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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Virtual Book Launch: The Collected Poetry of Carol Shields


Lovers of Carol Shields won't want to miss the virtual launch of The Collected Poetry of Carol Shields edited by U of A Professor Emerita Nora Foster Stovel and introduced by CLC Director Sarah Krotz!

Watch the dynamic event below.

Carol Shields, best known for her fiction writing, received both the Pulitzer Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her novel The Stone Diaries. But she also wrote hundreds of poems over the span of her career. The Collected Poetry of Carol Shields includes three previously published collections and over eighty unpublished poems, ranging from the early 1970s to Shields’s death in 2003.

In a detailed introduction and commentary, Nora Foster Stovel contextualizes these poems against the background of Shields’s life and oeuvre and the traditions of twentieth-century poetry. She demonstrates how poetry influenced and informed Shields’s novels; many of the poems, which constitute miniature narratives, illuminate Shields’s fiction and serve as the testing ground for metaphors she later employed in her prose works. Stovel delineates Shields’s career-long interest in character and setting, gender and class, self and other, actuality and numinousness, as well as revealing her subversive feminism, which became explicit in Reta Winter’s angry (unsent) letters in Unless and in the stories of poet Mary Swann and Daisy Goodwill in Swann and The Stone Diaries. The first complete collection of her poetry, this volume is essential for all readers of Carol Shields. Stovel’s detailed annotations, based on research in the Carol Shields fonds at Library and Archives Canada, reveal the poems in all their depth and resonance, and the dignity and consequence they afford to ordinary people.

Carol Shields (1935-2003) was an American-born Canadian award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, and poet.

Nora Foster Stovel is professor emerita, University of Alberta, and the author and editor of several books including Divining Margaret Laurence and Recognition and Revelation: Margaret Laurence’s Short Nonfiction Writings.




Thursday, November 5 & Friday, November 6, 2015

A Blue Pencil Café with Greg Bechtel & Pierrette Requier


Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.






Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Reading by Licia Canton,  Montreal Writer & Editor


Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Location: Faculty Lounge, Arts Building, Room 320, University of Alberta

Licia Canton is editor of Accenti Magazine and co-editor of Conspicuous Accents (2014), Reflections on Culture (2010), Writing Beyond History (2006) and many other books. She earned a Ph.D. from Université de Montréal and is trilingual. She was president of the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers (2010-14).

Funded by the Quebec Writers Federation and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Monday, March 23, 2015

An Evening with M. G. Vassanji – Writing Africa – “AND HOME WAS KARIAKOO: WRITING AFRICA” – BY M. G. VASSANJI


Followed by an on-stage interview with Peter Midgley
A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)

Place: Room # 9- 323 (Kule Theatre); Robbins Health Centre, Grant MacEwan University, City Centre Campus

G. Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, two travel memoirs, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. He is winner of the Giller Prize (1994, 2003) for best novel in Canada; the Governor General’s Prize (2009) for best work of nonfiction; the Harbourfront Festival Prize; the Commonwealth First Book Prize (Africa, 1990); and the Bressani Prize. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa – Part travelogue, part memoir, and part history-rarely-told, here is a powerful and timely portrait of a constantly evolving land. From a description of Zanzibar and its evolution to a visit to a slave-market town at Lake Tanganyika; from an encounter with a witchdoctor in an old coastal village to memories of his own childhood in the streets of Dar es Salaam and the suburbs of Nairobi, Vassanji combines brilliant prose, thoughtful and candid observation, and a lifetime of revisiting and reassessing the continent that molded him–and, as we discover when we follow the journeys that became this book, shapes him still.

Peter Midgley writes poetry, children’s books and nonfiction. By day, he works at the University of Alberta Press. He was born in Namibia, but now lives in Edmonton. He is the author of Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story, an account of his return to Namibia with his nineteen-year-old daughter, Sinead. He photographs birds; Sinead doesn’t. Peter’s award-winning children’s books have been translated into 28 languages. A new collection of poetry, Unquiet Bones, will appear in September 2015.


