Young Writers Reading at the Jazz Room (Huether)

AmandaPoet Amanda Jernigan. Photo Credit: John Haney.

If you don’t have plans for Thursday, September 25th, and the Huether’s Jazz Room (59 King St. N.) sounds like a pretty good place to be at 7pm, you might consider attending the 10th anniversary celebration of Biblioasis Press. Authors Amanda Jernigan, Alexander MacLeod, John Metcalf, K.D. Miller, Kerry-Lee Powell, and Ray Robertson will be reading from their work and taking part in a panel discussion afterward. Some of you might know Amanda Jernigan, who has been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award; her collection Groundwork was also selected as a Top-5 Poetry Book of the Year on

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Alumni Present at the Waterloo Renaissance Workshop

Arcimboldo_Librarian_StokholmProfessor Kenneth Graham, of UWaterloo’s English Department, has announced an exciting new initiative, which includes presentations by two UWaterloo alumni, Dr. Danila Sokolov (a PhD graduate and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, Brock University) and Dr. Emily Anglin (who holds an undergraduate degree from UWaterloo, and is now a Fellow at Victoria College’s Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies). As he writes:

“I’m happy to announce a new forum for the presentation and discussion of research on early modern English literature and culture. The Waterloo Renaissance Workshop will offer opportunities for students, faculty, and independent scholars to share their work with other specialists in a more relaxed setting than conferences and formal lectures normally provide.

The format will vary, but meetings will usually begin with a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by discussion for the rest of the hour. Conversations may continue beyond this, aided by refreshments. For the Fall 2014 semester, the meetings will be held Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. in Hagey Hall 232.


October 9: Toby Malone (Postdoctoral Fellow, Drama, University of Waterloo)

November 13: Walter Lim (Associate Professor, English, National University of Singapore)

The presenters in the Winter 2015 semester will be Danila Sokolov and Emily Anglin (dates and times TBA). More information about the presenters and their topics will follow as the presentations draw closer.”

Alumni & Faculty Authors at Word on the Street

where the airThis year’s Kitchener-Waterloo Word on the Street is Saturday, September 2oth, and features two Waterloo alumni, and one St. Jerome’s lecturer. Alumnus Evan Munday, author of the Dead Kid Detective Agency series, will be reading. Carrie Snyder, Waterloo alumna and now instructor, who has been short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award, will also appear. Claire Tacon, a lecturer at St. Jerome’s, will also be featured; she is the author of the novel, In the Field (Biblioasis), which received the 2010-2011 Metcalf-Rooke Award.

Other authors include Ian Weir, Russell Wangersky, and Tasneem Jamal, local author of Where the Air is Sweet (HarperCollins). Set in part in Kitchener-Waterloo, Where the Air is Sweet has received very favorable reviews. As the Globe and Mail observes, “The immediacy in Jamal’s prose will allow readers to absorb her characters’ anxieties as their lives fall to pieces that cannot easily be put back together. This story is at turns engrossing, shocking, beautiful, yet revolting in its dark reality.”

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An evening of speculative fiction with UW alumni & faculty

readingUWaterloo English alumna Marcy Italiano and English professor Sarah Tolmie are just two of the authors featured at an evening of readings by local authors of speculative fiction. Another former English student, Michael Damyanovich, is among those providing music. All are welcome.

National Post calls it “indisputably his best novel to date”


Former St. Jerome’s English professor, and Governor General’s Award nominee, Eric McCormack, has a new book, Cloud (published by Penguin). In a recent review, The National Post describes McCormack as “one of our most boldly original and entertaining writers” and his newest novel as “indisputably his best novel to date.” He will be reading this Thursday, September 18th at the Fireplace Lounge, Sweeney Hall, St. Jerome’s University, 290 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, ON. Free parking available at St Paul’s University College. For more information, please contact Kelly Macnab at 519-884-8111 ext. 28301,

Founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies to Speak


Dr. Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Alberta, will be giving a talk titled” Entrepreneurship as the New Common Sense” on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:30am-12:00pm, in PAS 2438.


“In discussions of economics, development, employment, and politics, the figure of the entrepreneur has become a kind of master-signifier or episteme that structures life and experience within the global North.  And the episteme is not limited to these fields: it has crept into the world of arts, culture, education, and everyday behavior, colonizing the social—and the thinkable—as such. Terms such as “social entrepreneurship,” the “cultural entrepreneur,” and “the entrepreneurial self” have become more and more commonplace, linking the financial, social, artistic, and organizational. Adopting entrepreneurial modes of life and behavior is increasingly linked with correct behavior, with doing one’s part in society by maintaining the appropriate orientation both to external fields of possibility (the social, economic, aesthetic, political and so on) and to the internal field of one’s own self.  In this paper, I will explore some of the ways in which the idea of entrepreneurship and the figure of the entrepreneurial subject circulate and operate today. What does the rise of entrepreneurship tell us about where we are today?”

From his website: Dr. Szeman “is the founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the US Cultural Studies Association. Szeman is founding editor of Reviews in Cultural Theory and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Mediations. Current projects include: a book on the cultural politics of oil; an edited collection on energy, history and politics; and a major companion to critical and cultural theory.”

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New faculty book: Sonnet in a Blue Dress

tolmieSarah Tolmie, an Associate Professor in UWaterloo’s English Department, will be reading from her new collection Sonnet in a Blue Dress and Other Poems at the Baseline Press chapbook launches coming up later this fall: Sunday November 9th at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto, and Monday November 10th at Organic Works Bakery in London. Doors open at 7:00 pm, readings at 7:30. The 23-poem volume is now available on the Baseline Press website.