The UNB Reading Series has an exciting line-up for the 2016-17 academic year. Some details still TBA, so check back for details of Winter readings featuring Eden Robinson and Meags Fitzgerald.
Lee Maracle — September 15, 2016 — 8PM at Memorial Hall
Lee Maracle is a prolific First Nations writer and expert on First Nations culture and history, and an influential Indigenous voice in Canadian postcolonial criticism. She is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works, including Sojourner’s and Sundogs, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, Bent Box, and I Am Woman. Her most recent books are the novel Celia's Song, the non-fiction book Memory Serves, and the poetry collection Talking to the Diaspora.
Rabindranath Maharaj — September 27 — 8PM at West Gallery of Memorial Hall
Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of five novels and three short story collections. His last novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won both the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium Fiction Prize. Previous books were nominated for various awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, and The Rogers Fiction Award. In January 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Maharaj resides in Ajax, Ontario. He is UNB's writer-in-residence for 2016-17.
Poetry Weekend — October 1 & 2, 2016 — 11AM, 2PM, and 8PM on both days at Memorial Hall
Affectionately known as Canada's most disorganized poetry festival, this year's event is the 13th annual. Confirmed readers so far include Shane Neilson, M. Travis Lane, John Wall Barger, Corey Lavender, Julie Cameron Gray, Jennifer Houle, and Mark Sampson.
Camilla Gibb — October 13, 2016 — 8PM at Alumni Memorial Lounge
is the author of four internationally acclaimed novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life, Sweetness in the Belly, and The Beauty of Humanity Movement, and most recently a memoir, This Is Happy. She has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award (for best book in Ontario) the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize.
Elizabeth Hay — October 19, 2016 — 8PM at Alumni Memorial Lounge
Elizabeth Hay’s latest novel, His Whole Life, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize. Her novel Late Nights on Air won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has been an enormous national bestseller. Her other works include A Student of Weather (finalist for The Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award), Garbo Laughs (winner of the Ottawa Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award) and Small Change (stories). In 2002, she received the prestigious Marian Engel Award. Elizabeth Hay lives in Ottawa.