of the Giller Prize (1994, 2003) for best novel in Canada; the Governor General’s Prize (2009) for best work of nonfiction; the Harbourfront Festival Prize; the Commonwealth First Book Prize (Africa, 1990); and the Bressani Prize. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa – Part travelogue, part memoir, and part history-rarely-told, here is a powerful and timely portrait of a constantly evolving land. From a description of Zanzibar and its evolution to a visit to a slave-market town at Lake Tanganyika; from an encounter with a witchdoctor in an old coastal village to memories of his own childhood in the streets of Dar es Salaam and the suburbs of Nairobi, Vassanji combines brilliant prose, thoughtful and candid observation, and a lifetime of revisiting and reassessing the continent that molded him–and, as we discover when we follow the journeys that became this book, shapes him still.

Peter Midgley writes poetry, children’s books and nonfiction. By day, he works at the University of Alberta Press. He was born in Namibia, but now lives in Edmonton. He is the author of Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story, an account of his return to Namibia with his nineteen-year-old daughter, Sinead. He photographs birds; Sinead doesn’t. Peter’s award-winning children’s books have been translated into 28 languages. A new collection of poetry, Unquiet Bones, will appear in September 2015.

 CLC Scholarly Lecture Series with Libe Garcia-Zarranz

Tuesday March 17, 2015 12 noon, L3 Humanities Centre

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Monday March 9, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch with Hélène Dorion.

Please join us for our Brown Bag lunch reading with Hélène Dorion.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!
Time: 12 noon Location: Grand Salon, Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch with Ali Bryan

Please join us for the fourth Brown Bag lunch reading of the season with Ali Bryan.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!
Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch with Michael Crummey

Please join us for the third Brown Bag lunch reading of the season with Michael Crummey. Admission is free and there will be a door prize!

Time: 12 noon Location: 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta ***Please use the School of Library and Information Studies entrance on the west side of the  Rutherford Library Building 

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Blue Pencil Café 2014

We are very excited to be hosting the Blue Pencil Café this fall in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

The featured writers are:
Thea Bowering – November 13, 2014
Kimmy Beach – November 14, 2014

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Blue Pencil Reception and Regenerations Book Launch

Come celebrate with us!

Thursday November 13th, 4:30-6 pm
Student Lounge, Old Arts Building University of Alberta

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Wednesday, October 21, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch with Jane Christmas

Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Please join us for the second Brown Bag lunch reading of the season with Jane Christmas. Admission is free and there will be a door prize! This reading is in collaboration with LitFest, Edmonton’s International Literary Festival.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch with Cassie Stocks

Time: 12 noon Location: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Please join us for the first Brown Bag lunch reading of the season with 2013 Stephen Leacock Award winning author Cassie Stocks.
Admission is free and there will be a door prize!

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Canadian Magazines: Past, Present, Future

Date: August 16, 2014
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Alumni House, University of Alberta

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch with Eden Robinson

Time: 12:00pm Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the forth reading in our Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes. 

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2014

Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture with Tomson Highway

When: March 6, 2014 7:30 PM

Where: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta

The Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture is the CLC’s most prestigious annual public event.

The lectures are co-published in the “Kreisel Series” by the Candadian Literature Centre and the University of Alberta Press. For 2014, the CLC has invited playwright and novelist Tomson Highway, who enjoys an international career as a playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. He is considered one of this country’s foremost Indigenous voices. He is best known for his award-winning plays, The Rez Sisters (1986), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing (1989), Rose (2000), and Ernestine Shuswap   

Gets Her Trout (2005) as well as his critically -acclaimed novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998).

All are cordially invited to attend this spectacular event of talk and music. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.TomsonHighway

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch with Kim Thuy

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Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fourth reading in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch with Kimmy Beach

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third reading in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Brown Bag Lunch with Todd Babiak

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Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the second reading in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Brown Bag Lunch with Thomas Wharton

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Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first reading in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Friday, May 24, 2013 – 2013
Words in 3 Dimensions Conference

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Place: Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta.

Get the best of the writing, editing and publishing worlds at the Words in 3 Dimensions conference. The Editors’ Association of Canada-Prairie Provinces Branch, Get Publishing Communications Society and Writers’ Guild of Alberta have teamed up to bring you one of the most inspiring literary conferences to reach Alberta in years. Find out more at www.wordsin3d.com

The Canadian Literature Centre is proud to be the sponsor of the Friday evening Keynote: Alistair MacLeod in Conversation with Shelagh Rogers.

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast journalist, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the first-ever ambassador-at-large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough—because she believes we are all in the same boat. Currently she hosts CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, a program devoted to writers and songwriters.
Come listen to Rogers, one of Canada’s finest interviewers in conversation with Alistair MacLeod, one of Canada’s finest writers.
MacLeod has published two collections of stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (1986). In 1999, his novel about Scottish émigrés to Cape Breton, No Great Mischief, won the prestigious 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
2013 Henry Kreisel Commemorative Lecture
by Esi Edugyan

“Don’t Turn Back: Observations on Home”

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Time: 7:30pm

Place: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta (Corner of 87 Ave. & 112 St.)

The Canadian Literature Centre is committed to ensuring Henry Kreisel’s legacy through this annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. The series is a forum for open, inclusive critical thinking and is a tribute to Henry Kreisel himself. Past presenters include Joseph Boyden, Wayne Johnston, Dany Laferrière, Eden Robinson, Annabel Lyon and Lawrence Hill.

This year, the CLC is pleased to announce Esi Edugyan as the 2013 Kreisel lecturer, with an Introduction by Marina Endicott. A reception and book signing will follow. All are welcome, entrance is free and no RSVP required.

Esi Edugyan’s most recent novel, Half Blood Blues, won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction. It was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Edugyan has held fellowships in the US, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain, and Belgium. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband and daughter.

Friday, March 15, 2013
A Blue Pencil Café
with Janice MacDonald

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Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.

Spaces available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There is no cost to attend, but there are only ten timeslots available each day, so register early! For more information, and to register, contact the the CLC at: (780) 492-9505, or by emailing Liz Greenaway: greenawa@ualberta.ca.

About the author: Janice MacDonald holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Alberta where she has worked as a sessional lecturer, radio producer and bartender. She spent a decade teaching literature, communications and creative writing at Grand MacEwan University College and has held positions as both an online chatroom monitor and distance course instructor. She also plays five-string banjo, fiddle, guitar and piano, and wrote the music and lyrics for two touring historical musicals.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Friday, March 15, 2013
A Blue Pencil Café
with Nicole Luiken

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Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.

Spaces available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There is no cost to attend, but there are only ten timeslots available each day, so register early! For more information, and to register, contact the the CLC at: (780) 492-9505, or by emailing Liz Greenaway: greenawa@ualberta.ca.

About the author: Nicole Luiken is a Canadian author of science fiction/fantasy/paranormal novels for teens and adults. She worked as a library technician for several years before writing full time. She wrote her irst book at age 13, and never stopped. An award-winning author, Luiken has written eight books for young adults as well as a fantasy romance ebook and adult thriller under the pseudonym N.M. Luiken.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Brown Bag Lunch with Alice Major

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the final reading in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Friday, March 8, 2013
An Evening of Inuit Literature and Performance
with Spoken Word/Hip-Hop Artist
Mosha Folger and MC Geothermal

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Time: 7:00pm

Place: Humanities Centre L-1, University of Alberta

Doors will open at 7 pm, with the performance beginning at 7:30 pm.

Please join us for a stew and bannock feast prior to the performance, starting at 6 pm on the 2nd floor of Humanities (in the fishbowl), for featured readings by Norma Dunning and Jordan Carpenter, as well as to celebrate the launch of Stories in a New Skin: Approaches to Inuit Literature, by Dr. Keavy Martin of the Department of English and Film Studies.

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this free event.

RSVP to: keavy@ualberta.ca.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch with Marina Endicott

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Marina Endicott, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Marina Endicott

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch with
J.J. Lee and Madelaine Sonik
in collaboration with LitFest

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Marina Endicott, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

J.J. Lee and Madelaine Sonik

Friday, April 27, 2012
Edmonton Poetry Festival presents
Dionne Brand In Conversation

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Time: 4:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Join one of Canada’s most celebrated poets, Griffin Prize winner and Toronto poet laureate as she reads from her work and chats with U of A Trudeau Scholar, Libe García Zarranz. A reception will follow.

This event is FREE to attend.

Dionne Brand is a multi-award winning poet, essayist, and novelist. Her ten volumes of poetry include: Land to Light On, winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award; thirsty, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize; Inventory, a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Governor General’s Award; and, most recently, Ossuaries. Her most recent novel, What We All Long For, was published to great acclaim in Canada and Italy in 2005, and won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the prestigious Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and, in 2009, she was named Toronto’s Poet Laureate. In addition to her literary accomplishments, Brand is Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
2012 Henry Kreisel Commemorative Lecture
by Lawrence Hill

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Time: 7:30pm

Place: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta (Corner of 87 Ave. & 112 St.)

