Monday, September 30, 2013

Upcoming in the UNB Reading Series: Wayne Johnston & Poetry Weekend

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by the critically acclaimed writer, Wayne Johnston. His latest novel, The Son of a Certain Woman, was published just last month and has already been long listed for the Giller Prize. It is the story of Percy Joyce, born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the fifties, who is an outsider from childhood, set apart by a congenital disfigurement. Soon on the cusp of teenagehood, Percy is filled with longing for what he can’t have, his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal nearly leaps off the page. Everyone in St. John’s lusts after her—including her sister-in-law, Medina; their paying boarder, the local chemistry teacher, Pops MacDougal; and . . . Percy. The Son of a Certain Woman brilliantly mixes sorrow and laughter as it builds toward an unforgettable ending.

Wayne Johnston has an MA in English and Creative Writing from UNB and holds a UNB honorary doctorate. He is also the author of The Story of Bobby O'Malley, which won the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel award. Subsequent books consistently received critical praise, including The Divine Ryans, which was adapted to the silver screen, and Baltimore's Mansion, which won the most prestigious prize for creative non-fiction awarded in Canada - the Charles Taylor Prize. Both The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Navigator of New York spent extended periods of time on bestseller lists in Canada and Colony was identified by The Globe & Mail as one of the 100 most important Canadian books ever produced (including both fiction and non-fiction).

His reading will be held on Thursday, October 3 at 8:00 pm in Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to the tenth Poetry Weekend.  This festival is legendary for its warmth and friendliness, and a few crazy parties. This is your chance to meet and talk with the best Canadian poets: Governor-General's Award and Griffin Prize winners. Join them for lunch and talk to them after readings. These are the kinds of events you talk about with your grandchildren.

The event will be Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6. Readings will be at 11am, 2pm, and 8pm both days and held in Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Saturday’s 2pm reading will take place in Gallery 78. Readings will be given by Shane Neilson, Steven Price, Julie Bruck, Susan Glickman, David Seymour, Adam Dickinson, Carmelita McGrath, Lynn Davies, Jan Conn, Peter Richardson, Maurice Mierau, Sue Sinclair, and many more.

All readings are free of admission and all are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Reminder: Douglas Glover Reads September 26!

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear Douglas Glover, our writer-in-residence for 2013-14, read from his new novel Savage Love, published by Goose Lane Editions.  He will be meeting with writers from the community and from UNB through the year, and if you would like to receive his feedback on your writing, you can contact him through the department of English.

Douglas Glover is an acclaimed writer whose stories have been frequently anthologized, notably in The Best American Short Stories, Best Canadian Stories, and The New Oxford Book of Canadian Stories. He was the recipient of the 2006 Writers’ Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award for his body of work, and the Governor General’s Award for his bestselling novel, Elle, which was also a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  A Guide to Animal Behaviour was a finalist for the 1991 Governor General's Award, and 16 Categories of Desire was shortlisted for the 2000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Award.

His reading will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 pm in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

While you wait for this reading, why not check out a recent interview with Douglas Glover at Whole Beast Rag

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Douglas Glover to Kick Off 2013-14 UNB Reading Series

Douglas Glover
Douglas Glover is this year's UNB writer-in-residence, and he leads off the 2013-14 reading series with his new book Savage Love (Goose Lane Editions). Last week Glover was the guest editor of The National Post's Afterword, posting thought-provoking pieces on writing.

Monday, September 9: Building Sentences
Tuesday, September 10: Lists
Wednesday, September 11: Parallel Construction
Thursday, September 12: Epigrams

Glover will be launching Savage Love on September 26. There will also be more readings added to this page as details become available, including R.M. Vaughn and Bob Gibbs.

2013-14 UNB Reading Series
Douglas Glover September 26, 2013     East Gallery
Wayne JohnstonOctober 3, 2013     Memorial Hall
Poetry WeekendOctober 5-6, 2013     Memorial Hall
Thomas KingOctober 8, 2013     Memorial Hall
Anne ComptonOctober 22, 2013       East Gallery
Catherine BushNovember 19, 2013     Alumni Lounge
Bill Gaston & Mike ChristieFebruary 4, 2014     Alumni Lounge
Rawi HageApril 2, 2014