Thursday, November 13 & Friday, November 14, 2014

A Blue Pencil Café with Thea Bowering & Kimmy Beach


Time: 10 AM - 4 PM

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre

We are very excited to be hosting the Blue Pencil Café this fall in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

The featured writers are:
Thea Bowering – November 13, 2014
Kimmy Beach – November 14, 2014









Saturday, August 16, 2014

Canadian Magazines: Past, Present, Future



Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Location: Alumni House, University of Alberta

Join us for an evening of talks, readings, and displays highlighting the past, present, and future of magazines in Canada.











Thursday, March 14 & Friday, March 15, 2013

A Blue Pencil Café with Nicole Luiken & Janice MacDonald


Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.

About the authors:

Nicole Luiken is a Canadian author of science fiction/fantasy/paranormal novels for teens and adults. She worked as a library technician for several years before writing full time. She wrote her first book at age 13, and never stopped. An award-winning author, Luiken has written eight books for young adults as well as a fantasy romance ebook and adult thriller under the pseudonym N.M. Luiken. 

Janice MacDonald holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Alberta where she has worked as a sessional lecturer, radio producer and bartender. She spent a decade teaching literature, communications and creative writing at Grand MacEwan University College and has held positions as both an online chatroom monitor and distance course instructor. She also plays five-string banjo, fiddle, guitar and piano, and wrote the music and lyrics for two touring historical musicals.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.


Friday, March 8, 2013

An Evening of Inuit Literature and Performance with Spoken Word/Hip-Hop Artist Mosha Folger and MC Geothermal

Time: 7:00pm

Place: Humanities Centre L-1, University of Alberta

Doors will open at 7 pm, with the performance beginning at 7:30 pm.

Please join us for a stew and bannock feast prior to the performance, starting at 6 pm on the 2nd floor of Humanities (in the fishbowl), for featured readings by Norma Dunning and Jordan Carpenter, as well as to celebrate the launch of Stories in a New Skin: Approaches to Inuit Literature, by Dr. Keavy Martin of the Department of English and Film Studies.

The public, students, and University staff are cordially invited to attend this free event.









Friday, April 27, 2012

Edmonton Poetry Festival presents: Dionne Brand In Conversation


Time: 4:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Join one of Canada’s most celebrated poets, Griffin Prize winner and Toronto poet laureate as she reads from her work and chats with U of A Trudeau Scholar, Libe García Zarranz. A reception will follow. This event is FREE to attend.

Dionne Brand is a multi-award winning poet, essayist, and novelist. Her ten volumes of poetry include: Land to Light On, winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award; thirsty, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize; Inventory, a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Governor General’s Award; and, most recently, Ossuaries. Her most recent novel, What We All Long For, was published to great acclaim in Canada and Italy in 2005, and won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the prestigious Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and, in 2009, she was named Toronto’s Poet Laureate. In addition to her literary accomplishments, Brand is a Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Authors Cabaret & Reception

Time: 7:00pm

Place: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Dr. Eric Schloss, founder of the Canadian Literature Centre, Mrs. Elexis Schloss and Director Marie Carrière, invite you to attend an Authors Cabaret & Reception on Monday, April 16, 2012 at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Registration is $150, with a limited number of spaces for Artists ($75)and Students ($25). This event will benefit the programs of the Canadian Literature Centre. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the registration cost.

The Cabaret will feature:

Todd Babiak (Master of Ceremonies)Marina Endicott, Richard van Camp, Marty Chan, Claudine Potvin and 2012 Kreisel Lecturer Lawrence Hill

Wine selection and menu preparation by Art Gallery of Alberta Executive Chef, David Omar. Dress is business elegant.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Freedom to Read Week: a discussion with Paula Simons and Greg Hollingshead

Time: 7:00pm

Place: Law Centre 231/237, University of Alberta

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with the Canadian Literature Centre and the Writers Guild of Alberta as renowned author, Greg Hollingshead, joins his former writing student and Edmonton Journal columnist, Paula Simons, for a conversation on her experiences as a local journalist who has received both acclaim and criticism for her columns. The two literary personalities will also discuss how Freedom to Read Week is connected with freedom of expression and challenges that both novelists and journalists face once their work is published. There will be time for questions and socializing at the end.