The Canadian Literature Centre is committed to ensuring Henry Kreisel’s legacy through this annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. The series is a forum for open, inclusive critical thinking and is a tribute to Henry Kreisel himself. Past presenters include Joseph Boyden, Wayne Johnston, Dany Laferrière, Eden Robinson and Annabel Lyon.

This year, the CLC is pleased to announce Lawrence Hill as the 2012 Kreisel lecturer. A reception and book signing will follow. All are welcome, entrance is free and no RSVP required.

An award-winning Canadian novelist and memoirist, Lawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement, and much of his writing touches on issues of identity and belonging. Formerly a reporter with The Globe and Mail and parliamentary correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press, Hill is the author of three novels, including Some Great Thing (HarperCollins Canada, 1992), Any Known Blood (HarperCollins Canada, 1997), and The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007), which was longlisted for the Giller Prize and won the 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the 2008 Evergreen Award (presented by the Ontario Library Association), and the 2009 edition of Canada Reads. The Book of Negroes was published in the U.S. under the title, Someone Knows My Name. Hill has also written numerous essays and non-fiction works, and received a 2005 National Magazine Award for best essay for “Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?”, published in The Walrus. He also penned the screenplay for Seeking Salvation, a documentary film about the Black church in Canada, which won the American Wilbur Award for best national television documentary in 2005.

Read an interview between Lawrence Hill and the Edmonton Journal’s Books Editor, Richard Helm, here: “Chilling effect of banning, burning underestimated, author says

Watch the video of Lawrence Hill’s lecture:

Monday, April 16, 2012
Authors Cabaret & Reception

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Time: 7:00pm

Place: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Dr. Eric Schloss, founder of the Canadian Literature Centre, Mrs. Elexis Schloss and Director Marie Carrière, invite you to attend an Authors Cabaret & Reception on Monday, April 16, 2012 at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Registration is $150, with a limited number of spaces for Artists ($75)and Students ($25). This event will benefit the programs of the Canadian Literature Centre. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the registration cost.

Online registration is now available. Click here to be directed to the secure registration and payment site.

The Cabaret will feature:

Master of Ceremonies – Todd Babiak
Marina Endicott
Richard van Camp
Marty Chan
Claudine Potvin
and
2012 Kreisel Lecturer – Lawrence Hill

Wine selection and menu preparation by Art Gallery of Alberta Executive Chef, David Omar. Dress is business elegant.

For more information, please contact us at (780) 492-9505, or email: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

If you will be unable to attend the Cabaret but would like to make a donation to the Canadian Literature Centre, please contact us at the above phone number, or select from one of the following options and make your donation online at, www.giving.ualberta.ca

$100 – $1,000 (Donor)

$1,000 – $2,500 (Supporter)

$2,500 – $5,000 (Friend)

$5,000 + (Leader)

Other (including naming opportunities to the Centre and its programs)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch with Timothy Taylor

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Timothy Taylor

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Timothy Taylor, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Timothy Taylor‘s first novel, Stanley Park (Knopf Canada, 2001), was an immediate bestseller and a critical success. Taylor has since published a collection of short fiction, Silent Cruise (Knopf Canada, 2002), and a novel, Story House (Knopf Canada, 2006). His most recent novel is The Blue Light Project (Knopf Canada, 2011). Among his literary awards, Taylor lists the 2000 Journey Prize and nominations for the 2002 BC Book Awards, and the 2001 Giller Prize (shortlisted). Taylor’s work has been chosen as the 2003 One Book, One Vancouver Title, and named a finalist in CBC’s 2007 Canada Reads competition. Taylor is also a contributing editor to the Canadian narrative journalism magazine, Eighteen Bridges.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Freedom to Read Week:
A discussion with
Paula Simons and Greg Hollingshead

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Time: 7:00pm

Place: Law Centre 231/237, University of Alberta

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with the Canadian Literature Centre and the Writers Guild of Alberta as renowned author, Greg Hollingshead, joins his former writing student and Edmonton Journal columnist, Paula Simons, for a conversation on her experiences as a local journalist who has received both acclaim and criticism for her columns. The two literary personalities will also discuss how Freedom to Read Week is connected with freedom of expression and challenges that both novelists and journalists face once their work is published. There will be time for questions and socializing at the end.

This event is FREE, but RSVP to Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com

Greg Hollingshead has published three novels and three story collections. In 1995 his third story collection, The Roaring Girl, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 1998 his novel The Healer won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. His latest novel, Bedlam (2004), was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for 2006. Greg’s work has been published in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and China. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio program at The Banff Centre. In 2007 he received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Gold Medal for Excellence in the Arts. He is currently at work on his seventh book, a novel. He lives with his wife Rosa Spricer in Edmonton. For 2011-12 he is serving as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada.

Paula Simons is the Edmonton Journal’s award-winning City columnist. A born-and- bred Edmontonian, Simons is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BA Hon.) and Stanford University (MA), as well as a former fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Over her years with the Journal, she has served as provincial affairs columnist, culture columnist and as a member of paper’s editorial board. Simons has earned five prestigious National Newspaper Award citations of merit for her editorials, columns and investigative political reporting.

About Freedom to Read Week: Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read. This is why we celebrate FTRW. For more information, check out freedomtoread.ca

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch with Jocelyn Brown

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Jocelyn Brown.

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Jocelyn Brown, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Jocelyn Brown‘s recent books — One Good Outfit (Mercury, 2000) and Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1-19 (Coach House, 2009) — blend brilliant wit, humour and good storytelling. Mitochondrial Curiosities, a young adult novel, has been enthusiastically reviewed across Canada and the United States, and hailed as “astonishing” and “wildly inventive.” Her articles and short stories have also been widely published, with the short story “Miss Canada” winning the Journey Prize in 2002, and she continues to work on shorter pieces, including a recent article for the Canadian narrative journalism magazine, Eighteen Bridges. Brown has begun work on a new novel, Mistakes and Improvements.

Friday, February 10, 2012
CLC Research Seminar 2012

“Canadian Writing and the Digital Turn”

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Time: 12:30pm

Place: Senate Chamber (Room 326), Arts & Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

*RSVP by February 7: cdnlit@ualberta.ca or 780-492-9505

This year’s gathering will bring together researchers presently engaging in digital humanities research and Canadian writing, and in relation to the “CWRC” online infrastructure project, or Canadian Research Writing Collaboratory. As CWRC devises new tools and methods of study to meet the digital turn, its scholarship shifts towards fertile cross-disciplinary and collaborative energies. CWRC seeks to investigate links between writers, readers, texts, places, communities, critical traditions, and intellectual movements; to advance understanding of past and present cultural production, change, and social transformation; and produce crucial open-access knowledge accessible to Canadians and the world. Participants in the seminar will present pilot projects intended to “seed” the CWRC database (ORCA) as well as affiliated projects that will contribute to the enrichment of the online environment. Topics covered by seminar participants include urban mapping, community and memory, literary history, intellectual movements, digital archives, spatial relations and literature, and the locality of reading.

General Description:

The CLC Research Seminars aim to provide an ongoing public and research forum for the discussion of and study into a wide range of issues relevant to Canadian writing, in English and in French, of all forms, genres and practices. The seminars are open to everyone; participation is solicited from graduate students, university instructors, staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows. The seminars seek to create an interdisciplinary and thoughtful atmosphere for the presenting, sharing and fine-tuning of research in progress. They provide opportunities for researchers of different walks of life and at different stages of their scholarly careers to engage with one another as well as with a general audience, in an informal, supportive and productive setting.

For the seminar schedule and abstracts of this year’s presentations, click here: CLC Research Seminar 2012 (PDF)

Or email the organizers:

Pamela Sing – pamela.sing@ualberta.ca
Marie Carrière – marie.carriere@ualberta.ca

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Eric Freeze
reading from his inaugural collection,
Dominant Traits (Oberon Press)

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton)

AudreysAbout the Book: When Eric Freeze was still in graduate school, his teacher advised him to write about what hurt him most. “Fiction,” Freeze agreed, “needs a white-hot centre.” In Dominant Traits he examines his native Alberta, using his imagination to make the statements he wants to make. We find unusual people in unusual situations. Their bewilderment hints at the dark truth that sometimes there are no answers. And yet these are hopeful stories, stories of quiet triumph. “There is hope,” Freeze is saying, “for anyone who accepts the challenge of living, for anyone who stays the course.”

dominant-traitsAritha van Herk on Dominant Traits: “This is a slow dance of a collection, filled with wit, work, and the strange imperatives of authenticity, the jobs that give us blisters and epiphanies. These stories illuminate; these stories confess; these stories explore life’s crazily unexpected lessons. These stories expose themselves; these stories reveal the dismaying inadequacies we all keep buried. And yet, they paint a magical world: of beet farming and Mormons and hoodoos and Hutterites. Here is exposure as exotic as a rain forest, but set in a southern Alberta world where writing on stone and dark nights reverberate with compelling precision.”

Freeze-picAbout the Author: Eric Freeze was born in Saskatoon and raised in southern Alberta. His stories, essays, and translations have appeared in a number of journals, including Boston Review, Prairie Fire, The Southern Review, Fiddlehead and New Ohio Review. He was also a presenter and contributor to the Canadian Literature Centre’s inaugural conference, published as Transplanting Canada: Seedlings (CLC, 2009). He currently teaches creative writing at Wabash College in Indiana where he lives with his wife and three young children.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch with Marilyn Dumont

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Marilyn Dumont.

