Author Series

Enjoy intimate discussions with some of our country's best authors!

Our author series is free to attend and will be offered online through Zoom. Registration is required for each event.


 

Karolyn Smardz Frost
Karolyn Smardz Frost - February 15
Karolyn Smardz Frost

Tuesday, February 15
7 p.m.

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In Celebration of Black History Month, author and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost joins us again to discuss Brantford’s black history and its connections to the Underground Railroad. 

Brantford had a small but vibrant Black community by the 1830s and the community was an important stop on the Underground Railroad in November 1860. 

Hear the story of some of the freedom seekers who settled in Brantford, whose lives centred around faith, music and family. Descendants include Florence Jones, church secretary for more than 40 years; Rob and Evelyn Johnson who with 12 of their 14 children toured Ontario as the Royal Canadian Harmony Singers in the 1940s; and Karen Burke, who today is a choral conductor/clinician, composer, music director and Associate Professor at York University, among whose accomplishments is the founding of both the Toronto Mass Choir and the York University Gospel Choir.

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Natalie Zina Wolschots - April 12
Natalie Zina Wolschots

Tuesday, April 12
7 p.m.

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Natalie Zina Wolschots is the author of the critically-acclaimed book Hench, which was a 2021 Canada Reads selection.

Natalie Zina Walschots is a writer and game designer whose work includes LARP scripts, heavy metal music journalism, videogame lore, and weirder things classified as “interactive experiences.” Her writing on the interactive adventure The Aluminum Cat won an IndieCade award, and her poetic exploration of the notes engine in Bloodborne was featured in Kotaku and First Person Scholar. She is (unfortunately) the author of two books of poetry: Thumbscrews, which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains. Natalie sits on the board of Dames Making Games, a space for queer and gender-marginalized people to create games freely, where she hosts interactive narrative workshops. She plays a lot of D&D, participates in a lot of Nordic LARPs, watches a lot of horror movies, and reads a lot of speculative fiction. She lives in Toronto with her partner and five cats. This is, arguably, too many cats.

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Michelle Good
Michelle Good 

Tuesday, May 5
7 p.m.

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People who had registered for the previously cancelled event with Michelle do not need to re-register for this event.

Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. While practicing law she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada, and her poetry was included on best Canadian poetry lists in 2016 and 2017. Her first novel, Five Little Indians, won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Award. It was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award.

Michelle Good now lives and writes in the southern interior of British Columbia.