William Thomas' Canadian Authors Series, later called Reading’s at The Roselawn was conceived on September 8th, 1994 at a public meeting to confirm a capital grant of $150,000 for the Roselawn Centre, effectively transforming it from the Port Colborne Club to the gorgeous little theater that it is. To win the day, promises were made to create a hub of activity at the Roselawn. William promised to create a Canadian Authors Series. That same year he did the first reading himself in a sold-out Presidents room. Never looking back, the series flourished in a sold out 300 seat theatre. Precious moments of those 20 years can be seen at the Port Colborne Library where William’s collection of 110 photos of some of Canada’s greatest writers will be unveiled for the public on Thursday May 7th, 2015 where they will remain on display indefinitely.
William Thomas is an award winning author, scriptwriter, and a nationally syndicated humour columnist.
He is the author of ten books of humor including "The Dog Rules - Damn Near Everything!" The story of his unfaithful dog Jake enjoyed 49 straight weeks at number one on everybody's bestseller list including The National Post, The Toronto Star, The Globe And Mail and MACLEAN'S magazine.
William has been nominated twice for the prestigious Gemini Award for writing movies for television. Recently, William’s work was included in the Great Canadian Anthology Of Humour along with 50 of the best humour writers in Canada, from Stephen Leacock to today. In addition to the 50 newspapers that carry his weekly column, William was the senior writer for Niagara Life Magazine and Forever Young Monthly.
William’s new book - "America’s Lovable Loser - The World’s Worst Racehorse And The Lessons In Life He Taught Us" is published by McLelland & Stewart/Random House both in Toronto and New York.