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Marilyn Dumont, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Marilyn Dumont‘s first poetry collection, A Really Good Brown Girl (Brick Books, 1996), now in its 11th printing, won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and remains a common course text in secondary and post-secondary institutions across Canada and the United States. Subsequent collections, namely Green Girl Dreams Mountains (Oolichan Books, 2001) and That Tongued Belonging (Kegedonce Press, 2007), have earned her the 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award, the 2007 Anshohk Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year, and the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year. Dumont recently published her first novella, entitled Stray Dog Moccasins (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2009). She was the 2000-2001 U of A Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English and Film Studies.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Brown Bag Lunch with Claudine Potvin

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Claudine Potvin, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend. The reading will be in French and in English.

Claudine Potvin is the author of two short story collections, Détails (1993), which was nominated for the Prix Desjardins, and Pornographies (2002). She has also published a number of important critical works on Castillian medieval poetry and Québécois writing. In 2009, she received the Recognizing Excellence award from the University of Alberta where she is Professor Emeritus. Professor Potvin is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada. She will read from her new short story collection, Tatouages.

Friday, November 18, 2011
A Blue Pencil Café with Margaret Macpherson

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Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.

There is no cost to attend, but there are only ten timeslots available each day, so register early! For more information, and to register, contact the the CLC at: (780) 492-9505 or email us: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

BP2011-Margaret-Macpherson-thumbAbout the author: Margaret Macpherson is a full-time professional writer, teacher, journalism instructor and editorial/ educational mentor. She is the sole proprietor of Edmonton-based small business, Pink Ink Inc. Margaret has a Masters of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from UBC and is widely published in newspapers and magazines both nationally and internationally. Margaret has published four non-fiction books including an award-winning biography, Nellie McClung: Voice for the Voiceless. Her collection of short stories Perilous Departures (2004), and her first novel, Released (2007) were both nominated for Manitoba Book Awards. Her latest book, a novel, Body Trade (2011) has just been released by Signature Editions. Margaret has worked as a fiction editor for three literary magazines and regularly publishes and performs poetry. She has produced one CD of original music as well as two one-act plays. She grew up in the Northwest Territories, but has lived extensively in Halifax, Bermuda, Vancouver and Nelson, BC. Margaret currently resides in Edmonton with her husband and three children.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Friday, November 18, 2011
A Blue Pencil Café with Wayne Arthurson

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Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.

There is no cost to attend, but there are only ten timeslots available each day, so register early! For more information, and to register, contact the the CLC at: (780) 492-9505 or email us: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

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About the author: Wayne Arthurson is a Canadian aboriginal writer with almost 25 years professional experience. He has been a reporter, editor, communications officer, advertising copywriter, ghostwriter, freelance writer, reality show participant and novelist. He has written over 100 published articles, four history books and two novels. The first book in his Edmonton-based mystery series, Fall From Grace, was a Number 1 Bestseller in Edmonton for over six weeks during the Spring of 2011. The follow-up, A Winter Killing, will be published by Forge Books in the Spring of 2012. Wayne Arthurson is also a musician with three released CDs and one US tour under his belt.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Brown Bag Lunch with Richard Van Camp

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Richard Van Camp, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Richard Van Camp a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from fort Smith, NWT, received the 1997 CAA Air Canada Award for most promising young author after the publication of his novel, The Lesser Blessed (Douglas & McIntyre, 1996). The short fiction collections Angel Wing Splash Pattern (Kegedonce, 2002) and The Moon of Letting Go (Great Plains, 2009) — which was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction — are among his recent publications. Van Camp has also written two comic books and four children’s books. He is the University of Alberta Department of English Writer-in-Residence for 2011-12, and was awarded Storyteller of the Year for both Canada and the US by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2007.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Spaces/Memories:
2nd International Conference of the
Canadian Literature Centre

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Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15)

Place: Alumni House, University of Alberta

Keynote Speakers:

  • J. Edward Chamberlin (University of Toronto)
  • Sherry Simon (Concordia University)

Registration for Spaces/Memories is now available. Please click here to be directed to the secure registration and payment site.

For more information on the conference, including a tentative programme and information about accommodations, click here or write to: clccollo@ualberta.ca.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
On lit à l’artère,
avec :
François Paré, Pierrette Requier, et
Josée Thibeault

accueillis par Marie Carrière

Time: 7:00PM

Place: The ARTery (9535 Jasper Avenue)

The Canadian Literature Centre is proud to partner with LitFest and Radio Canada to present On lit à l’artère.

Governor-General Award winner François Paré is joined by three Edmonton favourites: poet Pierrette Requier, performer and director Josée Thibeault, and musical phenom Barobliq, hosted by Marie Carrière.

Cette année, le Centre de littérature canadienne et Litfest ont le très grand plaisir de vous présenter le Festival LitFest dans les deux langues officielles, notamment trois auteurs et un musicien francophones des plus vibrants. Lauréat du Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général, François Paré sera accompagné par trois vedettes littéraires de la communauté francophone d’Edmonton : poète Pierrette Requier, l’écrivaine, la comédienne et la metteure en scène Josée Thibeault, et le compositeur-interprète Barobliq. Les artistes seront accueillis par Marie Carrière.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Brown Bag Lunch & LitFest Launch with Will Ferguson

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Will Ferguson

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with guest author Will Ferguson, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Will is also participating in other LitFest events. Check their schedule for more details: Litfestalberta.org

Will Ferguson was born and raised in northern Alberta and is the author of more than a dozen books, ranging from humour to history to literary fiction. His works include Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw, Beyond Belfast, Happiness and How to be a Canadian (which he co-wrote with his brother Ian). Canadian Pie is his sixth book on Canadian life.

Will has won the Canadian Authors Association Award for both fiction and history, and was awarded the Pierre Berton Award by Canada’s National History Society. A three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour, Ferguson lives in Calgary with his wife Terumi and their two young sons.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A Lecture by Dr. Danielle Schaub

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Time: 10:00 am.

Place: Senate Chamber, Arts Building (U of A)

“Disarticulated. Dismembered. Destroyed” :
Abuse and Schizophrenia in Nancy Huston’s The Story of Omaya

The lecture will be delivered in English. This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend, with a discussion following the lecture.

About the lecturer: Danielle Schaub was born in Kuala Belait, in the Sultanate of Brunei and was raised all over the world, becoming proficient in several languages, including English, French, Dutch, Hebrew and German. She studied at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and at the University of Cambridge in England, and went on to earn an MA in English and Dutch philology and literature, an MA in Spanish, and a PhD in Canadian literature. Danielle has always been fascinated by the interaction between text and image. While on research trips in Canada, she’s taken photographs of numerous writers at writers’ festivals, which has led to various exhibitions of her work around the world. A writer of short fiction and poetry, Danielle currently teaches at Oranim Academic College near Haifa, Israel in the areas of British and Canadian literature, trauma in literature, stylistics and poetics, the Canadian novel, women’s short fiction, and the oral tradition, among others. Her research interests include bibliotherapy, literary representations of trauma, autobiographical writing, interaction between text and image, multiculturalism/transnationalism, and spatial representation of female subjectivities.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Fall 2011 CLC Scholarly Lecture:
Mary di Michele

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Time: 3:00 p.m.

Place: Student Lounge, Arts Building (U of A)

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Scholarly Lecture with Mary di Michele

Please join us for the Fall 2011 CLC Scholarly Lecture with Mary di Michele. This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend.

Lecture Title, “The Flower and the Book, My Pier Paolo Pasolini”

The talk will describe the research and writing of The Flower of Youth, di Michele’s new book about the coming of age as an artist of the great writer and film-director Pier Paolo Pasolini during the Second World War.

About Mary di Michele: Poet, novelist, and member of the collaborative writing group, Yoko’s Dogs, Mary di Michele is the author of ten books, including a selected poems, Stranger in You (Oxford University Press, 1995), and the novel, Tenor of Love (Viking Canada, Simon & Schuster USA, 2005). She lives in Montreal where she teaches at Concordia University in the creative writing program. A new book of poetry, The Flower of Youth, Pier Paolo Pasolini Poems (ECW Press), will be published in September 2011.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Brown Bag Lunch with Lise Gaboury-Diallo

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Lise Gaboury-Diallo

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with the guest author, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Lise Gaboury-Diallo is the author of six collections of poetry: Subliminales (1999) and transitions (2002), both short-listed for the Prix Rue-Deschambault; Poste restante : cartes poétiques du Sénégal (2005), short-listed for the Landsdowne Poetry Award; Homestead, poèmes du coeur de l’Ouest (2005), which won the first prize in the French poetry category of the 2004 CBC Literary Awards; L’endroit et l’envers (2008); and Parchemins croisés : la Genèse en peinture et en poésie / Crossworlds: a Genesis in painting and in poetry, in collaboration with the painter Monique Larouche (2008). She is currently a professor of French and French literature at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface.

Monday, March 14, 2011
2011 Henry Kreisel Commemorative Lecture by Annabel Lyon

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Time: 7:30pm

Place: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta. Corner of 87 Ave. & 112 St.

