Port Colborne
Sunday, November 29, 2015

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 took to the Roselawn stage. In her new book Laughing All The Way To The Mosque, filmmaker Zarqa Nawas captivated 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 once again graced 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 came 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. 

On Thursday February 26 Gill Deacon read from her book Naked Imperfection.

On Thrsuday, March 26 Linden MacIntyre read from his book Punishment.

On Thursday, April 30 Andrew Pyper will join us an read from his new book The Damned.  “This novel’s on fire…Andrew Pyper knows how to whirl a complex plot into motion…but exceeds the demands of the suspense-thriller genre.  Pyper is a literary craftsman who knows what he is doing at all times, a consummate professional who, judging from The Wildfire Season, proposes to burn for a very long time, wrote The Globe and Mail.

On Thursday May 28, Seam Michaels will close out the season with a reading from his book Us Conductors.

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 visit our website at www.thecanadianauthorsseries.ca or join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCanadianAuthorsSeries

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