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7 Unforgettable Nights Each Season
Our 25th Season Continues
WEDNESDAY, October 17, 2018, 7:30pm Tasting, 8:15pm Author Anosh Irani
Roselawn Centre For The Living Arts
Tasting will start at 7:30PM this Wednesday due to a prior engagement at Roselawn. Doors will open at 7:30pm. The tasting will go to 8:15pm and then the author will go on.
The renowned Canadian Authors Series has been called the best event of its kind in Canada by past authors. Become a member today and enjoy seven great evenings of entertainment that include wine, food, an author reading, an engaging question and answer period and a book signing. It all takes place at Roselawn Centre for the Living Arts, a haunted but lovely Victorian Mansion featuring a 265-seat theatre!
Vancouver based, Anosh Irani will be with us on October 17. His novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, National Post, CBC Books and The Walrus.
“Growing up outside one of Mumbai's largest red light districts, Anosh Irani's dim childhood memories have evolved into a brilliant novel. In The Parcel, a powerful heroine spends her life searching for acceptance -- first, as a girl trapped in a boy's body, then as a sex worker on the streets of Kamathipura and finally, as a beggar desperate to shed her own skin.”
“The Parcel is a magnificent novel, with powerfully imagined characters who yanked me into their lives from the first page and would not let go of me until the last. It is bold, bawdy, tender, funny, sorrowful, all that life is made up of, and when I did reach the end I felt abandoned.”
- Anita Rau Badami
“Set amid the raucous swirl of Bombay’s Kamathipura Red Light District, The Parcel is a searing indictment of the sex trafficking industry and a compassionate portrait of a troubled but resilient community. In Madhu, the transgender, retired prostitute at the heart of the novel, Anosh Irani has created a powerful yet flawed character to steward the reader through difficult, often disturbing material. Her struggles—with her past, with the legacy she might leave behind—are rendered with honesty and grace. Harrowing, enraging, unexpectedly humorous, and also profoundly sad, The Parcel is a haunting work of fiction that illuminates the ways in which history, both political and personal, pervades the present day.”
- 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury: Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla
For TUESDAY, November 13, 2018, we are pleased to announce Canadian astronaut Dr. David Williams. He is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist and CEO. The former director of Space and Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, once on the Space Shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor, logging over 13 million kilometers in space and over 17 hours of space walks. He has lived and worked on the world's only undersea research habitat and is the recipient of five honorary degrees, the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.
In 1998, Williams became the first non-American to hold a senior management position within NASA, when he held the position of Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center.
His new book is Defying Limits, Lessons from the Edge of the Universe. The book is an inspirational, uplifting, and life-affirming memoir about passion, resilience and living life to the fullest.
Also confirmed for Thursday, March 28, 2019 is Emma Donoghue. She is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. She is a prolific writer and has won numerous awards. Her 2010 novel Room was an international best seller. It won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Awards in Canada. It was also the winner of the Irish Book Award and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She later wrote the screenplay for a film version of the book, Room, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award, and was subsequently adapted into a play performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Her novel The Wonder, published in 2016, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
In past seasons we were fortunate to welcome some of Canada's finest writers including Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Mordecai Richler, Anne Marie MacDonald, Farley Mowat, Alistair MacLeod, David Adams RIchards, Conrad Black, Stevie Cameron, Lawrence Hill, humourists William Thomas and Stuart McLean. Olympians Silken Lauman and Clara Hughes and boxer George Chuvalo have taken our stage. Occasionally we've been lucky enough to present contemporary personalities such as Mike Bullard, Sandra Shamas, Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Trudeau, Mary Walsh, Rex Murphy, Lloyd Robertson, and Dr. David Suzuki.
The series has now placed 11,000 Canadian books into the hands of readers. Over the years the series donated more than $30,000 to charities including the Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre, Port Cares, Easter Seals and the United Way.
For more information on the series and tickets, visit this page and follow us on Facebook. Single evening tickets (may be) available for $30, cash only. Reserve tickets by calling 905 788-5345. The Series takes place at the Roselawn Centre in Port Colborne and each event includes a 7pm reception with an author’s presentation at 8pm, question and answer and a book signing afterwards.
Single evening tickets available at the Port Colborne Public Library.
Our first author of the season was Giles Blunt. He is an internationally known author, screenwriter and novelist. Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, and spent twenty years in New York City as a writer and a scriptwriter for such shows as Law and Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, before making his home in Toronto. He is the author of the six novels in the bestselling Cardinal crime series, featuring Algonquin Bay's John Cardinal and Lise Delorme, currently airing on CTV. He is widely considered "one of Canada's top crime novelists" (the Globe and Mail) and among "crime drama's elite" (Publishers Weekly). He is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel and a recipient of the British Crime Writers' Macallan Silver Dagger. He was also nominated for the Dublin IMPAC award twice. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Education from Nipissing University. His latest novel is Blackfly Season.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 - Giles Blunt, "Blackfly Season:
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 - Anosh Irani "The Parcel"
TUESDAY, Nov. 13 2018 - Dr. Dave Williams
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 - TBA
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Emma Donoghue
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - TBA
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - TBA
* (Authors and dates subject to change without notice)