The Canadian Literature Centre is committed to ensuring Henry Kreisel’s legacy through this annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. The series is a forum for open, inclusive critical thinking and is a tribute to Henry Kreisel himself. Past presenters include Joseph Boyden, Wayne Johnston, Dany Laferrière and Eden Robinson.

This year, the CLC is pleased to announce Annabel Lyon as the 2011 Kreisel lecturer. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. All are welcome, entrance is free and no RSVP required.

Annabel Lyon is a Vancouver fiction writer and teacher. Her first books are Oxygen (2000), and The Best Thing for You (2004), which was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The Golden Mean (2009), her first novel and third work of fiction, holds the distinction of being the only book nominated that year for all three of Canada’s major fiction prizes: the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for English language fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the last of which it won. The Golden Mean was also nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and is being published in six languages. Given its provocative book cover, it was banned from BC Ferries in 2010, has earned international critical acclaim, and has become a Canadian bestseller. It was recently named the Grant MacEwan University Book of the Year.

Sunday, March 13, 2011
Authors Cabaret & Dessert Reception

Time: 7:00pm

Place: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Dr. Eric Schloss, founder of the Canadian Literature Centre, and Director Marie Carrière, invite you to attend an Authors Cabaret & Dessert Reception on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Registration is $100, and we will begin accepting registrations soon. This event will benefit the programs of the Canadian Literature Centre. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price.

Online registration is now available. Click here to be directed to the secure registration and payment site.

The Cabaret will feature:

VanherkAritha van Herk, novelist and essayist,

 

 

CoadyLynn Coady, novelist and co-founding senior editor of Eighteen Bridges magazine,

 

 

BabiakTodd Babiak, novelist and Edmonton Journal Columnist,

 

 

ThibeaultJosée Thibeault, poet and dramatist,
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LyonAnnabel Lyon, 2011 Kreisel Lecturer and author of The Golden Mean

 

 

BishopThe master of ceremonies will be literary non-fiction author, Ted Bishop

 

Wine selection and dessert preparation by Art Gallery of Alberta Executive Chef, David Omar. Dress is business elegant.

For more information, please contact us at (780) 492-9505, or email: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

If you will be unable to attend the Cabaret but would like to make a general contribution to the Canadian Literature Centre, please contact us at the above phone number, or select from one of the following options and make your donation online at, www.giving.ualberta.ca.

$100 – $1,000 (Donor)

$1,000 – $2,500 (Supporter)

$2,500 – $5,000 (Friend)

$5,000 + (Leader)

Other (including naming opportunities to the Centre and its programs)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Brown Bag Lunch with Anna Marie Sewell

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Anna Marie Sewell

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with the guest author, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Anna Marie Sewell is a writer, poet, playwright, essayist and performer of Mi’gmaq/Anishnabe/Polish Heritage, and a founding member of Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets Society. She is also active in the Aboriginal theatre scene, and served as the artistic director of Big Sky Theatre. Her play, Heart of the Flower, a chronicle of a half-breed farm-girl transplanted to Japan, earned her the Prince and Princess Edward Prize in Aboriginal Literature, a one-time endowment from the Canada Council in celebration of the Prince’s marriage. Fifth World Drum is her first book-length collection of poetry. Her poetry, plays and essays have been widely anthologised.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Brown Bag Lunch with David Chariandy

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with David Chariandy

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with the guest author, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

David Chariandy is a novelist and English teacher at Simon Fraser University. His debut novel, Soucouyant (2007), was nominated for ten literary awards, including a 2007 Governor General’s Award for Fiction (finalist), a 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book of Canada and the Caribbean (shortlisted), and the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize (longlisted). He was also a gold winner recipient of the 2007 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for literary fiction from an independent press. He lives in Vancouver.

Monday, January 17, 2011
CLC Books Celebration

Time: 5:00pm

Place: Faculty Club, University of Alberta (Saskatchewan Drive)

All are welcome, complimentary hors d’œvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

This event will feature new works by CLC researchers Daniel Laforest, Jerry White, Albert Braz and Marie Carrière. The new Kreisel Series publication, Un art de vivre par temps de catastrophe, by Dany Laferrière and co-published by the University of Alberta Press, will also be celebrated.

There will be a special bilingual cross-reading and dialogue between Daniel and Jerry. Daniel’s book is a monograph on Québécois poet and film maker Pierre Perrault : L’Archipel de Caïn. Pierre Perrault et l’écriture du territoire (Montréal, XYZ, coll. “Théorie & Littérature”, 2010), published this Fall. Jerry’s most recent book, The Radio Eye: Cinema in the North Atlantic, 1958-1988 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009), dedicates two chapters to Perrault, while addressing film, video and television experiments in Quebec, Newfoundland, the Faroe Islands, and the Gaelic-speaking regions of Ireland. Pierre Perrault (1927-1999) is someone who could be coined an ‘intermedial’ artist, had the word existed in his lifetime. His influence on film, in Quebec and internationally, thanks to his design of “cinéma direct”, has been considerable. What is less known is that he also produced a radio broadcast (the transcript of which has been edited by Daniel Laforest in a previous book, J’habite une ville, Montréal, L’Hexagone, 2009). Moreover, Perrault’s important poetic writing has been somewhat obscured by his innovation in film but is a remarkable literary contribution worthy of critical attention.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch with Gregory Scofield

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Gregory Scofield

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with the guest author, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Gregory Scofield is one of Canada’s most renowned Aboriginal writers, whose numerous collections of poetry, including kipocihkân: Poems New & Selected (Nightwood Editions), I Knew Two Metis Women, and Love Medicine and One Song (2009, Kegedonce Press), have earned him both national and international audiences. He has a unique style that blends oral storytelling, song, spoken word and the Cree language. His poetry and memoir, Thunder Through My Veins (HarperCollins, 1999) is widely taught at universities and colleges across Canada and the U.S., and his work has appeared in many anthologies. He was also the subject of a feature length documentary, Singing Home The Bones: A Poet Becomes Himself (The Maystreet Group, 2007), that aired on CHUM TV, BRAVO!, APTN, and the Saskatchewan Television Network.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Fall 2010 CLC Scholarly Lecture presented by Toni Holland

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Senate Chamber, Arts & Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

Please join us as Toni Holland presents the Fall 2010 CLC scholarly lecture. All are welcome, entrance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Lecture Title, “American and Canadian Poets Laureate: A Literary and Cultural History”

Toni Holland received her BA from the University of Texas; she is completing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at Arlington. Part of her doctoral work was completed at the University of Leicester, England. Her dissertation is a literary history of US Poets Laureate; she has been awarded a Fulbright to extend this research at the University of Alberta to include Canadian Parliamentary Poets Laureate. Her awards include Academy of American Poets University Poetry Award, first-runner up, University Scholar, Graduate Teaching Assistance Excellence Award, and numerous scholarships and grants. She has also held poet residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France. She is also an Honorary CLC Postdoctoral Fellow, and greatly looks forward to being engaged with the poetry community in Edmonton, Alberta.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch with Tim Bowling

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Tim Bowling

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with the guest author, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Tim Bowling is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Fathom, The Annotated Bee & Me, The Book Collector, and The Memory Orchard. He has also published three novels, including The Bone Sharps and The Paperboy’s Winter. He has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and has won the Canadian Authors’ Association Award for Poetry and two Alberta Book Awards. His first book of non-fiction, a memoir called The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture, was shortlisted for three literary awards: The Writers’ Trust Nereus Non-Fiction Award, the Alberta Literary Awards’ Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the BC Book Prizes’ Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize. Lost Coast was also chosen as a 2008 Kiriyama Prize “Notable Book.” Bowling is the recipient of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize, the National Poetry Award, and the Orillia International Poetry Prize, and in 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent book is another work of non-fiction, called In the Suicide’s Library: A Book Lover’s Journey. He is the current Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Blue Pencil Café with Marty Chan

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Time: 10:00am

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Please note that all timeslots with Marty Chan are now full. Check back this summer for information on next year’s Blue Pencil Café. For more information, contact the the CLC at (780) 492-9505 or email us: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

Marty Chan (www.martychan.com) is a playwright, television screenwriter, young adult author and radio humorist, who has been writing for over 17 years. He’s best known for his play, Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl, which has been produced across Canada, broadcast on national CBC Radio, published three times and produced Off Broadway. Marty has worked as a television story editor on several kids shows. His own television pilot, The Orange Seed Myth, earned a Gemini nomination for Best Writing in a Youth Program. He is also an award-winning young adult author.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Blue Pencil Café with Alice Major

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Time: 10:00am

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Please note that all timeslots with Alice Major are now full. Check back this summer for information on next year’s Blue Pencil Café. For more information, contact the the CLC at (780) 492-9505 or email us: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

Alice Major (www.alicemajor.com) has published nine, highly-praised poetry collections, an award-winning YA novel and many magazine and newspaper articles. Among other awards and prizes, she has won the Pat Lowther award (for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman). Alice has been active in the writing community for two decades. In 2005, she was named to a two-year term as the City of Edmonton’s first poet laureate. She is also the founder and president of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and she was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch with Lynn Coady

Time: 12:00pm
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Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

If you were unable to attend this event, you can listen to it here (requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Lynn Coady

The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend this noon-hour reading, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with the guest author, and enter for a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The reading is informal, fun, educational and best of all free to attend.

