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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Six Reasons Why NOT to Write (and what to make of them) PART 2

TUES JUNE 14
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
LINC classroom, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

 A young man once asked the great mythologist and story-teller, Joseph Campbell, whether or not he should become a writer. Campbell's response to the young man was this - "Can you endure ten years of disappointment with nobody responding to you?" The reasons why NOT to write are profuse, pervasive, and persuasive. Join novelist and poet, Janet Turpin Myers, for a free-ranging discussion about some of the best justifications (excuses?) for not writing - and (hopefully) develop arguments to silence these naggings of negativity.

JANET TURPIN MYERS has been writing all her life, despite being advised as a teenager to pursue office work rather than writing.  Her poetry has appeared in Hammered Out and Tower Poetry. Her debut novel, Nightswimming was published in 2013 by Seraphim Editions. Her short story, Crashing, won third place in Hamilton's gritLIT Short Fiction competition. The Last Year of Confusion was published in May 2015. She is a graduate of McMaster University, and a happy resident of the ravines and forests of north Burlington's beautiful escarpment lands.

Monday, April 18, 2016

WHAT CONCERNS YOU?

TUES MAY 10
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
Hamilton Room, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library
We welcome those of you who are willing to disclose yo ur concerns about subject matter or themes in fiction and what pleasure or pain you get as writers or readers.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

THE EDITOR/WRITER RELATIONSHIP: FICTION & NON-FICTION with GEORGE AND TRUDI DOWN

TUES APRIL 12
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m. Hamilton room, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library 

G. W. Down is a poet, lyricist, editor and business consultant who lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He has edited more than twenty books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. He has also been Editor-in-chief of the Tower Poetry Society since 2012, and is a partner in The Book Band, a company which does marketing, distribution and promotion for Canadian publishers.
 
After graduating with a BA in History (McMaster) and obtaining a teacher’s certificate from Hamilton Teacher’s College, Trudi worked at McMaster University library, first in the book selection/book ordering section, and then as Head of the Circulation Department at Mills Memorial Library. These experiences provided her with excellent writing, editing, research and proofreading skills. She founded The Corporate Word over 25 years ago to offer writing, editing and proofreading services. Currently, Trudi copyedits research articles for online American and Canadian medical journals.