Greg Hollingshead has published three novels and three story collections. In 1995 his third story collection, The Roaring Girl, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 1998 his novel The Healer won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. His latest novel, Bedlam (2004), was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for 2006. Greg’s work has been published in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and China. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio program at The Banff Centre. In 2007 he received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Gold Medal for Excellence in the Arts. He is currently at work on his seventh book, a novel. He lives with his wife Rosa Spricer in Edmonton. For 2011-12 he is serving as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada.

Paula Simons is the Edmonton Journal’s award-winning City columnist. A born-and-bred Edmontonian, Simons is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BA Hon.) and Stanford University (MA), as well as a former fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Over her years with the Journal, she has served as provincial affairs columnist, culture columnist and as a member of paper’s editorial board. Simons has earned five prestigious National Newspaper Award citations of merit for her editorials, columns and investigative political reporting.

About Freedom to Read Week: Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read. This is why we celebrate FTRW. For more information, check out freedomtoread.ca


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Eric Freeze reading from his inaugural collection Dominant Traits (Oberon Press)

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton)

About the Book: When Eric Freeze was still in graduate school, his teacher advised him to write about what hurt him most. “Fiction,” Freeze agreed, “needs a white-hot centre.” In Dominant Traits he examines his native Alberta, using his imagination to make the statements he wants to make. We find unusual people in unusual situations. Their bewilderment hints at the dark truth that sometimes there are no answers. And yet these are hopeful stories, stories of quiet triumph. “There is hope,” Freeze is saying, “for anyone who accepts the challenge of living, for anyone who stays the course.”

Aritha van Herk on Dominant Traits: “This is a slow dance of a collection, filled with wit, work, and the strange imperatives of authenticity, the jobs that give us blisters and epiphanies. These stories illuminate; these stories confess; these stories explore life’s crazily unexpected lessons. These stories expose themselves; these stories reveal the dismaying inadequacies we all keep buried. And yet, they paint a magical world: of beet farming and Mormons and hoodoos and Hutterites. Here is exposure as exotic as a rain forest, but set in a southern Alberta world where writing on stone and dark nights reverberate with compelling precision.”

About the Author: Eric Freeze was born in Saskatoon and raised in southern Alberta. His stories, essays, and translations have appeared in a number of journals, including Boston Review, Prairie Fire, The Southern Review, Fiddlehead and New Ohio Review. He was also a presenter and contributor to the Canadian Literature Centre’s inaugural conference, published as Transplanting Canada: Seedlings (CLC, 2009). He currently teaches creative writing at Wabash College in Indiana where he lives with his wife and three young children.


Thursday, November 17 & Friday, November 18, 2011 

A Blue Pencil Café with Wayne Arthurson & Margaret Macpherson


Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 pm / 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author. Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance, and must be no longer than five, double-spaced, typed pages.

About the authors:

Margaret Macpherson is a full-time professional writer, teacher, journalism instructor and editorial/ educational mentor. She is the sole proprietor of Edmonton-based small business, Pink Ink Inc. Margaret has a Masters of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from UBC and is widely published in newspapers and magazines both nationally and internationally. Margaret has published four non-fiction books including an award-winning biography, Nellie McClung: Voice for the Voiceless. Her collection of short stories Perilous Departures (2004), and her first novel, Released (2007) were both nominated for Manitoba Book Awards. Her latest book, a novel, Body Trade (2011) has just been released by Signature Editions. Margaret has worked as a fiction editor for three literary magazines and regularly publishes and performs poetry. She has produced one CD of original music as well as two one-act plays. She grew up in the Northwest Territories, but has lived extensively in Halifax, Bermuda, Vancouver and Nelson, BC. Margaret currently resides in Edmonton with her husband and three children.

