Building on its successful 2012 reading series, “Mennonite/s Writing: Celebrating the First 50 Years,” Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to present “New Mennonite/s Writing,” a seven session reading series showcasing new work by some of the most prominent authors in the field, including: Rudy Wiebe, Jeff Gundy, Miriam Toews, Patrick Friesen, Di Brandt, David Bergen, and Carrie Snyder.
On Wednesday, March 4th, the series will conclude with Grebel alumnus Carrie Snyder, whose last work, The Juliet Stories, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Snyder’s much-anticipated new novel, Girl Runner, tells the story of an Olympic runner and a forgotten period of Canada’s past, and is set to be released across the US, the UK, and Australia in 2015, and in translation in across Europe and South America.
Carrie Snyder is the author of two books of praised short fiction, Hair Hat, and The Juliet Stories, the latter of which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Born in Hamilton, Synder grew up in Ohio and Nicaragua, and now lives in Southern Ontario. Her much anticipated first novel, Girl Runner, forthcoming this fall, will be published in 2015 in the US, the UK and Australia, and in translation in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Latin America, Sweden, Catalonia, and Poland.
The series will be hosted by Robert Zacharias, Assistant Editor of The Journal of Mennonite Studies and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at the University of Waterloo. He is author of Rewriting the Break Event: Mennonites and Migration in Canadian Literature, and editor of After Identity: Mennonite/s Writing in North America, forthcoming from Penn State UP.
The New Mennonite/s Writing series at Conrad Grebel, which promises seven evenings of compelling literature with some of Canada’s most celebrated authors, is an exciting opportunity for readers and book clubs alike.
Everyone is welcome; admission is free.
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