Port Colborne
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Canadian Authors Series


Port Colborne’s Canadian Authors Series -  

New Host and an Award Winning Line up of Talent 

Take an irreverent and beautiful Muslim woman, a much loved Canadian iconic writer and the funniest Mennonite ever to be shunned by her community and ... what do you have? Clearly one of the most exciting and eclectic seasons ever at Port Colborne’s Canadian Authors Series. 

On Thursday, September 25, author and director of CBC’s smash hit comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie takes to the Roselawn stage. In her new book Laughing All The Way To The Mosque, filmmaker Zarqa Nawas will captivate the audience with her unique brand of religious humour.  “My father says it’s okay to eat at McDonalds, as long as you eat the McFish”. 

On Thursday, October 30, “One of the exceptional writers of our time”, according to the legendary Alistair MacLeod will once again grace the stage of the Roselawn.  David Adams Richards writes riveting stories within heartbreaking novels and Crimes Against My Brotheris no exception.   Indeed, it is exceptional.  Said the National Post : “The word masterpiece is not too strong.”   

On Thursday November 27, Canada’s bad girl of Mennonites comes back to Port Colborne.  There may not be another author in the world who can, in one book, cause the reader to laugh out loud while recalling the true story of a sibling slowly slipping into suicide.  Miriam Toews is that kind of word magician and All My Puny Sorrows is a wonderful, hilarious, and remarkable book. 

With Gill Deacon, Linden MacIntyre, and Andrew Pyper already confirmed for 2015, the series continues to take place at Roselawn on the last Thursday of the month in September, October, November, February, March, April and May. The subscription fee for the season’s seven authors is $160, which includes the Seven O’ clock Tasting with the live music of our houseband SOUNDSCAPE, as well as the chance to meet the author and get an autographed copy of the book. 

At the end of last season, award-winning humour writer, William Thomas stepped down as host after 20 years of making our audiences laugh, and think and okay, just laugh.  He since turned over the podium to the very capable artist and educator Elizabeth  Madronich who has spent 15 years organizing this series’ receptions and handling the Green Room.  “Putzy” heads up the same team of dedicated volunteers and is supported by four Port Colborne families who continue to sponsor this event which has been lauded by people in the publishing industry as “the best author’s series in Canada.” 

Putzy says that she is thrilled to have all the volunteers back on board this year. “They are an amazing group of dedicated hard working people, a great team! Each has a role that is crucial in the series’ success. This series would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors: John and Roseanne Marsh, George Emerick and Cindi Pohonick-Talbot, John and Darlene Tuck and the Boggio Family of Pharmacies. 

As usual the author’s books will be on sale to the public at Don and Lisa Gram’s CREWS QUARTERS on West Street. 

A dazzling evening of live entertainment at a very modest price -----please join us for a great season of fun, music and literature. 

Remaining season’s passes are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  Seven evenings, both readings and tastings are $160.  Please email canadianauthorsseries@gmail.com to request tickets (or leave a brief message at 905 835-2581).  Please join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCanadianAuthorsSeries

2014/2015 Series Poster 

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