The Morris House Reading Series brings both established and up-and-coming authors to Bishop’s University to present their work, answer questions, and meet with the audience during the informal reception that follows. This series is coordinated by Professor Linda Morra (Bishop’s University), with the assistance of student interns (from the Tomlinson Internship program) who help facilitate and promote the series. A new sub-series, “Between the Lines,” which began in April 2018, is comprised of a series of interviews conducted by Josh Quirion with other authors, primarily from the Eastern Townships but also from around Quebec.
Linda Morra is a Professor of English at Bishop’s University, where she teaches Canadian, Indigenous, and American literatures. She was the 2016-2017 Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at UCD, Dublin, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Unarrested Archives, was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in 2015, and her edition of Jane Rule’s Taking My Life was a finalist for the international LAMBDA prize. She has been directing the Morris House Reading Series since 2008.
Josh Quirion is a college literature professor and graduate from Concordia University’s MA of Creative Writing program. On the search for a higher power, he is a self-designated beatnik contemporary, writing primarily prose, and occasionally fiddling in the poetic arts. After having evolved as a journalist for five years, Josh discovered the subjective allowances permissible in the genre of fiction, and has soared towards those ranges hitherto. As an interviewer for the MHRSB sub-section, “Between the Lines,” Josh aspires to place at the reader’s disposition, insightful material about: local writers, their craft, and their work as it functions within the literary landscape of the twenty-first century.
MHRS is currently being funded by Bishop’s University Academic Enrichment Fund, Bishop’s University Bookstore, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Bishop’s University Speakers’ Committee.