Thursday, February 9, 2017

GETTING TO KNOW DIFFERENT LITERARY PUBLISHERS

TUES MARCH 14
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m. Hamilton Room, 1st floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library 

Our guest, NOELLE ALLEN, is the publisher of Wolsak and Wynn, the past chair of the Literary Press Group and a current member of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Advisory Committee.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

IMAGINATION IS TRUTH: autobiographical fiction and when it is more true to invent than report

TUES FEB 14
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m. LINC classroom, 4th floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library
      
CHRISTINE POUNTNEY is a mother, writer, teacher and editor whose work has been published to great acclaim in Canada and the UK. Pountney studied English Literature at McGill University and University College Dublin and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She published her first novel, Last Chance Texaco, with Faber and Faber and was long listed for the Orange Prize in 2000.
She has since published two more novels – The Best Way You Know How and Sweet Jesus – which both Irvine Walsh and Barbara Gowdy chose as one of their Best Books of 2012. Pountney has written for The Erotic Review, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail , Elle, Flair, Nuvo, The New Quarterly, Brick and Hazlitt Magazine.

Monday, December 19, 2016

THE RIGHT WAY TO RANT with RUTH EDGETT

TUES JAN 10, 7.30p.m. - 9p.m.
HAMILTON ROOM, 1st floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

A rant, done well, can be a very effective and entertaining thing; done poorly, it can just make you look silly. Come prepared with a rant of your own and we'll help you make it into a thing of beauty.

Ruth Edgett is a Hamilton-area writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, and a dabbler in poetry. A former newspaper journalist turned public relations consultant, Ruth is a compiling editor in The Meaning of Forever Project, author of A Watch in the Night: The story of Pomquet Island's last lightkeeping family (Nimbus), of stories in three collections by the same publisher, and a frustrated submitter to literary journals who would like to rant about that.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

STORIES IN DECEMBER

TUES DEC 13
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
LINC classroom, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

In LitChat’s annual tradition, everyone is welcome to bring a story to read in a warm and friendly group setting. This is your chance to share with us something you have written or a short piece by your favourite author. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

THE INTERRELATION OF PLACE AND STORY, PLACE AND WRITING with DANIEL COLEMAN

TUES NOV 8
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
LINC classroom, 4th floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

There’s a lot of writing about Hamilton these days. So much that Wolsak and Wynn has a new series of Hamilton books. Why does place need stories? What is it that makes us want to write about places, especially everyday, non-celebrity places? Join Daniel Coleman for a wide-ranging discussion about the interrelation of place and story, place and writing.

Daniel Coleman lives in Hamilton and works at McMaster University where he teaches and studies Canadian Literature and writes creative non-fiction. He has published Masculine Migrations (U Toronto P, 1998), The Scent of Eucalyptus (Goose Lane Editions, 2003), White Civility (U Toronto P, 2006) and In Bed With the Word (U Alberta P, 2009). He has co-edited ten scholarly volumes on various topics including early Canadian culture, Caribbean Canadian writing, masculinities, postcoloniality, race, the retooling of the humanities, and displacement. His forthcoming book Yard Work: A Biography for an Urban Place devotes its attention to the lot he lives on near the Ancaster Creek valley.

Monday, September 19, 2016

DAYLIGHTING CHEDOKE with JOHN TERPSTRA

TUES OCT 11
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
LINC classroom, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

Daylighting Chedoke, and other adventures in tracking down the natural landscape in an urban environment. What story do we tell, once we have paved paradise and put up a parking lot?

John Terpstra is a Hamilton poet, writer and carpenter who has published nine books of poetry, four books of non-fiction, two of which, Falling into Place and The House with the Parapet Wall, lean heavily on Hamilton and its built and natural environs. He has won a few prizes along the way. This year he received the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Writing. He is currently working on a project about Chedoke Creek.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

WRITING WORKSHOPS AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CRITICISM

TUES SEPT 13
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
LINC classroom, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

Chris Pannell’s latest poetry book is A Nervous City (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013). This title won the Kerry Schooley Book Award from the Hamilton Arts Council. In 2010, his book Drive won the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize and the Arts Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year. From 1993 to 2005 he ran the new writing workshop and published two anthologies of work by that group. He has a book of poetry forthcoming in 2016 called Love, Despite the Ache. He is a former board member of the gritLIT Writers Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He hosts and helps organize the monthly Hamilton reading series Lit Live.