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Algoma U Hosts Two-Time Giller Prize Winner Moyez G. Vassanji

As part of Algoma University’s Algoma Reads program, Algoma University will be hosting two of the shortlisted 2017 Canada Reads authors for public lectures this fall. This lecture series kicks-off with a talk from two-time Giller Prize winner Moyez G. Vassanji on September 26 at 5:30pm in the Doc Brown Lounge.

Algoma Reads, 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, September 26: Moyez G. Vassanji author of Nostalgia
  • 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
  • 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

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Moyez. G. Vassanji is a Member of the Order of Canada (2005) and a two-time Giller Prize winner (1994 and 2003). In 2009, he earned the Governor-General’s Prize for Non-fiction. He has penned seven novels, as well as various short stories, memoirs, and a biography of Canadian writer Mordecai Richler. His work has been widely translated and he has been awarded many honourary doctorates. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Canada.

Tickets for the public lecture series can be purchased at the George Leach Centre (GLC). Each public lecture is $40.00 (or $10.00 for high school students). Those interested in attending all of the lectures can purchase a packaged bundle for $250.00, which includes an Algoma Reads mug, bookmark, and access to five community book club meetings at Café Natura. Parking will be provided to those at the lectures.

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

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