Featured Author's books are available at a discount at Roselawn the night of Readings.
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Single tickets available at
Port Colborne Public Library
or reserve by phone or email
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7 Unforgettable Nights Each Season
Our 25th Season Continues
Thursday, September 27, 2018: Giles Blunt
Talk at 8 pm, Tastings at 7pm.
Roselawn Centre For The Living Arts
The renowned Canadian Authors Series has been called the best event of its kind in Canada by past authors. Become a member today 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!
Our first author of the season is Giles Blunt. He is an internationally known author, screenwriter and novelist. Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, and spent twenty years in New York City as a writer and a scriptwriter for such shows as Law and Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, before making his home in Toronto. He is the author of the six novels in the bestselling Cardinal crime series, featuring Algonquin Bay's John Cardinal and Lise Delorme, currently airing on CTV. He is widely considered "one of Canada's top crime novelists" (the Globe and Mail) and among "crime drama's elite" (Publishers Weekly). He is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel and a recipient of the British Crime Writers' Macallan Silver Dagger. He was also nominated for the Dublin IMPAC award twice. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Education from Nipissing University. His latest novel is Blackfly Season.
For TUESDAY, November 13, 2018, we are pleased to announce Canadian astronaut Dr. David Williams. He is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist and CEO. The former director of Space and Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, once on the Space Shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor, logging over 13 million kilometers in space and over 17 hours of space walks. He has lived and worked on the world's only undersea research habitat and is the recipient of five honorary degrees, the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He was a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions. His first spaceflight, STS-90 in 1998, was a 16-day mission aboard Space Shuttle Columbia dedicated to neuroscience research. His second flight, STS-118 in August 2007, was flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station. During that mission he performed three spacewalks, becoming the third Canadian to perform a spacewalk and setting a Canadian record for total number of spacewalks.
In 1998, Williams became the first non-American to hold a senior management position within NASA, when he held the position of Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center.
His new book is Defying Limits, Lessons from the Edge of the Universe. The book is an inspirational, uplifting, and life-affirming memoir about passion, resilience and living life to the fullest.
Also confirmed for Thursday, March 28, 2019 is Emma Donoghue. She is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. She is a prolific writer and has won numerous awards. Her 2010 novel Room was an international best seller. It won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Awards in Canada. It was also the winner of the Irish Book Award and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She later wrote the screenplay for a film version of the book, Room, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award, and was subsequently adapted into a play performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Her novel The Wonder, published in 2016, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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.
For more information on the series and tickets, visit this page and follow us on Facebook. Single evening tickets (may be) available for $30, cash only. Reserve tickets by calling 905 788-5345. The Series takes place at the Roselawn Centre in Port Colborne and each event includes a 7pm reception with a live band, an author’s presentation at 8pm, question and answer and a book signing afterwards.
Single evening tickets available at the Port Colborne Public Library.
Limited tickets are available at the door.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 - Giles Blunt
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 - TBA
TUESDAY, Nov. 13 2018 - Dave Williams
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 - TBA
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Emma Donoghue
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - TBA
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - TBA
* (Authors subject to change without notice)