Wayne Arthurson is a Canadian aboriginal writer with almost 25 years of professional experience. He has been a reporter, editor, communications officer, advertising copywriter, ghostwriter, freelance writer, reality show participant and novelist. He has written over 100 published articles, four history books and two novels. The first book in his Edmonton-based mystery series, Fall From Grace, was a Number 1 Bestseller in Edmonton for over six weeks during the Spring of 2011. The follow-up, A Winter Killing, will be published by Forge Books in the Spring of 2012. Wayne Arthurson is also a musician with three released CDs and one US tour under his belt.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

On lit à l’artère avec : François Paré, Pierrette Requier, et Josée Thibeault accueillis par Marie Carrière

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: The ARTery (9535 Jasper Avenue)

The Canadian Literature Centre is proud to partner with LitFest and Radio Canada to present On lit à l’artère.

Governor-General Award winner François Paré is joined by three Edmonton favourites: poet Pierrette Requier, performer and director Josée Thibeault, and musical phenom Barobliq, hosted by Marie Carrière.

Cette année, le Centre de littérature canadienne et Litfest ont le très grand plaisir de vous présenter le Festival LitFest dans les deux langues officielles, notamment trois auteurs et un musicien francophones des plus vibrants. Lauréat du Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général, François Paré sera accompagné par trois vedettes littéraires de la communauté francophone d’Edmonton : poète Pierrette Requier, l’écrivaine, la comédienne et la metteure en scène Josée Thibeault, et le compositeur-interprète Barobliq. Les artistes seront accueillis par Marie Carrière.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Authors Cabaret & Dessert Reception

Time: 7:00pm

Place: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Dr. Eric Schloss, founder of the Canadian Literature Centre, and Director Marie Carrière, invite you to attend an Authors Cabaret & Dessert Reception on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Registration is $100, and we will begin accepting registrations soon. This event will benefit the programs of the Canadian Literature Centre. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price.

The Cabaret will feature:

Aritha van Herk, novelist and essayist,

Lynn Coady, novelist and co-founding senior editor of Eighteen Bridges magazine,

Todd Babiak, novelist and Edmonton Journal Columnist,

Josée Thibeault, poet and dramatist, and

Annabel Lyon, 2011 Kreisel Lecturer and author of The Golden Mean

The master of ceremonies will be literary non-fiction author, Ted Bishop

Wine selection and dessert preparation by Art Gallery of Alberta Executive Chef, David Omar. Dress is business elegant.


Monday, January 17, 2011

CLC Books Celebration

Time: 5:00pm

Place: Faculty Club, University of Alberta (Saskatchewan Drive)

All are welcome, complimentary hors d’œvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

This event will feature new works by CLC researchers Daniel Laforest, Jerry White, Albert Braz and Marie Carrière. The new Kreisel Series publication, Un art de vivre par temps de catastrophe, by Dany Laferrière and co-published by the University of Alberta Press, will also be celebrated.

There will be a special bilingual cross-reading and dialogue between Daniel and Jerry. Daniel’s book is a monograph on Québécois poet and film maker Pierre Perrault : L’Archipel de Caïn. Pierre Perrault et l’écriture du territoire (Montréal, XYZ, coll. “Théorie & Littérature”, 2010), published this Fall. Jerry’s most recent book, The Radio Eye: Cinema in the North Atlantic, 1958-1988 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009), dedicates two chapters to Perrault, while addressing film, video and television experiments in Quebec, Newfoundland, the Faroe Islands, and the Gaelic-speaking regions of Ireland. Pierre Perrault (1927-1999) is someone who could be coined an ‘intermedial’ artist, had the word existed in his lifetime. His influence on film, in Quebec and internationally, thanks to his design of “cinéma direct”, has been considerable. What is less known is that he also produced a radio broadcast (the transcript of which has been edited by Daniel Laforest in a previous book, J’habite une ville, Montréal, L’Hexagone, 2009). Moreover, Perrault’s important poetic writing has been somewhat obscured by his innovation in film but is a remarkable literary contribution worthy of critical attention.


