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Author Talks & Lectures

Icon of the event Losing Newfoundland in Madeline Ashby's Company Town: Playing a Rigged Game
Thu Jun 21, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Madeline Ashby's CBC Reads finalist, Company Town is a dystopian novel envisioning a futuristic Newfoundland in which characters exist at a significant remove from their culture, their bodies, and the natural world. Ashby's b...

Icon of the event The Fruitful City - The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest
Wed Jun 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

When was the last time you considered eating fruit from a city tree? In Toronto alone, volunteers with Not Far From the Tree have picked almost 150,000 pounds of fruit since 2008. In The Fruitful City, Toronto author Helena M...

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Tue May 29, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) tells the story of making Mars into a habitable planet. It explores climate change, revolution, and scientific communication in an environment where no one...

Icon of the event Bangladeshi Love Stories
Wed May 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Described as "riveting," "masterful" and "elegantly-composed," activist Arif Anwar presents his debut novel,...

Icon of the event Alternate Realities with Liz Harmer and Harriet Alida Lye
Wed May 16, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Award-winning writer Liz Harmer and acclaimed editor and writer Harriet Alida Lye present their seductive and mysterious debut novels,...

Icon of the event Yearning for Freedom
Tue May 15, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Calls Across the Pacific tells the story of Nina Huang who flees the Cultural Revolution to America in 1969. Years later, she writes to denounce Mao's regime. As a Canadian freelance writer, she risks her freedom and life to ...

Icon of the event Finding the Dream
Tue May 08, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Authors Carrianne Leung and Djamila Ibrahim discuss their new novels,...

Icon of the event Nevil Shute's On the Beach, Oppenheimer, and the Slow Apocalypse
Tue May 08, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

"The way the world ends/[is] not with a bang but a whimper." This epigraph from T.S. Eliot's "Hollow Men" opens On the Beach wherein the earth's Northern hemisphere has been completely irradiated by nuclear weapons and the re...

Icon of the event Bad Singer - Good Singer
Thu May 03, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Join author Tim Falconer (Bad Singer) and singer-songwriter and educator Tyler Ellis as they explore the culture, the science, the joy, and the gut-wrenching fear of raising your voice in song....

Icon of the event The 15th Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture with Judith Dawson
Thu Apr 26, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

The Whimsy and Amusement of Early Children's Advertising Booklets...