Lynn Coady is a novelist, playwright, short-story writer, editor and journalist, originally from Cape Breton Island, now living in Edmonton. She is the author of the novels Strange Heaven (1998, Goose Lane Editions), Saints of Big Harbour (2003, Doubleday Canada), and, most recently, Mean Boy (2006 Doubleday Canada). She has also published a short story collection, Play the Monster Blind (2000 Doubleday Canada). Coady’s journalism nonfiction has appeared in magazines and newspapers across Canada. She has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, as well as the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award, and is a recipient of the Dartmouth Book Award, The Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award and the CAA Award for Authors under Thirty. In 2005, she received the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for an artist in mid-career, and in 2007 she received the Writers Guild of Alberta George Bugnet fiction prize for Mean Boy.

Thursday, September 30, 2010
CWRC Canadian Women Writers Conference: Connecting Texts and Generations

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Alumni House, University of Alberta

For more information, click here.

Friday, September 17, 2010
The GG Authors Reception

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Time: 4:30 pm

Place: Telus Centre Atrium, University of Alberta

To herald the opening of a unique exhibit of Governor General Literary Award-winning books at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, soon to begin a Canada-wide tour courtesy of the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation, the Canadian Literature Centre invites you to a special reception featuring stories, food and wine with four of the western winning authors, to be emceed by Todd Babiak.

The reception will open at 4:30 pm, with introductions and readings to begin at 5 pm, followed by a book sale on behalf of the University of Alberta Bookstore and signings by the authors.

RSVP by Tuesday, September 14, by calling (780) 492-9505 or email: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

Visit the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation website for more information about the tour.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch with Linda Goyette

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

If you were unable to attend Linda Goyette’s reading, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Linda Goyette

Edmonton writer and editor Linda Goyette has been traveling across northern Canada to collect stories from children and teenagers about their lives – as well as stories from older adults about their own childhood in isolated communities. She’ll give us a preview of some of these stories, and talk about the transition she’s making toward new forms of literary non-fiction. The author of six books of non-fiction, Linda was Writer in Residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon earlier this winter, and a previous Writer in Residence at the Edmonton Public Library. Her new book for children, Northern Kids, will be published in September by Brindle & Glass of Victoria, BC.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch with Erin Mouré and Oana Avasilichioaei

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Erin Mouré has published a dozen books of poetry, most recently O Cadoiro (Anansi 2007). Little Theatres (Anansi 2005) was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, which she won for the collection Furious (Anansi 1988). Little Theatres also won the AJM Klein Prize, made the Globe 100, and was translated into Galician as Teatriños (Galaxia, 2007). Several other poetry collections were nominated for the Governor General’s Award: O Cidadán (Anansi 2002), Search Procedures (Anansi 1996), and Empire, York St. (Anansi 1979). Her book of essays, My Beloved Wager, is due out from NeWest Press at the end of 2009.

Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet and translator, who transformed the landscape of Vancouver’s Hastings Park into an acclaimed book of poems, feria: a poempark (Wolsakk & Wynn 2008). She has translated Nichita Stanescu from Romanian, Louise Cotnoir and Geneviève Desrosiers from French, created visual text works for galleries in Montreal and Vancouver, and has performed her work in Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe. Her first book, Abandon (Wolsakk & Wynn 2005) has been translated into Spanish as Abandono and will soon appear in Mexico City.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
2010 Henry Kreisel Commemorative Lecture by Eden Robinson

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Time: 7:30pm

Place: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta. Corner of 87 Ave. & 112 St.

The Canadian Literature Centre is committed to ensuring Henry Kreisel’s legacy through this annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. The series is a forum for open, inclusive critical thinking and is a tribute to Henry Kreisel himself. Past presenters include Joseph Boyden, Wayne Johnston and Dany Laferrière.

This year, the CLC is pleased to announce Eden Robinson as the 2010 Kreisel lecturer. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. All are welcome, entrance is free and no RSVP required.

Eden Robinson is the internationally acclaimed author of Traplines, Monkey Beach and Blood Sports. Traplines was the winner of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Britain’s Winfred Holtby Memorial Prize. Monkey Beach was nominated for the Giller Prize, the 2000 Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and was selected as the Globe and Mail’s Editor’s Choice. Robinson is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. “I was born on the same day as Edgar Allan Poe and Dolly Parton: January 19. I am absolutely certain that this affects my writing in some way.” – Eden Robinson

Read Eden’s interview with the Edmonton Journal’s Books Editor, Richard Helm: Edmonton Journal website

If you were unable to attend Eden Robinson’s lecture, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): 2010 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture with Eden Robinson

Listen to the 2009 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture given by Dany Laferrière here:
Dany Laferrière, March 5 2009

Monday, March 1, 2010
Author Cabaret & Reception

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Time: 6:30pm

Place: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Dr. Eric Schloss, founder of the Canadian Literature Centre, Mrs. Elexis Schloss, and Dr. Marie Carrière, Director of the Canadian Literature Centre, invite you to attend an Author Cabaret & Reception.

Registration is $100, and this event will benefit the programs and activities of the Canadian Literature Centre. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. Spaces are limited, so please register by February 23rd, 2010.

Throughout the evening, emcee Ted Bishop will invite seven distinguished authors to give short readings from their work:

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Rudy Wiebe, Eden Robinson*, Alice Major, Thomas Wharton, Gisèle Villeneuve, Caterina Edwards, Myrna Kostash

A special tapas menu and dessert buffet prepared by Art Gallery of Alberta Executive Chef David Omar and Chef Doreen Prei will be served. Dress is business elegant.

Edmonton’s new Art Gallery of Alberta is an 85,000 square foot building, whose dynamic design engages with the city’s natural surroundings and celebrates the duality of its urban grid layout.

*Eden Robinson, acclaimed Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations author, will also deliver the 2010 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture, 7:30 pm the following evening, at the Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta. All are welcome.

Our online registration option has now closed. If you are interested in registering, please call us at (780) 492-9505, or email: cdnlit@ualberta.ca.

If you are unable to attend the Cabaret but would like to make a general contribution to the Canadian Literature Centre, please contact us at the above phone number, or select from one of the following options and make your donation online at, www.giving.ualberta.ca

$100 – $1,000 (Donor)

$1,000 – $2,500 (Supporter)

$2,500 – $5,000 (Friend)

$5,000 + (Leader)

Other (including naming opportunities to the Centre and its programs)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch with J.R. Léveillé

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third in our Winter 2010 Brown Bag Lunch Series with J.R. Léveillé. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

J.R. Léveillé is the author of over twenty books. In 2007, he received the Manitoba Lifetime Achievement Award, was honored by induction into Manitoba’s Cultural Hall of Fame, and an international conference on his work was held in 2005. His novel, Le soleil du lac qui se couche (Éditions du Blé 2001), won the prestigious Prix Champlain as well as the Prix Rue-Deschambault, and was translated as The Setting Lake Sun (Signature 2001). Léveillé won the Prix littéraire du Manitoba français in 1994 for his poetry and the Prix du Consulat général de France Toronto for his body of work. Other works translated into English include Transformation (Ink Inc. 2006) and New York trip (Interligne 2003).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Douglas Barbour

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch reading with Douglas Barbour, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag Lunch with Douglas Barbour

Douglas Barbour has published many books of poetry, including Fragmenting Body etc. (NeWest Press/SALT 2000), Breath Takes (Wolsak & Wynn 2002), A Flame on the Spanish Stairs (greenboathouse books 2003), Continuations, with Sheila E. Murphy (University of Alberta Press 2006), and most recently, Wednesdays’ (above/ground press 2008). He is also the author of Lyric/Anti-lyric: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (NeWest Press 2001). He has read his poetry and lectured in many places around the world. He was inaugurated into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in 2003, and is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Brown Bag Lunch with Afua Cooper

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first in our Winter 2010 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Afua Cooper. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Afua Cooper is an award-winning poet, author, historian, curator, performer, cultural worker, and recording artist. She is a winner of the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence, and The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal (HarperCollins 2006) was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award, Nonfiction. Her poems have been anthologized in national and international publications, and translated in several languages. She has published five books of poetry, including Copper Woman (Natural Heritage Books 2006) and a poetry recording, Possessed: Dub Stories (Soundmind, 2006). She recently published two works of fiction, The Young Phillis Wheatley (KidsCan Press 2009) and The Young Henry Bibb (KidsCan Press 2009).

