Single Evening Passes Available from Port Coborne Public Library or call 905-788-5345 to order.


Featured Author's books are available at a discount at Roselawn the night of Readings.


These venues provide vital support for our series.


Single tickets for $30
available at
Port Colborne Public Library
or reserve by phone or email • 905-788-5345

Unforgettable Nights Each Season

Welcome to our 26th Season


Roselawn Centre For The Living Arts

296 Fielden Ave, Port Colborne, ON


COVID-19 Announcement


Due to the risks of the current Pandemic, we at The Canadian Authors Series regretfully announce that we will be postponing our evening with Murdoch Mysteries author Maureen Jennings on March 26. Although we have rescheduled this event to April 30, in the event that the crisis continues, we will revisit the situation once again and plan for a future date that will be safe for our author and our guests.


We will be adding a reading, however, the logistics of which have not been figured out yet. All March passes that have been purchased at the Library will be honoured at the rescheduled date or at any of the readings this season. If you have any questions please contact us.


Thank you for your patience and understanding during this rapidly changing climate.


The Canadian Authors Series team



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!


POSTPONED UNTIL April 30, 2020 - Maureen Jennings - "Murdoch Mysteries"


"Maureen Jennings is not only just about the best crime novelist in Canada, she’s among the best writers anywhere - a national and international treasure."



Maureen Jennings, now a Canadian citizen, was born in the UK and emigrated to Canada as a teenager. After a long career as a psychotherapist, she is now writing full time and has published one novella, thirteen novels of crime fiction and one book of non-fiction relating to creativity, as well as four professionally produced plays.


She was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from Heritage Toronto in 1998; the Grant Allen award for on-going contribution to the genre in 2011, and has received a total of Eight nominations from Crime Writers of Canada, for best novel and short story of the year. Her books have been translated into other languages, including Polish; Korean; French; German, Italian and Czech and are also published in the UK by Titan Books.


Her first series was set in Victorian Toronto and has been adapted for television first as three movies of the week, and now The Murdoch Mysteries tv series, now in production for its 11th season for CBC television. Since 2011, she has written, and co-written, 7 scripts for the series including the adaption of “Shipwreck”, the novella which deals with the origins of Murdoch’s interest in detection.


Maureen has written two novels in a contemporary series about the forensic profiler, Christine Morris. These books are set in both the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, and Orillia Ontario, and have been purchased by Shaftesbury Films.


In 2016, the 4th book in a series of novels, Dead Ground In Between, set in England during WW2 and Featuring DCI Tom Tyler, was published. The first book, Season of Darkness, was released August 2011. The second book, Beware This Boy, was published November 2012. The third No Known Grave, was nominated for the Arthur Ellis award for Best Crime novels.

The second book in the Tyler series, Beware this Boy, served as the inspiration for the concept that she developed with a partner for the television series, Bomb Girls. Broadcast on Global TV in Canada, Bomb Girls was nominated for the Canadian Screen awards for Best Drama in its first two seasons as well as Best Movie of the week for its third and final season, and won in that category. Bomb Girls also won the Gracie Award in the US for its first season. All of the Tyler series is now under option for television with Pelee Entertainment.


In November 2017, the 8th novel in the Murdoch series, Let Darkness Bury the Dead, which is set during the Canadian WW 1 home front 1917, 22 years after we last saw Murdoch in novel form, was published by McClelland & Stewart to great critical acclaim.


Maureen is currently working on a new series set in 1936 Toronto where we meet PI Charlotte Frayne, who is presented with her first case entitled “The Paradise Café, book one, Heat Wave”.


Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband, photographer Iden Ford, and her Dog, Murdoch.


Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Max Eisen "By Chance Alone: A Truly Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz"


On May 28, 2020, concentration camp survivor Max Eisen will take the stage with his nationally bestselling book "By Chance Alone: A Truly Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz." This book was a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize and it won the 2019 Canada Reads last March.


Max Eisen if a Hungarian Jew who was deported to Auschwitz in the Spring of 1944. He is a passionate speaker and educator who volunteers at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Toronto. He currently resides in Toronto with his wife, Ivy.


June 2020? - Final Event Date To Be Announced


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"

(Postponed until) Thursday, April 30, 2020 - Maureen Jennings (Murdoch Mystery writer)

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Max Eisen "By Chance Alone: A Truly Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz"

June 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.



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.

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