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7 Unforgettable Nights Each Season
Our 25th Season Continues
February 28, 2019: Thea Lim
(Due To A Scheduling Conflict, the February Author has been changed)
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, 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!
Confirmed for Thursday, February 28 is Thea Lim. Her novel, "An Ocean of Minutes" was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. "Lim has it all; she's fearless, smart and writes like a dream. This is a novel I've been waiting for...an extraordinary book..." --Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her
"A time machine into the future of this moment. Gripping and graceful, it's dystopian love story as told by a visionary. [It] reads like the birth of a legend." --Mat Johnson, author of Loving Dayand Pym
"To read Thea Lim is to read the very heart of humanity--and meet the cosmopolitan future head on." --George Elliott Clarke
America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means risking everything. She agrees to a radical plan. Time travel has been invented; if she signs up for a one-way trip into the future to work as a bonded labourer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in twelve years.
But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a changed and divided America, with no status and no money, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find Frank, to discover if he is alive, and to see if their love has endured.
An Ocean of Minutes is a gorgeous, devastating novel about courage, yearning, the cost of holding onto the past--and the price of letting it go.
About the Author:
Thea Lim’s writing has been published by the Southampton Review, the Guardian, Salon, the Millions, Bitch magazine, Utne Reader, and others, and she has received multiple awards and fellowships for her work. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and she previously served as nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast.
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.
Rescheduled to Thursday, April 25 is Dave Bidini. MIDNIGHT LIGHT: A Personal Journey to the North by bestselling author Dave Bidini uses his stint as a guest columnist at the Yellowknifer newspaper to explore the "Gateway to the North," the meaning of community, and the issues facing residents and their daily lives. As a member of the legendary band the Rheostatics, Dave Bidini has had the great privilege of exploring Canada's incredible geography from coast to coast to coast. Yet, in his many travels, he'd never visited the Northwest Territories. After an all-too-brief visit to a literary festival in Yellowknife, Bidini was hooked on the place and its people. From the time he returned home, all he could do was think about going back to the North.
MIDNIGHT LIGHT is Dave Bidini's fast, funny and, at times, powerfully poignant chronicle of the incredible time he spent in the NWT. As David Bidini says: “This book, my (lucky) 13th, deals with working at a newspaper in Yellowknife as a way of discovering the North, and when it comes out [mid-September] we’ll be gearing up to launch our second year of West End Phoenix, which, last year was the only new paper launched in Canada. And, newspapers work as a glue between all the different groups in which we live.” This is the power and importance of newsprint and the printed word.
Musician, author, and filmmaker Dave Bidini is one of the founding members of Canadian rock group the Rheostatics and currently performs with Bidiniband. He is the only Canadian to have been nominated for a Genie, Gemini, Juno, as well as CBC's "Canada Reads." He has published twelve books, including Tropic of Hockey, Baseballissimo, On a Cold Road, Writing Gordon Lightfoot, and, most recently, Keon and Me.
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 an author’s presentation at 8pm, question and answer and a book signing afterwards.
Single evening tickets available at the Port Colborne Public Library.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 - Giles Blunt, "Blackfly Season:
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 - Anosh Irani "The Parcel"
TUESDAY, Nov. 13 2018 - Dr. Dave Williams
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 - Thea Lim
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Emma Donoghue
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Dave Bidini
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - TBA
* (Authors and dates subject to change without notice)
Our first author of the season was 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.
Vancouver based, Anosh Irani joined us on October 17. His novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, National Post, CBC Books and The Walrus.
“Growing up outside one of Mumbai's largest red light districts, Anosh Irani's dim childhood memories have evolved into a brilliant novel. In The Parcel, a powerful heroine spends her life searching for acceptance -- first, as a girl trapped in a boy's body, then as a sex worker on the streets of Kamathipura and finally, as a beggar desperate to shed her own skin.”
“The Parcel is a magnificent novel, with powerfully imagined characters who yanked me into their lives from the first page and would not let go of me until the last. It is bold, bawdy, tender, funny, sorrowful, all that life is made up of, and when I did reach the end I felt abandoned.”
- Anita Rau Badami
“Set amid the raucous swirl of Bombay’s Kamathipura Red Light District, The Parcel is a searing indictment of the sex trafficking industry and a compassionate portrait of a troubled but resilient community. In Madhu, the transgender, retired prostitute at the heart of the novel, Anosh Irani has created a powerful yet flawed character to steward the reader through difficult, often disturbing material. Her struggles—with her past, with the legacy she might leave behind—are rendered with honesty and grace. Harrowing, enraging, unexpectedly humorous, and also profoundly sad, The Parcel is a haunting work of fiction that illuminates the ways in which history, both political and personal, pervades the present day.”
- 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury: Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla
On November 13, 2018, we were pleased to host 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.
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.