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Afua Cooper, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Afua Cooper

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Minister Faust (Malcolm Azania)

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Centre Core, Stanley Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Please join us for the final reading in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Minister Faust. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Malcolm Azania’s debut novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad (Del Rey 2004) has been hailed by The New York Times Review of Books, and short-listed for the 2004 Philip K. Dick prize, the 2004 Locus Best First Novel award, and the 2004 Compton-Crook award. His second novel, From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain (Rey/Random House 2007) has also met acclaim and critical praise. Minister Faust has written drama and sketch comedy for the stage. Also, he is one of the only radio phonic voices of the African community in Western Canada. His NCRC national award-winning news program The Terrordome is a beacon of Africentric information.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Minister Faust, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player)Brown Bag lunch reading with Minister Faust

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Fall 2009 CLC Scholarly Lecture presented by Dr. Keavy Martin

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Students Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Please join us for the inaugural CLC Scholarly Lecture presented by Dr. Keavy Martin. All are welcome, entrance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Lecture Title: “Just a Story? Monkey Beach and the Politics of Aboriginal Literatures”

This discussion of Eden Robinson’s novel Monkey Beach will explore the real-life influences — and consequences — of Aboriginal literatures in Canada. The CLC is proud to announce that Eden Robinson will be presenting the 2010 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture in March 2010.

Dr. Martin teaches Aboriginal literatures in the Department of English and Film Studies at the U of A.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Marina Endicott

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fifth in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Marina Endicott. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Marina Endicott’s second novel, Good to a Fault, (Freehand 2008) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Open Arms (Freehand 2001) was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel award and serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Her long poem about the Mayerthorpe incident, “The Policeman’s Wife, Some Letters,” was short-listed for the national CBC Literary Awards in 2006. She is at work on a new novel about The Belle Auroras, a sister-trio-harmony vaudeville act touring the Canadian prairies in 1909.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Marina Endicott, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Marina Endicott

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Marc Prescott

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fourth in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Marc Prescott. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Marc Prescott is a graduate of the National Theatre School in French playwriting. His plays have been produced all over Canada and abroad. He is a playwright, actor, director, translator, designer, humour columnist, and screenwriter, and the author of Sex, Lies et les Franco-Manitobains (Éditions du Blé 2001) and L’année du Big-Mac (Éditions du Blé 2007). His plays, Poissons and L’année du Big-Mac won the Masque for Best Canadian Play in 2002 and 2007 respectively. In 2006, he received the Prize of Excellence for his contribution to French-language theatre in Canada.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Marc Prescott, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Marc Prescott

Friday, October 30, 2009
A Blue Pencil Café with screenwriter Geo Takach

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Time: 10:00am

Place: Canadian Literature Centre (4-115 Humanities Centre)

Please Join us with screenwriter Geo Takach and spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established playwright! Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. We have 10 half-hour spots available, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information or to register, contact the the CLC at (780)492-9505 or email us: cdnlit@ualberta.ca

Geo’s writing has surfaced in books, articles, speeches, videos and corporate stuff, as well as on radio, television, film and garage pads. His screen credits include dramatic TV, documentary films, and film festival shorts. His scripts have won multiple awards. He teaches screenwriting in the Professional Writing program at MacEwan College and leads screenwriting workshops for various orgs. He wrote, directed, hosted and co-produced the documentary film, Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? which premiered on City TV in 2009. He is a former president of the Writers Guild of Alberta.

The Blue Pencil Café is being co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 —
A Blue Pencil Café with Curtis Gillespie***

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Time: 10:00am

Place: Canadian Literature Centre (4-115 Humanities Centre)

***CURTIS GILLESPIE TIMESLOTS ARE NOW FULL, but we are still accepting registrations with GEO TAKACH …

Please Join us with writer Curtis Gillespie and spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author! Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. We have 10 half-hour spots available, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, contact the the CLC at (780)492-9505 or email us: cdnlit@ualberta.ca

Curtis Gillespie’s most recent novel is the acclaimed Crown Shyness. He is the author of a memoir, Playing Through, and of The Progress of an Object in Motion, a collection of short stories which won the Henry Kreisel Award. He has won three National Magazine Awards for his journalism.

The Blue Pencil Café is being co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Shawna Lemay

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Shawna Lemay. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Shawna Lemay has published four books of poetry: Red Velvet Forest (Muses’ Company 2009), Blue Feast (NeWest 2005), Against Paradise (McClelland & Stewart 2001), and All the God-Sized Fruit (McGill-Queen’s 1999). Her book of essays about living with still life is titled Calm Things (Palimpsest 2008). All the God-Sized Fruit won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award (Writers Guild of Alberta). Lemay has a B.A. in Honors English and an M.A. in English, both from the University of Alberta.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Shawna Lemay, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Shawna Lemay

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Bert Almon

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the second in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Bert Almon has published nine collections of poetry, including Mind the Gap (Ekstatis 1996), Calling Texas (Thistledown 1990) and Deep North (Thistledown 1984). His latest book of poems, A Ghost in Waterloo Station (Brindle and Glass 2007), won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and a second poetry award from the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Earth Prime (Brick Books 1994) also won an Alberta Literary Award. He recently received the Arts and Culture Citation from the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence. His poems have appeared in hundreds of periodicals and many anthologies. He has held a Senior Arts Grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, a Canada Council Grant, and a Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Bert Almon, you can listen to it here(Requires Windows Media Player):
Brown Bag lunch reading with Bert Almon

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Lecture by Dr. Danielle Schaub, University of Haifa

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Room 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta

Title: “Reading and the Mind-Psyche Interplay: The Principles and Uses of Bibliotherapy”

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Discussion to follow the lecture. Chaired by Dr. Paul Dubé

Description: Readers often turn to books in search of escape, solace or company. Reader-response theory has thrown light on readers’ dynamic interaction with texts and its transformative impact (Iser 1989). Readers indeed transform the signals and information transmitted by texts as they attribute meaning to them largely in relation to their own emotional and cultural baggage (Iser 1989). By engaging with a text, readers participate in its fictional reality, comparing it to their own, looking for an echo, a difference or an enlargement of theirs. As such, texts may open up perspectives challenging readers’ perception of reality. Those in touch with their emotional needs may negotiate texts in bibliotherapeutic fashion “to sort out [their] own problems, uncover knots, face repressed thoughts, emotions and blockages that prevent . . . feelings of fulfilment” (Schaub 2006). As they witness other lives, they identify with one or another character faced with life experiences resembling theirs or calling theirs to mind. The interaction generates a confrontation with the unconscious on account of situations or images powerful enough to bring repressed feelings and thoughts to the surface as may also happen when viewing emotionally laden films. However such engagement lacks the sounding board that bibliotherapy proper offers. In this respect, a bibliotherapy session allows more interaction than a psychotherapy or psychoanalysis session, for a “third voice” (Zoran 2000) comes into play owing to the presence of a text in the room. Thanks to carefully targeted texts, bibliotherapy allows patients to discuss their problems at a remove; by focusing on fictional situations touching upon their experiential knowledge or on characters with whom they identify because their approach to life compares to their own or because they grapple with predicaments akin to theirs, they come to express inner thoughts that might have taken longer to emerge without the textual encounter. Allowing to face and tackle emotional and social issues indirectly, bibliotherapeutic practice may be used fruitfully in class provided the teacher/lecturer chooses texts meaningful enough for pupils/students to enter into a dialogue with them and release emotional pressures. The lecture will engage participants in hands-on activity to let them experience the value of a bibliotherapeutic approach in the context of a group.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch Series Returns This Fall!

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Mark your calendars, because you won’t want to miss the return of our Brown Bag Lunch Series this Fall. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Caterina Edwards

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first of our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Caterina Edwards’ latest book is a work of creative non-fiction, Finding Rosa: A Mother with Alzheimer’s / A Daughter in Search of the Past, which won a 2009 Alberta Literary Award. Her collection of short stories, The Island of the Nightingales, won the Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Short Fiction. She has also published a novel, The Lion’s Mouth, which was translated in French, and a book of novellas, Whiter Shade of Pale / Becoming Emma.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Caterina Edwards, you can listen to it here (Requires Windows Media Player): Brown Bag lunch reading with Caterina Edwards

Friday, September 18, 2009
Canadian Literature Centre Open House

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Time: 10:00am

Place: Canadian Literature Centre (4-115 Humanities Centre)

Attention writers, scholars, fans and friends of Canadian Literature:

Please join us this coming Friday, September 18th, for the Canadian Literature Centre’s Open House in celebration of Alberta Arts Days.

You are most welcome to drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for coffee and cookies. Browse our library, chat with us, and find out what exciting activities we have planned for 2009/2010. And don’t forget to sign up for the door prize

The CLC is located on the North Campus of the University of Alberta, in 4-115 Humanities Building.

Sunday, May 31, 2009
Women’s Words Opening Reception

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Time: 5:00 p.m.

Place: Room 2-922 Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

Please join us for the opening reception of Women’s Words: Summer Writing Week 2009, organized by the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. A celebration of published works by previous Women’s Words participants, the opening reception is open to the public and admission is FREE. The Canadian Literature Centre is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event. For more information, please visit www.womenswords.ca.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Fundraising Event
Magnifique Wine and Cheese Fantasmagoria!

Time: 6:00pm

Place: Grand Salon, Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, 8406, Marie-Anne-Gaboury Street (91 Street)

Proceeds will benefit the Canadian Literature Centre and the Canadian Studies Institute.

