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Raising the bar: Steven Skurka shares career landmark with Windsor law students

Photo of author and litigator Steven SkurkaSteven Skurka–noted litigator, radio host, and author of Tilted: The Trials of Conrad Black (Dundurn 2011)–recently spoke to aspiring lawyers at the University of Windsor’s law school. Participating in the school’s Bernard Cohn Memorial Lecture series, Skurka reflected on the role he played in the landmark Dee Brown racial profiling case.  The complete address is now available for online streaming.

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Kositsky keynote sets the stage for literature and drama workshop

Lynne Kositsky, author of Minerva’s Voyage (Dundurn Press, 2009) and the forthcoming Plagues of Kondar (Dundurn Press, 2014), will provide the keynote address at The Literature, The Stage, The Artist, an upcoming professional development day for English and drama teachers. Her talk on Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet will set the tone for a series of  seminars and workshops helping elementary and secondary school teachers to improve competencies in dance, stage combat, stand-up comedy, and more.

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Dr. Roedde to address Carleton University

Dr. Gretchen Roedde is proving one of the National Capital Region’s most in-demand speakers. Following engagements with the Canadian Society for International Health, the Canadian International Development Agency, and Ottawa’s Perfect Books, the A Doctor’s Quest (Dundurn 2012) author is set to discuss the challenges of global maternal health. The Carleton University-sponsored event is open to the public, but advance registration is required. For further information, see the event poster below.

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Pamela Mordecai Art Bar Appearance Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pamela Mordecai will not be reading at the Art Bar tonight, March 19, 2013. We’re sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment.

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Subversive scholar: Poet Pamela Mordecai schedules April university talks

Jamaican-Canadian poet and short story author Pamela MordecaiWith days getting longer and temperatures rising, it’s time to start dreaming of summer vacation–unless you’re Pamela Mordecai. The hard-working Subversive Sonnets (TSAR Publications, 2012) poet is heading back to school at a time when most scholars are setting aside their books until the fall.

On April 4th, Pam meets with third-year Wilfrid Laurier University English students to cap off classroom discussion of her collection of sonnets. She follows up this appearance with an April 11th visit to Brock University, where she’ll speak with Toronto poet laureate George Elliott Clarke. Further details of the latter talk, which is one of the public lectures in Brock’s Distinguished Speaker Series, will be posted once they’re available.

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Going coastal: Western Canada literary events with Julia Lin

Taiwanese-Canadian writer of short stories, Julia LinWith all the Toronto-area literary events we blog about here, we can easily forgive west-coast book lovers any jealousy–especially now that upcoming BC events with Julia Lin have given us a taste of our own medicine.  These compelling spring readings leave us longing for the coast.

  • What: Julia Lin reads at the Richmond Public Library’s Chinese Literature Festival.
  • When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Richmond Public Library - Brighouse (Central) Branch, Second Floor Program Room, #100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC.
  • How: Admission is free. Call the library at 604-231-6413 for further details.
  • What: Julia Lin marks Asian Heritage Month with a Vancouver reading.
  • When: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC.
  • How: Free admission to the reading does not include a garden tour. Call the Classical Chinese Garden at 604-662-3207 for further details.
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A fine balance: Elka Ray and the expatriate writing life

Blame Djuna Barnes, Ernest Hemingway, or even Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris: it’s hard not to imagine the life of an expatriate writer as glamorously bohemian. But for Elka Ray, a Canadian writer-illustrator living in Vietnam, the writing life is one of equilibrium rather than excess.

In a recent feature interview for VTV‘s Vietnam In My Heart, Elka invited viewers to see how she balances business and family while negotiating multiple cultural identities.

She may be a writer and an expatriate, but to two small children, Elka is “mom” first. Here Elka joins her husband Thien for a q-and-a session on intercultural parenting that’s sure to interest globetrotters and parents alike!

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Sunday night sonnets: Pamela Mordecai reads at Hamilton’s LitLive

Pamela Mordecai poetry collection Jamaican Canadian poemsWith Downtown Abbey having finished its season, Sunday night entertainment prospects were looking decidedly dim. Until Pamela Mordecai was scheduled to appear at LitLive, that is. The Subversive Sonnetspoet joins Eva Stachniak, Tim Conley, Mark Lavorato, Barry Webster, and Soraya Erian on Sunday, March 3 for readings and good company.

  • What: LitLive featuring Pamela Mordecai.
  • When: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William St., Hamilton, ON.
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Scarsbrook’s good “Fortune”: New poem nominated for Winston Collins/Descant Prize

Monkeyface Chronicle ya author young adult writer award winning CanadianRichard Scarsbrook–author of a number of popular young adult novels, including the White Pine Award-winning The Monkeyface Chronicles (Thistledown 2010)–is branching out. Following the announcement that his first poetry collection, Outtakes, will be published by Turnstone Press later this year is news of a poetry-award nomination. “Fortune,” which is included in Outtakes, is nominated for the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem.

The prize, which was first awarded in 2007, is given in honour of former University of Toronto poetry professor Winston Collins, “to con­tinue Collins’ career-long encour­age­ment of devel­op­ing writers and to com­mem­or­ate his love of poetry.” The winning poem, judged by philosopher Mark Kingwell and writer-artist Leanne Shapton, will be published in this summer’s Descant.

Congratulations, Richard!

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Neither sleet, nor snow: Winter won’t stop Dr. Roedde’s quest

Most people slow down during the winter months, but Dr. Gretchen Roedde, author of A Doctor’s Quest (Dundurn 2012), is not most people. Continuing her crusade to raise the profile of maternal health issues in the developing world, Dr. Roedde charts an ambitious course of author appearances through northern Ontario in February and March. Details for select events are included below the cut. Continue reading

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