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7 Unforgettable Nights Each Season

Our Season Continues

May 25, 2017 - Heather O'Neill "The Lonely Hearts Hotel"


Readings at 8 pm, Tastings at 7pm.

Roselawn Centre For The Living Arts

296 Fielden Ave, Port Colborne, ON


Now in its 23rd year, the renowned Canadian Authors Series is confirming authors for its 2016-17 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. It all takes place at Roselawn Centre for the Living Arts, a haunted but lovely Victorian Mansion featuring a 265-seat theatre!


The Canadian Authors Series is one of the best venues in Canada for writers to showcase their work. From September to May, we bring in the greats of Canadian literature to Port Colborne. Join us for seven unforgettable evenings.

In past seasons we were fortunate to welcome some of Canada's finest writers including Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Mordecai Richler, Anne Marie MacDonald, Farley Mowat, Alistair MacLeod, David Adams RIchards, Conrad Black, Stevie Cameron, Lawrence Hill, humourists William Thomas and Stuart McLean. Olympians Silken Lauman and Clara Hughes and boxer George Chuvalo have taken our stage. Occasionally we've been lucky enough to present contemporary personalities such as Mike Bullard, Sandra Shamas, Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Trudeau, Mary Walsh, Rex Murphy, Lloyd Robertson, and Dr. David Suzuki.


The series has now placed 11,000 Canadian books into the hands of readers. Over the years the series donated more than $30,000 to charities including the Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre, Port Cares, Easter Seals and the United Way.


2016-17 Authors


May 25, 2017 - Heather O'Neill

On May 25th is the final author of this season, Heather O’Neill who will be reading from her novel "The Lonely Hearts Hotel." Her last two books were both shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals, won Canada Reads. It has just recently been announced that she is on the long list for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction along with Madeleine Thie"n and Margaret Atwood.


September 29 2016 - William Thomas

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 - Zoe Whittall

The Canadian Authors Series presents Giller Prize finalist, Zoe Whittall with her new book "The

Best Kind of People."


What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable? George Woodbury, an established, beloved and heroic teacher, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. While


George awaits trial, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? Whittall’s contemporary, socially relevant novel examines the effects of rape culture, focusing primarily on the perspectives of survivors of abuse and all who exist in it’s aftermath. Furthermore, the book explores the environment that cultivates and sustains sexual violence. One can’t help but notice how the plot resinates with real world events that have taken place over the last few years like the high profile cases of Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby.


“Heartbreaking and complex. The Best Kind of People offers no easy answers. This is a masterly exploration of the damage an entire community incurs when the secret at the heart of its most perfect family detonates.” - Lynn Coady, author of Hellgoing Toronto author Zoe Whittall’s new novel The Best Kind of People is the best kind of book - it’s got a compelling story, characters readers will recognize and come to love and writing that makes it effortless to turn page after page.” Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun


Zoe Whittall is a National bestselling author of three previous novels and three poetry collections. She writes for the television series Degrassi. The Best Kind of People was a Scotiabank GillerPrize finalist, and made three of the top Best Book lists.


Thursday, April 27 - Barbara Gowdy

After a ten year absence in releasing a book, the award-winning, internationally celebrated author, Barbara Gowdy is returning to the Roselawn stage on April 27, with her new novel, "Little Sister." Gowdy, is the author of seven internationally acclaimed books, is a three-time winner of the Governor General’s award, a two-time finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, winner of the Marian Engel Award and The Trillium Book Prize and has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.


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