Friends of the Library Events 2015-2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016: The 16thArchibald Lampman Poetry Reading, Anne Michaels
Anne Michaels grew up in Toronto and earned a BA in Honours English at the University of Toronto, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member in the English department. In 2015 she was named Toronto’s Poet Laureate. Michaels is first and foremost a poet. Her first collection, The Weight of Oranges, won the 1986 Commonwealth Prize for the Americas. It combines an exploration of the sensual body and its experience of the natural world with the nature of memory and of a past that is haunted by the Holocaust. Rooted in autobiography and erotically charged, Michaels’s poems are aching evocations of loss of childhood, of youth and of love. Miner’s Pond (1991) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and won the Canadian Authors Association Award. Her third volume of poems is Skin Divers (1999). Poems (2000) combines Michaels’s first three books in one volume. Correspondences (2013) is a book-length poem that serves as an elegy for the poet’s father as it forms a broader meditation on memory, history and language.
Michaels’s first novel, Fugitive Pieces (1996), brought her national recognition and awards, including the Trillium Book Award and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award (now called the Amazon.ca First Novel Award). The novel also garnered international acclaim, winning Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction and America’s Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. A fi lm version of Fugitive Pieces, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, was produced in 2006. Michaels’s second novel, The Winter Vault (2009) was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller prize (2009), the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book (2010) and the Trillium Book Award.
This event is open to current Friends of the Library members and their guests. Please RSVP by 21 February 2016
Where: Combination Room, Trinity College in the University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Ave. Toronto, Ontario
When: 5:30 Wednesday, February 24, 2016
To RSVP please contact: Phone: 416-978-2653
Thursday, April 7th, 2016: The 15th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture: Simon Stern, Margins of Authority: The Place of the Legal Citation on the Page
Where: Trinity College in the University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Ave. Toronto, Ontario
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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016: An Evening with Kenneth Oppel
He is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide, and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn was winner of a Michael L Printz Honor Book Award, and the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, and The Boundless, a thriller set aboard the longest, most magnifi cent train ever built. His most recent book is The Nest, a novel illustrated by Caldecott-winner Jon Klassen. Born on Vancouver Island, Oppel has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, and Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children.
This event is open to current Friends of the Library members and their guests. Please RSVP by 15 January 2016