Featured author's books are available for advance purchase at a discount at


Crews Quarters

192 West St,

Port Colborne



and at Roselawn the night of Readings.


These venues provide vital support for our series.

Author Accommodations Courtesy of

2016-17 Passes Available for just $120 including tax for remaining events. Single tickets also available at
Port Colborne Public Library

CanadianAuthorsSeries@gmail.com • 905-788-5345

7 Unforgettable Nights Each Season

Our Season Continues

February 23, 2017 with Craig Davidson


Readings at 8 pm, Tastings at 7pm.

Roselawn Centre For The Living Arts

296 Fielden Ave, Port Colborne, ON


Now in its 23rd year, the renowned Canadian Authors Series is confirming authors for its 2016-17 season.  Become a member and enjoy seven great evenings of entertainment that include wine, food, live music, 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! Photo by Kevin Kelly


The Canadian Authors Series is one of the best venues in Canada for writers to showcase their work. From September to May, we bring in the greats of Canadian literature to Port Colborne. Join us for seven unforgettable evenings.

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.


2016-17 Authors


September 29 2016 - William Thomas

Creator and former host of The Canadian Authors Series

His new book is entitled The Legend of Zippy Chippy

From acclaimed humorist William Thomas comes the funny yet poignant story of a thoroughbred racehorse that lost 100 races in a row -- but, in everyone's eyes, became the ultimate winner.


October 27 2016 - Yann Martel "The High Mountains of Portugal"

Yann Martel is best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel "Life of Pi", a #1 international bestseller. This book was made into a major motion picture that won four Oscars at the Academy Awards in 2013.  His new book "The High Mountains of Portugal" is getting great reviews and is on bestseller lists everywhere.


Thursday, Nov. 24 - Gary Barwin "Yiddish for Pirates"

Gary Barwin. "Yiddish for Pirates" - Shortlisted for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award.

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist and the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include Yiddish for Pirates, the short fiction collection, I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457, and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library, and has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He is writer-in-residence at several shelters/custody facilities with ArtForms’ “Writers in the House” program for at-risk youth.


February 23, 2017 - Craig Davidson "Precious Cargo"

"Precious Cargo" is the name of his new book. Here is a heartfelt, funny and surprising memoir about one year spent driving a bus full of children with special needs. With his last novel, Cataract City, Craig Davidson was nominated for the Giller Prize and established himself as one of Canadas most talented novelists.  His novel Rust and Bone, was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film.


Thursday, March 30 - To Be Announced


Thursday, April 27- To Be Announced


May 25, 2017 - Carol Off

Carol Off is an award winning television journalist, radio journalist and author. She has been a host of CBC Radio's As It Happens since 2006. As a documentary reporter for The National, she produced seven award-winning documentaries. She has written several award winning books including The Lion, the Fox, and the Eagle. Carol Off has won numerous awards for television and radio work, among them: a Gemini; two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television; a selected screening at the Monte Carlo Television Festival; several awards and citations from the Columbia Television awards; a Gabriel award; a B'nai Brith Award and number of awards and citations.

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