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Algoma U Hosts Canada Reads Author Madeline Ashby on October 17

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – October 13, 2017): As part of Algoma University’s Algoma Reads program, the University will be hosting a lecture with Canada Read’s short-listed author Madeline Ashby on October 17th at 5:30pm in the Doc Brown Lounge.

The Algoma Reads program, launched earlier this year, is a project of the Department of English and Film at Algoma U, modelled after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) successful Canada Reads. Algoma Reads aims to bring the community together on campus to celebrate literacy and reading and support civic engagement. For more information, please visit www.algomau.ca/algoma-reads.

The schedule for the Algoma Reads public talks is as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 17: Madeline Ashby author of Company Town
  • Tuesday, October 31: a discussion of Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s The Right to be Cold featuring the Bawating Water Protectors on the topic of Indigenous activism and leading climate change scientist, Dr. Dawn Bazely from York University
  • Tuesday, November 14: a discussion of Katherena Vermette’s The Break
  • Tuesday, November 28: a discussion of André Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs featuring animal cognition researcher Caroline Strang from the Western University

Madeline Ashby is an American-Canadian science-fiction writer. Her novel, Company Town, has received rave reviews, including from Margaret Atwood. Ashby graduated from the University of Ottawa and writes for the Ottawa Citizen. Her other novels include VN (2012) and iD (2013).

Tuesday’s lecture will also feature a presentation by Sharon Reid from Women in Crisis Algoma as a response to Ashby’s thematic concern with violence against women in Company Town.

Tickets for the public lecture series can be purchased at the George Leach Centre (GLC). Each public lecture is $30.00 (or $10.00 for high school students).

For more information on the public lecture series, please contact [email protected].

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