Wednesday, October 27 & Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Blue Pencil Café with Alice Major & Marty Chan

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

About the authors:

Alice Major (www.alicemajor.com) has published nine, highly-praised poetry collections, an award-winning YA novel and many magazine and newspaper articles. Among other awards and prizes, she has won the Pat Lowther award (for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman). Alice has been active in the writing community for two decades. In 2005, she was named to a two-year term as the City of Edmonton’s first poet laureate. She is also the founder and president of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and she was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Marty Chan (www.martychan.com) is a playwright, television screenwriter, young adult author and radio humorist, who has been writing for over 17 years. He’s best known for his play, Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl, which has been produced across Canada, broadcast on national CBC Radio, published three times and produced Off Broadway. Marty has worked as a television story editor on several kids shows. His own television pilot, The Orange Seed Myth, earned a Gemini nomination for Best Writing in a Youth Program. He is also an award-winning young adult author.

The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.





Friday, September 17, 2010

The GG Authors Reception


Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Telus Centre Atrium, University of Alberta

To herald the opening of a unique exhibit of Governor General Literary Award-winning books at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, soon to begin a Canada-wide tour courtesy of the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation, the Canadian Literature Centre invites you to a special reception featuring stories, food and wine with four of the western winning authors, to be emceed by Todd Babiak.

The reception will open at 4:30 pm, with introductions and readings to begin at 5 pm, followed by a book sale on behalf of the University of Alberta Bookstore and signings by the authors.







Monday, March 1, 2010

Author Cabaret & Reception


Time: 6:30pm

Place: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

 Dr. Eric Schloss, founder of the Canadian Literature Centre, Mrs. Elexis Schloss, and Dr. Marie Carrière, Director of the Canadian Literature Centre, invite you to attend an Author Cabaret & Reception.

Registration is $100, and this event will benefit the programs and activities of the Canadian Literature Centre. A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. Spaces are limited, so please register by February 23rd, 2010.

Throughout the evening, emcee Ted Bishop will invite seven distinguished authors to give short readings from their work: Rudy Wiebe, Eden Robinson*, Alice Major, Thomas Wharton, Gisèle Villeneuve, Caterina Edwards, Myrna Kostash

A special tapas menu and dessert buffet prepared by Art Gallery of Alberta Executive Chef David Omar and Chef Doreen Prei will be served. Dress is business elegant.

Edmonton’s new Art Gallery of Alberta is an 85,000 square foot building, whose dynamic design engages with the city’s natural surroundings and celebrates the duality of its urban grid layout.

*Eden Robinson, acclaimed Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations author, will also deliver the 2010 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture, 7:30 pm the following evening, at the Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta. All are welcome.


Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30, 2009

A Blue Pencil Café with Curtis Gillespie & Geo Takach


Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM / 1:30 - 4:00 PM

Place: Canadian Literature Centre (4-115 Humanities Centre)

Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene.

About the authors:

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.

Geo Takach’s writing has surfaced in books, articles, speeches, videos and corporate stuff, as well as on radio, television, film and garage pads. His screen credits include dramatic TV, documentary films, and film festival shorts. His scripts have won multiple awards. He teaches screenwriting in the Professional Writing program at MacEwan College and leads screenwriting workshops for various organizations. He wrote, directed, hosted and co-produced the documentary film, Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? which premiered on City TV in 2009. He is a former president of the Writers Guild of Alberta.

The Blue Pencil Café is being co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Canadian Literature Centre Open House


Time: 10:00am

Place: Canadian Literature Centre (4-115 Humanities Centre)

Attention writers, scholars, fans and friends of Canadian Literature:

Please join us this coming Friday, September 18th, for the Canadian Literature Centre’s Open House in celebration of Alberta Arts Days.

You are most welcome to drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for coffee and cookies. Browse our library, chat with us, and find out what exciting activities we have planned for 2009/2010. And don’t forget to sign up for the door prize!








Sunday, May 31, 2009

Women’s Words Opening Reception


Time: 5:00 p.m.

