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Unforgettable Nights Each Season

Welcome to our 26th Season


Roselawn Centre For The Living Arts

296 Fielden Ave, Port Colborne, ON


The renowned Canadian Authors Series has been called one of the best events 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!


November 28, 2019 - Joanna Goodman - The Home for unwanted Girls


Joanna Goodman is the author of five novels, including #1 Canadian bestseller The Home for Unwanted Girls, an unforgettable page-turner based on a little-known piece of Canadian history: the “Duplessis Orphans” who were falsely declared mentally ill and confined to psychiatric institutions. This book was on national bestseller lists for six months. The Finishing School was also a national bestseller.

Originally from Montreal, Joanna now lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.


February 27, 2020 - Jesse Thistle - "From The Ashes"


Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is an assistant professor in Métis Studies at York University in Toronto. He won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016, and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. He lives in Toronto.

In his extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.


March 26, 2020 - Maureen Jennings - "Murdoch Mysteries"


Maureen Jennings was born in England and emigrated to Canada as a teenager. The first Detective Murdoch mystery was published in 1997. Six more followed, all to enthusiastic reviews. In 2003, Shaftesbury Films adapted three of the novels into movies of the week, and four years later the Murdoch Mysteries TV series was created; it is now shown around the world, including in the UK, the United States (as The Artful Detective), and much of Europe, as well as on Canada's national broadcast network, CBC TV. The Detective Inspector Tom Tyler series, set in World War II-era England, got off to a spectacular start with 2011's Season of Darkness, followed by Beware This Boy (2012) and No Known Grave (2014). Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband and their two dogs, Varley and Murdoch.

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 over 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.


2019/20 Readings*:


ALL Events: Wine Wine Tasting and appetizers at 7pm, Reading at 8pm. Book signing follows.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Bindu Suresh "26 Knots"

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Shilpi Somaya Gowda "The Shape Of Family"

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - Joanna Goodman "The Home For Unwanted Girls"

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Jesse Thistle "From The Ashes"

March 26, 2020 - Maureen Jennings (Murdoch Mystery writer)

April 2020 - TBA

May 2020 - TBA


* (Authors and dates subject to change without notice)


September 26, 2019 - Bindu Suresh - "26 Knots"Bindu Suresh


A former journalist and current paediatrician, Bindu Suresh is the author of short stories that have appeared in various literary publications. 26 Knots is her debut novel. She studied literature at Columbia University and medicine at McGill University. Born in Wales, she grew up in Canada and has spent equal parts of her life in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. She currently lives in Montreal.


October 17, 2019: Shilpi Somaya Gowda - "The Shape of Family"


Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her previous novels, Secret Daughter and The Golden Son became international bestsellers, selling over one million copies worldwide. Shilpi Somaya Gowda Secret Daughter was a New York Times and #1 international bestseller, and was translated into over 30 languages. It was shortlisted for the South African Boeke Literary Prize, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was an IndieNext Great Read, a Target Book Club Pick, a ChaptersIndigo Heather’s Pick, and an Amnesty International Book Club Pick.

Shilpi Somaya Gowda holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She lives in California with her husband and children.

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