2008-2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Minister Faust (Malcolm Azania)


Time: 12 noon

Place: Centre Core, Stanley Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Please join us for the final reading in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Minister Faust. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Malcolm Azania’s debut novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad (Del Rey 2004) has been hailed by The New York Times Review of Books, and short-listed for the 2004 Philip K. Dick prize, the 2004 Locus Best First Novel award, and the 2004 Compton-Crook award. His second novel, From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain (Rey/Random House 2007) has also met acclaim and critical praise. Minister Faust has written drama and sketch comedy for the stage. He is one of the only radio phonic voices of the African community in Western Canada. His NCRC national award-winning news program The Terrordome is a beacon of Africentric information.

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Marina Endicott


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fifth in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Marina Endicott. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Marina Endicott’s second novel, Good to a Fault, (Freehand 2008) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Open Arms (Freehand 2001) was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel award and serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Her long poem about the Mayerthorpe incident, “The Policeman’s Wife, Some Letters,” was short-listed for the national CBC Literary Awards in 2006. She is at work on a new novel about The Belle Auroras, a sister-trio-harmony vaudeville act touring the Canadian prairies in 1909.

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Midi littéraire du CLC avec Marc Prescott


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fourth in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Marc Prescott. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Marc Prescott is a graduate of the National Theatre School in French playwriting. His plays have been produced all over Canada and abroad. He is a playwright, actor, director, translator, designer, humour columnist, and screenwriter, and the author of Sex, Lies et les Franco-Manitobains (Éditions du Blé 2001) and L’année du Big-Mac (Éditions du Blé 2007). His plays, Poissons and L’année du Big-Mac won the Masque for Best Canadian Play in 2002 and 2007 respectively. In 2006, he received the Prize of Excellence for his contribution to French-language theatre in Canada.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Shawna Lemay


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series with Shawna Lemay. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Shawna Lemay has published four books of poetry: Red Velvet Forest (Muses’ Company 2009), Blue Feast (NeWest 2005), Against Paradise (McClelland & Stewart 2001), and All the God-Sized Fruit (McGill-Queen’s 1999). Her book of essays about living with still life is titled Calm Things (Palimpsest 2008). All the God-Sized Fruit won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award (Writers Guild of Alberta). Lemay has a B.A. in Honors English and an M.A. in English, both from the University of Alberta.

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Bert Almon


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the second in our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Bert Almon has published nine collections of poetry, including Mind the Gap (Ekstatis 1996), Calling Texas (Thistledown 1990) and Deep North (Thistledown 1984). His latest book of poems, A Ghost in Waterloo Station (Brindle and Glass 2007), won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and a second poetry award from the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Earth Prime (Brick Books 1994) also won an Alberta Literary Award. He recently received the Arts and Culture Citation from the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence. His poems have appeared in hundreds of periodicals and many anthologies. He has held a Senior Arts Grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, a Canada Council Grant, and a Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship.

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Caterina Edwards


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first of our Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Caterina Edwards’ latest book is a work of creative non-fiction, Finding Rosa: A Mother with Alzheimer’s / A Daughter in Search of the Past, which won a 2009 Alberta Literary Award. Her collection of short stories, The Island of the Nightingales, won the Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Short Fiction. She has also published a novel, The Lion’s Mouth, which was translated in French, and a book of novellas, Whiter Shade of Pale / Becoming Emma.

 

 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Edmonton Poetry Festival/CLC Brown Bag Lunch Poetry Reading with Rita Espeschit and Peter Midgley


Time: 11:30 AM

Place: Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Please join the Canadian Literature Centre for a Brown Bag Poetry Reading by two talented writers, Peter Midgley of the University of Alberta Press and Edmonton’s PEN Canada Writer-in-Exile, Rita Espeschit, as part of the 2009 Edmonton Poetry Festival (April 23-26). Refreshments will be served, entrance is free and all are welcome.