Place: Room 2-922 Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

Please join us for the opening reception of Women’s Words: Summer Writing Week 2009, organized by the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. A celebration of published works by previous Women’s Words participants, the opening reception is open to the public and admission is FREE. The Canadian Literature Centre is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.





Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fundraising Event: Magnifique Wine and Cheese Fantasmagoria!

Time: 6:00pm

Place: Grand Salon, Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, 8406, Marie-Anne-Gaboury Street (91 Street)

Proceeds will benefit the Canadian Literature Centre and the Canadian Studies Institute.

The Honourable Jim Edwards, Honorary President, and Claude Couture, Ph.D., Director of the Canadian Studies Institute, in collaboration with Marie Carrière, Ph.D., Director of the Canadian Literature Centre, invite you to come and enjoy a whole gourmet French-style meal composed of 10 exclusive cheeses all accompanied by great breads, fruits, vegetables, chocolate, paired with 10 great wines. The sommelier and the maître-affineur who selected the wines and cheeses will be there to share their secrets on pairing wine and cheese.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

4 Voix, 4 Voies : Semaine nationale de la francophonie


Time: 5:00 PM

Place: Grand Salon, Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta

Four bilingual women living in Edmonton come together to explore themes common to their francophone origins from across Canada: Jocelyne Verret (Maritimes), Magali Laplane-Gibbins (France), Pierrette Requier (Alberta) and Josée Thibeault (Québec). Joining them for the occasion are Anna-Marie Sewell (in Micmac) and Naomi McIlwraith (in Cree). Marc de Montigny (saxophone) and Ernest Chiasson (native american drum) providing musical bridges.








Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Panel du CLC



Time: 5:00 PM

Place: Pavillon Lacerte, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta

Panel discussion, “Rethinking Western Francophone Literature” with: Paul Dubé, Daniel Laforest, Jerry White and Marie Carrière, moderated by Pamela Sing (members of the Canadian Literature Centre)








Friday, November 14, 2008


Time: 3:30pm

Place: Stanley A. Milner Library

PAGES Forum – A learning forum on supporting readers through partnerships Eleanor Wachtel, “The Lives of Writers”.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Joseph Boyden – Reading and Book Signing



Time: 7:30pm

Place: The ARTery, 9535 Jasper Ave., Edmonton

Joseph Boyden, acclaimed author of Three Day Road will be reading from his new novel, Through Black Spruce.

A wine & cheese reception will follow the reading. Admission is free. All are welcome.







Thursday, October 2 & Friday, October 3, 2008

A Blue Pencil Café: with Nina Newington & Minister Faust


Time: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm

Place: CLC office, 4-115 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author! Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing or chat about the literary scene.

The Blue Pencil Café is informal, informative and…FREE!

Open to U of A Students, WGA members, and the public. Writing samples must be either creative writing pieces or essays on a humanities subject. 12 timeslots available each day. Reserve your spot now!








Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Round Table Discussion: Literary Landscapes in Alberta

Time: 2:30pm

Place: Arts Building, Senate Chamber, University of Alberta

Intercultural Canadian Studies: Social and Cultural Interaction and Literary Landscapes in the Canadian West (Hosted by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies)

Participants: Doug Barbour, Ted Blodgett, Myrna Kostash, Pamela Sing, Todd Babiak


Monday, April 14, 2008

Wine & Cheese with Bill New


Time: 4:00pm

Place: Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

Please join us for a wine & cheese celebration for

W. H. (BILL) NEW, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

in recognition of his generous donation of Commonwealth & Postcolonial books to the University of Alberta.

Author and editor of over 50 monographs, edited collections, and anthologies of Canadian and Commonwealth literary criticism, editor of the scholarly journal Canadian Literature from 1977-95, author of six books of poetry and three works of children’s literature, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Officer of the Order of Canada, W.H. (Bill) New is one of Canada’s best-known literary scholars and teachers.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fatale: A Dangerous Night of Femme Performance

Time: 7:30pm (doors at 7:00)

Place: Latitude 53 10248-106 Street

A part of Exposure: Edmonton’s Queer Arts and Culture Festival, Fatale will make you wish that you were living your own film noir. On this night, poetry walks in stilletos and prose wears pearls. Featuring performances by David Bateman, Anna Camilleri, T.L. Cowan and Val Desjardins and hosted by Anne Whitelaw. Fatale is sponsored by the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta.