The Honourable Jim Edwards, Honorary President, and Claude Couture, Ph.D., Director of the Canadian Studies Institute, in collaboration with Marie Carrière, Ph.D., Director of the Canadian Literature Centre, invite you to come and enjoy a whole gourmet French-style meal composed of 10 exclusive cheeses all accompanied by great breads, fruits, vegetables, chocolate, paired with 10 great wines. The sommelier and the maître-affineur who selected the wines and cheeses will be there to share their secrets on pairing wine and cheese.

Invitation and Menu available here (pdf)

For more information, please contact Marie-Claude Levert at (780)485-8635 or levert@ualberta.ca, or visit the Canadian Studies Institute website.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Brown Bag Poetry Reading with Rita Espeschit and Peter Midgley

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Time: 11:30 a.m.

Place: Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Please join the Canadian Literature Centre for a Brown Bag Poetry Reading by two talented writers, Peter Midgley of the University of Alberta Press and Edmonton’s PEN Canada Writer-in-Exile, Rita Espeschit, as part of the 2009 Edmonton Poetry Festival (April 23-26). Refreshments will be served, entrance is free and all are welcome.

 

 

About the Authors:

rita-web An established writer and journalist in Brazil, Rita Espeschit is the author of two poetry collections and of thirteen literature books for children published in Portuguese. She’s the co-author of a school dictionary and of a series of eight Portuguese language-arts textbooks for children in grades one to eight. Rita is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Jabuti National Prize (the most important literary prize in Brazil), and the Coca-Cola Environmental Award for Children’s Theatre (for the play Terra azul!, presented at UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992). She is also the author of staged plays and the screenwriter of videos for children. One of these videos, “Erehe Krenak,” is an animated movie selected to Havana’s International Film Festival in 1999. Rita left a senior position as an editor with a Brazilian publishing house to move to Canada in 2001. Since then, she began to build her career in Alberta. Her play, They’re Not Like You and Me, was produced at the Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids in Edmonton. She won first prize in the Poetry by New Canadians competition, for the poem A Guide for an ESL-Friendly Language. She is a contributor to the book The Story that Brought me Here (Brindle & Glass, 2008), and had poems appearing in “WestWord Magazine,” “Other Voices Journal of the Literary Arts” and “Take the Poetry Route” (a project by ETS and Edmonton Council for the Arts that displays poems on transit vehicles in Edmonton). She is Edmonton’s PEN Canada Writer in Exile for 2008/2009.

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Peter Midgley‘s first children’s book, Thuli’s Mattress, appeared in 1995 as part a collaborative literacy project initiated by the READ and Little Library organizations. Thuli’s Mattress won the 1996 IBBY-Asahi Award for Literacy Promotion and has subsequently been translated into nineteen African languages. His other children’s books are B for Bullfrog and Vusi’s Long Wait, which was translated into isiXhosa in 2007. His first play, Archetypes, was performed at the Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown in 1988. Namlish, a political farce about Namibian independence, premiered at the Space Theatre in Windhoek and was voted Namibian Viewers’ Choice for 1990. Peter writes in both English and Afrikaans and his poetry has appeared in the South African journal, “Literator” and in The Story that Brought Me Here: To Edmonton from Everywhere. Several new poems will be included in the forthcoming edition of “New Coin,” South Africa’s premier literary arts magazine. Today’s poems come from his bilingual volume, perhaps i should / miskien moet ek, which he is preparing for publication. Peter is also working on a book-length project, A Truce Stranger than Fiction: Reflections on Namibian Independence.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Curtis Gillespie

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the seventh in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Curtis Gillespie’s most recent novel is the acclaimed Crown Shyness. He is the author of a memoir, Playing Through, and of The Progress of an Object in Motion, a collection of short stories which won the Henry Kreisel Award. He has won three National Magazine Awards for his journalism.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Gisèle Villeneuve

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: 4-29 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Please join us for the sixth in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Gisèle Villeneuve’s latest novel, Visiting Elizabeth, is her most complex hybrid of English and French to date. Her other works include the novel Rumeurs de la haute maison, the French translation of Marie Moser’s novel Counterpoint, and the stage plays, La génération velcro and Oldest Woman in the World.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Gisèle Villeneuve, you can listen to it here:
Brown Bag lunch reading with Gisèle Villeneuve

Thursday, March 19, 2009
4 Voix, 4 Voies
Semaine nationale de la francophonie

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Time: 5:00pm

Place: Grand Salon, Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta

Four bilingual women living in Edmonton come together to explore themes common to their francophone origins from across Canada: Jocelyne Verret (Maritimes), Magali Laplane-Gibbins (France), Pierrette Requier (Alberta) and Josée Thibeault (Québec). Joining them for the occasion are Anna-Marie Sewell (in Micmac) and Naomi McIlwraith (in Cree). Marc de Montigny (saxophone) and Ernest Chiasson (native american drum) providing musical bridges.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Panel du CLC

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Time: 5:00pm

Place: Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta

Panel discussion, “Rethinking Western Francophone Literature” with: Paul Dubé, Daniel Laforest, Jerry White and Marie Carrière, moderated by Pamela Sing (members of the Canadian Literature Centre)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Todd Babiak

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Edmonton Public Library, 7 Winston Churchill Square

Please join us for the fifth in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Todd Babiak was nominated for the Giller Prize for his novels, The Book of Stanley and The Garneau Block, which won the City of Edmonton Book Prize. His first novel, Choke Hold, won the Henry Kreisel Award. He is also a screenwriter and writes a column for The Edmonton Journal.

Thursday, March 5, 2009
2009 Kreisel Lecture with Dany Laferrière

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Time: 7:30pm

Place: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta. Corner of 87 Ave. & 112 St.

The Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature Canadienne is pleased to present the Henry Kreisel Lecture Series, a forum for open, inclusive critical thinking, and a tribute to Henry Kreisel himself.

Next Kreisel Lecturer: Dany Laferrière

Lecture to be delivered at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Timms Centre for the Arts.

Unconventional, controversial, prolific and immensely talented, Dany Laferrière was born in Haiti and adopted Québec as his new home. He achieved critical fame with his first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired. With humour and clarity, his work examines Haitian, Quebec and North American society and inter-racial relationships.

Listen to the 2009 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture given by Dany Laferrière here:

Dany Laferrière, March 5 2009

To hear Dany Laferrière’s interview on Radio-Canada’s Le café show with Michel Charron, click here: Radio-Canada.ca.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Paulette Dubé

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fourth in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Paulette Dubé’s first novel, Talon, was short-listed for a number of literary awards. Her collections of poetry include First Mountain, The Weight of Rocks, Playing the Hand, and The House Weighs Heavy. Among many others, she won the Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry Award.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Paulette Dubé, you can listen to it here:

Brown Bag lunch reading with Paulette Dubé

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Gloria Sawai

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

For her debut collection of short stories, A Song for Nettie Johnson, Gloria Sawai won the 2002 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and many other prizes. Her most famous short story, “The Day I Sat With Jesus On the Sun Deck And A Wind Came Up And Blew My Kimono Open And He Saw My Breasts,” has appeared in a dozen anthologies. Her drama scripts have been produced by the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, among other Alberta theatre companies.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Nduka Otiono

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the second in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Nduka Otiono’s first book is a collection of short stories, The Night Hides with a Knife, which jointly won the ANA/Spectrum Prize. His second book is a poetry collection, Voices in the Rainbow, and was nominated for the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize. Love in a Time of Nightmares is the title of his latest book of poems.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Winter Brown Bag Events

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

January 28 — Nduka Otiono

February 11 — Gloria Sawai

February 25 — Paulette Dubé

March 11 — Todd Babiak

March 25 — Gisèle Villeneuve

April 8 — Curtis Gillespie

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Brown Bag Lunch with Thomas Wharton

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch with Eileen Lohka

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the sixth in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch with Alice Major

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fifth in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch with Alice Major, you can listen to it here:

Brown Bag lunch reading with Alice Major

Friday, November 14, 2008
PAGES Forum

Time: 3:30pm

Place: Stanley A. Milner Library, room TBA

PAGES Forum – A learning forum on supporting readers through partnerships Eleanor Wachtel, “The Lives of Writers”. Click here for full PAGES program: http://pages.sclibrary.ab.ca/program.htm

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch with rob mclennan

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fourth in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch with Marty Chan

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Monday, October 20, 2008
Visiting Lecturers: Dany Laferrière or, Conquering America through Text and Film

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Time: 4:00pm

Place: Humanities Centre, L-4 (main floor), University of Alberta

Dr. Ursula Moser, University of Innsbruck, author of Visiting Lecturers: Dany Laferrière: La derive américaine, will lead a discussion on Comment conquérir l’Amérique en une nuit, a film written and directed by Dany Laferrière

For more information, please contact Dr. Marie Carrière, CLC Director (carriere@ualberta.ca) 780.248.1245

Sunday, October 19, 2008
Joseph Boyden – Reading and Book Signing

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Time: 7:30pm

Place: The ARTery, 9535 Jasper Ave., Edmonton

Joseph Boyden, acclaimed author of Three Day Road will be reading from his new novel, Through Black Spruce.

