2019/20 Readings:


ALL Events: Wine Tasting and appetizers at 7pm, Reading at 8pm. Book signing follows.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Bindu Suresh "26 Knots"

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Shilpi Somaya Gowda "The Shape Of Family"

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - Joanna Goodman "The Home For Unwanted Girls"

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Jesse Thistle "From The Ashes"

(Postponed) - Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries author

(Postponed) - Max Eisen "By Chance Alone: A Truly Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz"


* (Authors and dates subject to change without notice)


Past Readings:


2018/19 Readings:


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 - Joy Fielding


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.


Thursday, February 28 Thea Lim took the stage. Her novel, "An Ocean of Minutes" was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.


Emma Donoghue joined us on Thursday, March 28, 2019. 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.


On Thursday, April 25, Dave Bidini took the stage. 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.


Our final author for the 2018-19 season was Joy Fielding. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Daughter, She's Not There, Someone Is Watching, Charley's Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, See Jane Run and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida. Fielding took the Roselawn stage on May 30, 2019.


2017/18 Readings:


Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 - Peter Edwards

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 - Carol Off

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 - Tom Wilson

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 - Ken Dryden

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Amanda Lang

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Mary Walsh

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Adam Shoalts


2016/17 Readings:


Thursday, Sept. 29 - William Thomas. "The Legend of Zippy Chippy"

Thursday, Oct. 27 - Yann Martel "The High Mountains of Portugal"

Thursday, Nov. 24 - Gary Barwin. "Yiddish for Pirates" - on the Giller Prize Shortlist

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Craig Davidson "Precious Cargo"

Thursday, March 30 - Zoe Whittall "The Best Kind of People"

Thursday, April 27 - Barbara Gowdy "Little Sister"

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


2015/16 Season


TUESDAY, September 8, 2015 Ann-Marie MacDonald, "Adult Onset"

Thursday, October 29, 2015 ~ Ian Hamilton, "The King of Shanghai"

Thursday, November 26, 2015 Nino Ricci, "Sleep"

Thursday, February 25, 2016 ~ Hazel McCallion, "Hurricane Hazel: A Life With Purpose" (rescheduled from earlier)

Thursday, March 31, 2016 ~ Jennifer Robson, "Moonlight Over Paris"

Thursday, April 28, 2016 ~ Special Event: An Evening of Comic Writing with Terry Fallis "Poles Apart" & Robert Hough "The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan"

Thursday, May 26, 2016 ~ Clara Hughes, "Open Heart, Open Mind"


2014/15 Season


Thursday, Sept. 25 Zarqa Nawaz “Laughing All the Way to the Mosque”

Thursday, Oct. 30 David Adams Richards “Crimes Against My Brother”

Thursday, Nov. 27 Miriam Toews “All My Puny Sorrows”

Thursday, Feb. 26 Gillian Deacon “Naked Imperfection”

Thursday, March 26 Linden MacIntyre "Punishment"

Thursday, April 30 Andrew Pyper “The Damned"

Thursday, May 28  Sean Michaels "Us Conductors"

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