Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE INTIMACY OF EDITING with AMANDA JERNIGAN

TUES OCT 10
7.30p.m.- 9.00p.m.
LINC classroom, 4th floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

Scholarly editing can look from the outside like the dryest of disciplines: all those hours spent leafing through archives and collating versions. In this discussion, Amanda Jernigan will show how the work of scholarly editing can actually bring us marvellously close to writers’ lives and minds. With examples drawn from her work on poets Richard Outram and Steven Heighton.

Amanda Jernigan is a poet, librettist, essayist, and editor who lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She is the author of two books of poems, Groundworkand All the Daylight Hours. A third book — Years, Months, and Days — is forthcoming from Biblioasis in Spring, 2018.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER YOUR CANADA

TUES SEPT 12
7.30p.m. -9.00p.m.
LINC Classroom, 4th floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

We shall explore how our appreciation of landscape relates to life and leads to writing.
Joanna Lawson is a retired educator. She became a poet when she dealt with the grief of losing her husband in 1987.  With the help of her uncle Vincent Francis, who died in 1989, and the ongoing assistance of the Tower Poetry Society members, the writing group to which she belongs, she continues to hone her writing skills.  My Canada is her most recent book of poetry published in 2017. Joanna’s books are available through thebookband.com
She can be reached at jlawson12@cogeco.ca


Sunday, May 28, 2017

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN READING FROM A PAGE OF PAPER AND READING FROM A SCREEN

TUES JUNE 13
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
Hamilton Room, 1st floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library
Our guest for the evening is Jeff Mahoney, a columnist for the Hamilton Spectator.

Monday, April 17, 2017

SPEAKING WITH MANY TONGUES

TUES MAY 9
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m.
Hamilton Room, 1st floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

What does it mean to write in more than one language? 
What does it mean to include other languages in your English writing? 
An invitation to discuss and share work.

GARY BARWIN is the author of 21 books of poetry and fiction. His bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates was a Governor General’s Award and Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist and his latest poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers was just published by Wolsak & Wynn. He will be Writer-in Residence at HPL/McMaster University in 2017-2018. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at garybarwin.com

Sunday, March 19, 2017

SPRING AND LITERARY LIFE

TUES APR 11
7.30p.m.-9.00p.m., LINC CLASSROOM, 4th floor, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library

Open discussion on literary events, writing life and more. Updates on what's next with LitChat.

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.