A wine & cheese reception will follow the reading. Admission is free. All are welcome.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch with France Levasseur-Ouimet

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the second in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Monday, October 6, 2008
Visiting Lecturers: Canadian Literature in China

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Time: 3:00pm

Place: Senate Chamber, Arts Building (Old Arts), University of Alberta

Translating Canada: Studies of Canadian Literature in China (Dr. He Ning, Nanjing University)

Identity and the Third Space in Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family, In the Skin of the Lion, and The English Patient (Dr. Yao Yuan, Nanjing University).

For more information, please contact Dr. Marie Carrière, CLC Director (carriere@ualberta.ca) 780.248.1245

Friday, October 3, 2008
Blue Pencil Café: with Minister Faust

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Time: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author!

Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing or chat about the literary scene.

The Blue Pencil Café is informal, informative and…FREE!

Open to U of A Students, WGA members, and the public. Writing samples must be either creative writing pieces or essays on a humanities subject. 12 timeslots available each day. Reserve your spot now!

For more information, please contact Dr. Marie Carrière, CLC Director (carriere@ualberta.ca) 780.248.1245

Thursday, October 2, 2008
Blue Pencil Café: with Nina Newington

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Time: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm

Place: CLC Office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author!

Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing or chat about the literary scene.

The Blue Pencil Café is informal, informative and…FREE!

Open to U of A Students, WGA members, and the public. Writing samples must be either creative writing pieces or essays on a humanities subject. 12 timeslots available each day. Reserve your spot now!

For more information, please contact Dr. Marie Carrière, CLC Director (carriere@ualberta.ca) 780.248.1245

Monday, September 29, 2008
Danielle Schaub

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Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Arts Building Senate Chamber, University of Alberta

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture by Dr. Danielle Schaub, University of Haifa, on the work of Nancy Huston. The lecture will be delivered in French. Discussion in English and French will follow.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch with Jacqueline Baker

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Time: 12:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

We will be joined by Jacqueline Baker, author of A Hard Witching and Other Stories, which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction. She has been the writer-in-residence at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her most recent novel, The Horseman’s Graves, was a Canadian bestseller.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Round Table Discussion: Literary Landscapes in Alberta

Time: 2:30pm

Place: Arts Building, Senate Chamber, University of Alberta

Intercultural Canadian Studies: Social and Cultural Interaction and Literary Landscapes in the Canadian West (Hosted by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies)

Participants:
Doug Barbour
Ted Blodgett
Myrna Kostash
Pamela Sing
Todd Babiak

Monday, April 14, 2008
Wine & Cheese with Bill New

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Time: 4:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for a wine & cheese celebration for

W. H. (BILL) NEW, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

in recognition of his generous donation of Commonwealth & Postcolonial books to the University of Alberta.

Author and editor of over 50 monographs, edited collections, and anthologies of Canadian and Commonwealth literary criticism, editor of the scholarly journal Canadian Literature from 1977-95, author of six books of poetry and three works of children’s literature, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Officer of the Order of Canada, W.H. (Bill) New is one of Canada’s best-known literary scholars and teachers.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
2008 Kreisel Lecture

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Time: 7:30pm

Place: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta. Corner of 87 Ave. & 112 St.

The Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature Canadienne at the University of Alberta invites you to the 2008 Kreisel Lecture, presented by Wayne Johnston.

Sunday, November 25, 2007
Fatale: A Dangerous Night of Femme Performance

Time: 7:30pm (doors at 7:00)

Place: Latitude 53 10248-106 Street

A part of Exposure: Edmonton’s Queer Arts and Culture Festival, Fatale will make you wish that you were living your own film noir. On this night, poetry walks in stilletos and prose wears pearls. Featuring performances by David Bateman, Anna Camilleri, T.L. Cowan and Val Desjardins and hosted by Anne Whitelaw. Fatale is sponsored by the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta. For further information click here.

Friday, September 28, 2007
A Visit with Derek Walcott

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Time: 4:30pm (steelband at 4:00)

Place: Convocation Hall in the U of Arts Building

On behalf of Professors Jennifer Kelly and Malinda Smith with the Caribbean and African Diasporic Initiatives program at the U of A, and the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne in the Faculty of Arts, I write to invite you to a truly exciting cultural and literary event on campus on Friday, September 28th at 4.30 p.m.: a reading by Nobel Prize winning Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott. The reading will be preceded by a steelband presentation at 4.00 p.m. and followed by a question & answer session, a reception, and a book signing. The event is free, and all are welcome.

This event takes place at Convocation Hall in the U of Arts Building. It’s free of charge, and everyone is welcome.

Derek Walcott, an award-winning poet, playwright and visual artist, is widely celebrated as one of the most accomplished literary writers of our times. Born in St Lucia, he studied languages and literature at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and theatre in the United States. He has published over 20 collections of poetry and verse, including In a Green Night: Poems 1948 1960 (1962); The Castaway (1965), Sea Grapes (1976), Collected Poems, 1948 1984 (1986); Omeros (1990), and Selected Poems (2007). Founder of St. Lucia’s Arts Guild and Theatre Workshops in Trinidad and Boston, Walcott also has published over 30 plays, among them, Dream on Monkey Mountain (1967), Ti-Jean and His Brothers (1958); Pantomime (1978); and The Odyssey: A Stage Version (1993), which is currently playing at Statford’s Festival Studio Theatre. His enchanting watercolours of Caribbean life are exhibited at June Kelly Gallery in SoHo. His collaboration with Paul Simon led to a 1998 Tony Award nomination for Best Original Musical Score for “The Capeman.” He is the recipient of the Obie Award for Distinguished foreign play, the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, the Royal Society of Literature Award, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Derek Walcott currently spends his time in Boston, New York and Trinidad & Tobago.

This event is hosted by the Caribbean and African Diasporic Initiatives program (CADI) and the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de litterature canadienne (CLC), and sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Faculties of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Department of Political Science,. the Department of English and Film Studies, the Office of Human Rights, the Edmonton Journal, and Hole’s Greenhouse and Gardens.

For further information, please contact Malinda Smith at malinda.smith@ualberta.ca (780 492 5380), Jennifer Kelly at jrkelly@ualberta.ca (780 492 4229) or Stephen Slemon at stephen.slemon@ualberta.ca (780 492 7846).

Thursday, March 29, 2007
A Blue Pencil Café!

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Time: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm

Place: at the CLC Storefront (8917 Hub Mall), University of Alberta

Please Join us with award-winning author Thomas Trofimuk and spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author! Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene.

Open to U of A students, WGA members and the public. The Blue Pencil Café is Free!

Writing samples must be either creative pieces or essays on a humanities subject.

12 timeslots available. Reserve your spot now!

For more information or to register, contact the Writers Guild of Alberta at (780)422-8174 or email us: admin@writersguild.ab.ca

The event is being co-sponsored by Writers Guild of Alberta and Canadian Literature Centre.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Mushkegowuk to New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway

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Time: from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Place: Convocation Hall at the University of Alberta

Please join us for the CLC’s annual flagship event, the 2007 Henry Kreisel Lecture. This year’s lecturer will be Joseph Boyden, acclaimed author of the prize-winning novel Three Day Road.

Mr. Boyden’s lecture will explore the similarities and differences between Northern Ontario and Louisiana including the social ills of these two different places and the similar social fabric of two cultures–New Orleans African American and Native Canadian.

The event is being co-sponsored by Canadian Literature Centre and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

Reception and book-signing to follow! Everyone is welcome to this, and admission is free!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us via canlit@ualberta.ca.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Please join us for a truly celebratory event: the launch of his new novel Ragged Islands by the distinguished playwright, novelist, and director Don Hannah.

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Time: noon

Place: in the Timms Centre lobby, University of Alberta

Don Hannah is this year’s Lee Playwright in Residence at theUniversity of Alberta. Don will be reading from his latest book Ragged Islands and will be answering questions following the reading. Reception and booksigning will follow.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Department of Drama, the Canadian Literature Centre, the Faculty of Arts, the Lee Playwright in Residence Program, and the Timms Centre.

Everyone is welcome to this, and admission is free!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us via canlit@ualberta.ca.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007
Whose Story Now: Noah Richler’s Search for a National Literature

Richler
Time: Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 7p.m.

Place: At the Art Gallery of Alberta, #2 Winston Churchill Square

Please join us for a panel discussion on Noah Richler\’s recent book This Is My Country, What\’s Yours? Richler writes in search of a Canadian national literature, one told through its divergent stories, and his bold attempt to constitute “a literary atlas of Canada” is provoking discussion and debate across the country. This panel will attempt to move that debate forward.

Noah will be joined on the panel by three distinguished — and entertaining — Canadian writers: Aritha van Herk (Calgary), Catherine Bush (Toronto), and Todd Babiak (Edmonton).

This event is sponsored by Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne, at the University of Alberta.

Everyone is welcome to this, and admission is free! There will be a reception and booksigning after the event.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
First Edmonton appearance of Vincent Lam!

Time: 5- 6pm

Place: At the Telus Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. 111 Street and 87 Avenue.

Details: Vincent Lam will read from his work. Book-signing and reception to follow. Admission free, and eveyone welcome.

The activity is co-sponsored by the Arts & Humanities in Heath & Medicine Program and the Canadian Literature Centre.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via canlit@ualberta.ca.

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