Big Day! Two Announcements

Writers Read is happy to announce TWO upcoming readings featuring Peter Watts and George Elliott Clarke, both to held on Thursday, November 20.

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Peter Watts is a Canadian science fiction author and marine-mammal biologist. He has published numerous novels and short stories, including the Rifters Trilogy and Firefall Series. Watts’ work has garnered a variety of awards and accolades, including multiple Hugo and Locus Award nominations, as well as a Shirley Jackson Award for his short story, “The Things”. His most recent work, Echopraxia, a follow up to his 2006 novel Blindsight, was published in 2014. He will be joining us on Thursday, November 20 at 3:00 PM in Room H 565 of Concordia University’s Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.) 

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Poet, writer, and scholar George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains, in 1960. His many honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1998), Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-2008), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), and eight honorary doctorates. His major titles include Whylah Falls (1990), Execution Poems (2000), Blues and Bliss (2008), and I & I (2009)—all works of poetry; the verse-tragedy Beatrice Chancy (1999); the opera libretti Beatrice Chancy (1998), Québécité (2003), and Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path; and the novel, George & Rue(2004). His landmark volumes of critical essays are Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (2002) and Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature (2012). His newest book of poetry is Traverse (2014). He will be joining us on Thursday, November 20 at 5:00 PM in Room LB 646 of Concordia University’s Library Building (1400 de Maisonneuve W. Blvd.) 
Both events are free and open to the public. We’re excited to see you there!

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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