Friday, September 28, 2007

An Afternoon with Derek Walcott

Time: 4:30pm (steelband at 4:00)

Place: Convocation Hall in the U of Arts Building

On behalf of Professors Jennifer Kelly and Malinda Smith with the Caribbean and African Diasporic Initiatives program at the U of A, and the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne in the Faculty of Arts, I write to invite you to a truly exciting cultural and literary event on campus on Friday, September 28th at 4.30 p.m.: a reading by Nobel Prize winning Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott. The reading will be preceded by a steelband presentation at 4.00 p.m. and followed by a question & answer session, a reception, and a book signing. The event is free, and all are welcome.

Derek Walcott, an award-winning poet, playwright and visual artist, is widely celebrated as one of the most accomplished literary writers of our times. Born in St Lucia, he studied languages and literature at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and theatre in the United States. He has published over 20 collections of poetry and verse, including In a Green Night: Poems 1948 1960 (1962); The Castaway (1965), Sea Grapes (1976), Collected Poems, 1948 1984 (1986); Omeros (1990), and Selected Poems (2007). Founder of St. Lucia’s Arts Guild and Theatre Workshops in Trinidad and Boston, Walcott also has published over 30 plays, among them, Dream on Monkey Mountain (1967), Ti-Jean and His Brothers (1958); Pantomime (1978); and The Odyssey: A Stage Version (1993), which is currently playing at Statford’s Festival Studio Theatre. His enchanting watercolours of Caribbean life are exhibited at June Kelly Gallery in SoHo. His collaboration with Paul Simon led to a 1998 Tony Award nomination for Best Original Musical Score for “The Capeman.” He is the recipient of the Obie Award for Distinguished foreign play, the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, the Royal Society of Literature Award, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Derek Walcott currently spends his time in Boston, New York and Trinidad & Tobago.

This event is hosted by the Caribbean and African Diasporic Initiatives program (CADI) and the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de litterature canadienne (CLC) and sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Faculties of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Department of Political Science, the Department of English and Film Studies, the Office of Human Rights, the Edmonton Journal, and Hole’s Greenhouse and Gardens.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Blue Pencil Café with Thomas Trofimuk


Time: 9 AM – 12 PM / 1 PM – 4 PM

Place: CLC Storefront (8917 Hub Mall), University of Alberta

Please Join us with award-winning author Thomas Trofimuk and spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author! Get feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene.

Open to U of A students, WGA members and the public. The Blue Pencil Café is Free! Writing samples must be either creative pieces or essays on a humanities subject.









Thursday, February 1, 2007

Whose Story Now: Noah Richler’s Search for a National Literature


Time: 7 PM

Place: Art Gallery of Alberta, #2 Winston Churchill Square

Please join us for a panel discussion on Noah Richler\’s recent book This Is My Country, What\’s Yours? Richler writes in search of a Canadian national literature, one told through its divergent stories, and his bold attempt to constitute “a literary atlas of Canada” is provoking discussion and debate across the country. This panel will attempt to move that debate forward.

Noah will be joined on the panel by three distinguished — and entertaining — Canadian writers: Aritha van Herk (Calgary), Catherine Bush (Toronto), and Todd Babiak (Edmonton).

Everyone is welcome and admission is free! There will be a reception and book signing after the event.






Tuesday, January 16, 2007

First Edmonton appearance of Vincent Lam!

Time: 5- 6pm

Place: Telus Centre, University of Alberta

Details: Vincent Lam will read from his work. Book-signing and reception to follow. Admission free, and everyone is welcome.

The activity is co-sponsored by the Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine Program and the Canadian Literature Centre.