This is one of those amazing things it’s hard not to get excited about: Jamaican-Canadian writer Olive Senior is reading at UWaterloo this Thursday, 20 November, at 4:30 pm, in St. Jerome’s 3027. Senior’s short story collection Summer Lightening won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (and maybe part of the reason I’m particularly excited is I have fond memories of studying it as a student).
Olive Senior is the prizewinning author of 14 books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children’s literature. She won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (for Summer Lightning) and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry (Over the Roofs of the World). Her other poetry books are Talking of Trees, Gardening in the Tropics (on the syllabus of Caribbean schools) and Shell. Her novel Dancing Lessons was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, was a Globe Best Book and was long listed for the IMPAC Dublin International Prize. Her children’s picture books are Birthday Suit and Anna Carries Water. Her latest work, Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panana Canal has just been released by University of the West Indies Press in the centenary year of the opening of the Panama Canal. She returns to short fiction in 2015 with the release of The Pain Tree by Cormorant Press.
Olive Senior conducts writing workshops internationally and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers, Toronto.
For more information about the Reading Series, please visit canlitkicksass.blogspot.ca
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.