FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WRITERS READ 2013/2014

 

OUR OFFICIAL LINEUP of prize-winning authors and performers from across Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the US.

 

OCTOBER  8, 2013, 7 P.M. – ANDREW PYPER

Toronto-based writer who has published six works of fiction. His first book, Lost Girls, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The Demonologist, his latest, is being adapted for film by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Robert Schenkkan.

WHERE: Molson Building MB 2.130 (1450 Guy St)

 

OCTOBER 10, 2013, 7 P.M. – EMMA DONOGHUE

Irish novelist whose bestselling 2010 novel Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won a number of other awards, including the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year.

WHERE: Hall Building, Room H-767 (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)

 

OCTOBER 28, 2013, 7 P.M. – TANYA TAGAQ, CHRISTIAN BÖK, & JAAP BLONK

Tanya Tagaq is a contemporary performance artist who uses the ancient traditional Inuit art of throat singing. She has released two critically acclaimed albums – Sinaa and Auk/Blood – both of which were nominated for Juno Awards.

Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence.

Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet from Holland. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. His book/CD “Traces of Speech” was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin.

WHERE: Hall Building, Room H-767 (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2013, 4 P.M. – CLARK BLAISE

Clark Blaise is the Canadian author of Time Lord, I Had a Father, Days and Nights in Calcutta, The Meagre Tarmac, and twenty other books. He was one of the founders of the Montreal Story Tellers Fiction Performance Group and in 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He founded the post-graduate program in creative writing at Concordia University.

WHERE: Hall Building, Room H-767 (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)

 

MARCH 14, 2014, 7 P.M. – CAROLYN FORCHÉ

Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry. Her third book of poetry, The Angel of History, was chosen for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1998 she was given the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award, in recognition of her work on behalf of human rights and the preservation of memory and culture.

WHERE: Hall Building, Room H-767 (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)

 

MARCH 28, 2014, 7 P.M. – FRANCINE PROSE

Francine Prose is the author of seventeen works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award.

WHERE: Hall Building, Room H-767 (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)

 

REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEWS & MORE INFORMATION:
Contact: Sarah Burgoyne
Email: writersreadconcordia@gmail.com

 

HISTORY: Writers Read is one of a long tradition of diverse literary reading series at Concordia University and has hosted authors including Lydia Davis, Roddy Doyle, Mary Gaitskill, CD Wright, Rae Armantrout, Charles Bernstein, and, in 2013, Kevin Barry, Juliana Spahr, and Madeleine Thien.

 

INTERESTED ATTENDEES can find more information, archival footage from previous readings, and updates on upcoming events at our website, writersreadconcordia.ca, and follow Writers Read on Twitter (@CUWritersRead) and Facebook (writersreadconcordia).

 

Writers Read Concordia

The tradition of literary readings at Concordia predates the existence of the university itself, as such events were held well before Sir George Williams and Loyola merged in 1974. The series, now known as Writers Read at Concordia, invites renowned and emerging authors, both Canadian and international, to read from and discuss their work with students and local audiences. In addition to readings, the series includes Master Classes and professional development activities, some open to the public and others only for Concordia students. Collaborations with Concordia’s School of Canadian Irish Studies, The Pilot, the Atwater Poetry Project, Bishop’s University, the Université de Montreal’s Department of English, and other organizations make the series possible. The Concordia Bookstore acts as bookseller for all major readings. Another activity offered in affiliation with the Concordia English Department, the Summer Literary Seminars is held annually in Montreal, Kenya, and Lithuania. As one of the world's largest and most innovative international writing programs, SLS offers partial scholarships and academic credit to full-time Concordia students. The program brings together the finest American, Canadian, European, and African writers and literary scholars with their host counterparts in a two-week flurry of writing related activities. Faculty have included such writers as: Amy Bloom, Robert Coover, Dave Eggers, Ed Hirsch, Denis Johnson, Colum McCann, Jayne Anne Phillips and George Saunders. Registration is required. Additional tuition subsidies are available through the Dean's office. For more information, contact Mike Spry. Writers Read at Concordia is supported by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program, and Concordia University. The Writers Read Series also receives funding assistance from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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