About the Authors:

An established writer and journalist in Brazil, Rita Espeschit is the author of two poetry collections and of thirteen literature books for children published in Portuguese. She’s the co-author of a school dictionary and of a series of eight Portuguese language-arts textbooks for children in grades one to eight. Rita is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Jabuti National Prize (the most important literary prize in Brazil), and the Coca-Cola Environmental Award for Children’s Theatre (for the play Terra azul!, presented at UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992). She is also the author of staged plays and the screenwriter of videos for children. One of these videos, “Erehe Krenak,” is an animated movie selected to Havana’s International Film Festival in 1999. Rita left a senior position as an editor with a Brazilian publishing house to move to Canada in 2001. Since then, she began to build her career in Alberta. Her play, They’re Not Like You and Me, was produced at the Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids in Edmonton. She won first prize in the Poetry by New Canadians competition, for the poem "A Guide for an ESL-Friendly Language". She is a contributor to the book The Story that Brought me Here (Brindle & Glass, 2008), and had poems appearing in “WestWord Magazine,” “Other Voices Journal of the Literary Arts” and “Take the Poetry Route” (a project by ETS and Edmonton Council for the Arts that displays poems on transit vehicles in Edmonton). She is Edmonton’s PEN Canada Writer in Exile for 2008/2009.


Peter Midgley‘s first children’s book, Thuli’s Mattress, appeared in 1995 as part a collaborative literacy project initiated by the READ and Little Library organizations. Thuli’s Mattress won the 1996 IBBY-Asahi Award for Literacy Promotion and has subsequently been translated into nineteen African languages. His other children’s books are B for Bullfrog and Vusi’s Long Wait, which was translated into isiXhosa in 2007. His first play, Archetypes, was performed at the Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown in 1988. Namlish, a political farce about Namibian independence, premiered at the Space Theatre in Windhoek and was voted Namibian Viewers’ Choice for 1990. Peter writes in both English and Afrikaans and his poetry has appeared in the South African journal, “Literator” and in The Story that Brought Me Here: To Edmonton from Everywhere. Several new poems will be included in the forthcoming edition of “New Coin,” South Africa’s premier literary arts magazine. Today’s poems come from his bilingual volume, perhaps i should / miskien moet ek, which he is preparing for publication. Peter is also working on a book-length project, A Truce Stranger than Fiction: Reflections on Namibian Independence.

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Curtis Gillespie


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the seventh in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Curtis Gillespie’s most recent novel is the acclaimed Crown Shyness. He is the author of a memoir, Playing Through, and of The Progress of an Object in Motion, a collection of short stories which won the Henry Kreisel Award. He has won three National Magazine Awards for his journalism.

 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Gisèle Villeneuve


Time: 12 noon

Place: 4-29 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Please join us for the sixth in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Gisèle Villeneuve’s latest novel, Visiting Elizabeth, is her most complex hybrid of English and French to date. Her other works include the novel Rumeurs de la haute maison, the French translation of Marie Moser’s novel Counterpoint, and the stage plays, La génération velcro and Oldest Woman in the World.

 

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Todd Babiak


Time: 12 noon

Place: Edmonton Public Library, 7 Winston Churchill Square

Please join us for the fifth in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Todd Babiak was nominated for the Giller Prize for his novels, The Book of Stanley and The Garneau Block, which won the City of Edmonton Book Prize. His first novel, Choke Hold, won the Henry Kreisel Award. He is also a screenwriter and writes a column for The Edmonton Journal.

 

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Paulette Dubé


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fourth in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Paulette Dubé’s first novel, Talon, was short-listed for a number of literary awards. Her collections of poetry include First Mountain, The Weight of Rocks, Playing the Hand, and The House Weighs Heavy. Among many others, she won the Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry Award.

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Gloria Sawai


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

For her debut collection of short stories, A Song for Nettie Johnson, Gloria Sawai won the 2002 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and many other prizes. Her most famous short story, “The Day I Sat With Jesus On the Sun Deck And A Wind Came Up And Blew My Kimono Open And He Saw My Breasts,” has appeared in a dozen anthologies. Her drama scripts have been produced by the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, among other Alberta theatre companies.

 

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Nduka Otiono


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the second in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Nduka Otiono’s first book is a collection of short stories, The Night Hides with a Knife, which jointly won the ANA/Spectrum Prize. His second book is a poetry collection, Voices in the Rainbow, and was nominated for the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize. Love in a Time of Nightmares is the title of his latest book of poems.

 

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Thomas Wharton


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first in our Winter 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Eileen Lohka


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the sixth in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Alice Major


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fifth in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with rob mclennan


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the fourth in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Marty Chan


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the third in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with France Levasseur-Ouimet


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the second in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Jacqueline Baker


Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for the first in our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Admission is free and there will be Door Prizes.

Jacqueline Baker is the author of A Hard Witching and Other Stories, which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction. She has been the writer-in-residence at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her most recent novel, The Horseman’s Graves, was a Canadian bestseller.