The 2014-2015 reading series promises to be as exciting as ever. This year’s list of prestigious writers includes the following:
FALL TERM 2014
Mark Lavorato, 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm, Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Bishop’s University Bookstore. Sponsored by the Quebec Writers Federation (Writers Out Loud), Université de Sherbrooke, Academic Enrichment (Bishop’s University), and the Department of English (Bishop’s University).
Mark Lavorato is the author of three novels, Serafim & Claire (House of Anansi, 2014), Believing Cedric (Brindle & Glass, 2011), and Veracity (Rain Publishing, 2007). His debut collection of poetry, Wayworn Wooden Floors (Porcupine’s Quill, 2012), was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award. [www.marklavorato.com]
Madeleine Thien, 4:30-5:30, Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at Bishop’s University Bookstore. Sponsored by Academic Enrichment (Bishop’s University), Department of English (Bishop’s University), and the Speakers’ Committee.
Madeleine Thien is the author of three books of fiction, including her most recent novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, which was a finalist of the 2014 International Literature Prize awarded in Berlin. She is a recipient of the City of Vancouver Book Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the Ovid Festival Prize, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, PEN America, Asia Literary Review, Brick and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into 22 languages.
Since 2010, she has been part of the International Faculty in the MFA program at City University of Hong Kong. She is currently Writer-in-residence at the University of Guelph and, with novelist Rawi Hage, the inaugural Shadbolt Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University. [www.dogsattheperimeter.com]
WINTER TERM 2015
Claire Holden Rothman
Claire Holden Rothman, 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm, Friday, February 13, 2015 at Bishop’s University Bookstore. Sponsored by Academic Enrichment (Bishop’s University), Department of English (Bishop’s University), and the Speakers’ Committee.
Claire Holden Rothman is the author of two story collections and a best-selling novel, The Heart Specialist, long-listed for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize and published in six countries. Her translation of Canada’s first novel, L’influence d’un livre (The Influence of a Book) by Philippe-Ignace-François Aubert de Gaspé, won the John Glassco Translation Prize. Her latest novel, My October, takes place in Montreal during the October Crisis in 1970. She lives in Montreal with playwright Arthur Holden. [www.claireholdenrothman.com]
Jason Camlot, QUEUC (date TBA) at Bishop’s University Bookstore. Sponsored by Academic Enrichment (Bishop’s University), and the Department of English (Bishop’s University).
Jason Camlot is the author of four collections of poetry, The Debaucher (2008, Insomniac Press) Attention All Typewriters (2005, DC Books), The Animal Library (2001, DC Books), and, most recently, What the World Said (Mansfield, 2013). His critical works include Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic (Ashgate, 2008) and the co-edited collection of essays, Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the Twenty-First Century (Véhicule Press, 2007). His recent research and creative projects have focused on the history of literary sound recordings, the digital presentation of analogue documentary poetry readings (see, for example, http://spokenweb.ca), as well as digital poetry (http://tickertext.concordia.ca) and game design (http://ludicvoice.concordia.ca). He is an Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University in Montreal. [www.jasoncamlot.com]