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Canadian Authors Series
Now in it’s 23rd year, the renowned Canadian Authors Series is confirming readings for its 2016-2017 season. Become a member and enjoy seven great evenings of entertainment that include wine, food, live music, an author reading, an engaging question and answer period and a book signing. All of this takes place in a haunted, but lovely, Victorian mansion featuring a 265-seat theatre!
From September to May on the last Thursday of the month, we bring in the greats of Canadian literature to the Roselawn Centre for the Living Arts, to read from their books, talk about their work, exchange dialogue with the audience and autograph books afterward.
In past seasons we were fortunate to welcome some of Canada’s finest writers including Margaret Atwood, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Lawrence Hill, Pierre Burton, Mordecai Richler, Farley Mowat, Conrad Black, as well as colourful personalities such as Clara Hughes, Peter Mansbridge, Stuart McLean, George Chuvalo, Dr. David Suzuki, Mary Walsh, Rex Murphy and Margaret Trudeau
September 29, 2016 - William Thomas “The Legend of Zippy Chippy”
Creator and former host of The Canadian Authors Series
His new book is entitled The Legend of Zippy Chippy
From acclaimed humorist William Thomas comes the funny yet poignant story of a thoroughbred racehorse that lost 100 races in a row -- but, in everyone's eyes, became the ultimate winner.
October 27, 2016 - Yann Martel "The High Mountains of Portugal"
Yann Martel is best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel "Life of Pi", a #1 international bestseller. This book was made into a major motion picture that won four Oscars at the Academy Awards in 2013. His new book "The High Mountains of Portugal" is getting great reviews and is on bestseller lists everywhere.
Thursday, Nov. 24 - Gary Barwin "Yiddish for Pirates"
Gary Barwin. "Yiddish for Pirates" - Shortlisted for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award.
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist and the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include Yiddish for Pirates, the short fiction collection, I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457, and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library and has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He is writer-in-residence at several shelters/custody facilities with ArtForms’ “Writers in the House” program for at-risk youth.
February 23, 2017 - Craig Davidson "Precious Cargo"
"Precious Cargo" is the name of his new book. Here is a heartfelt, funny and surprising memoir about one year spent driving a bus full of children with special needs. With his last novel, Cataract City, Craig Davidson was nominated for the Giller Prize and established himself as one of Canadas most talented novelists. His novel Rust and Bone was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film.
Thursday, March 30 - To Be Announced
Thursday, April 27- To Be Announced
May 25, 2017 - Carol Off
Carol Off is an award-winning television journalist, radio journalist and author. She has been a host of CBC Radio's As It Happens since 2006. As a documentary reporter for The National, she produced seven award-winning documentaries. She has written several award-winning books including The Lion, the Fox, and the Eagle. Carol Off has won numerous awards for television and radio work, among them: a Gemini; two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television; a selected screening at the Monte Carlo Television Festival; several awards and citations from the Columbia Television awards; a Gabriel award; a B'nai Brith Award and number of awards and citations.
Tasting at 7 p.m. - Reading at 8 p.m.
Roselawn Centre for the Living Arts
Books and Tickets
Featured author's books are available at Roselawn the night of the reading, or for advance purchase at:
192 West Street, Port Colborne
Seasons Passes are $160 for all seven events. Single tickets are $30.
Tickets may be purchased at:
Port Colborne Public Library 905-834-6512
or by e-mail CanadianAuthorsSeries@gmail.com or by calling 905-788-5345