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“Urban Gentrification: White Futures, Black Dystopias”: Humanities professor Andrea Davis is one of four speakers at the York Circle Lecture & Lunch Series on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

This talk offers a discussion of the competing goals of urban gentrification through a reading of the documentary film Unarmed Verses (2016). The film follows the life of 12-year-old Francine Valentine for several months in 2016 as her family prepares for forced relocation from their North York, Toronto community of Villaways, targeted for demolition by a city […]

Carrianne Leung

Carrianne Leung talks about writing friendship and community rather than the 'immigrant story'

On Feb. 11, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series presented author Carrianne Leung, reading from her collection of short stories That Time I Loved You. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Carrianne Leung visited York University on Feb. 11 as part of the Canadian Writers in Person reading series. She […]

Kagiso Lesego Molope - Such A Lonely Lovely Road

Kagiso Lesego Molope on writing about queer love

On Nov. 5, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series presented author Kagiso Lesego Molope reading from her recent book, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Kagiso Lesego Molope visited the Canadian Writers in Person series at York University on Nov. 5 to talk about her latest novel, Such […]

Craig Davidson - The Saturday Night Ghost Club

Craig Davidson talks about writing as a passion and an obsession

On Oct. 22, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series presented author Craig Davidson reading from his recent book, The Saturday Night Ghost Club. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Author Craig Davidson came to the Canadian Writers in Person reading series Oct. 22 to talk about his recent book, The Saturday […]

Tanya Tagaq - Split Tooth

Musician and author Tanya Tagaq gives moving performance

On Oct. 1, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series presented renowned musician and author Tanya Tagaq. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Musician and author Tanya Tagaq visited York University on Oct. 1 to talk about her Giller Prize-nominated book, Split Tooth, as part of the Canadian Writers in […]

Zalika Reid Benta

Zalika Reid-Benta speaks about writing the Toronto she grew up in

On Sept. 17, the 2019-20 Canadian Writers in Person series made its debut with Zalika Reid-Benta’s visit. York University Teaching Assistant Dana Patrascu-Kingsley sent the following report to YFile. Frying Plantain, published in 2019, is Zalika Reid-Benta’s first book, a collection of beautifully interwoven stories that took 10 years to write. The stories focus on the protagonist’s […]

Poet Dionne Brand to deliver keynote talk at event celebrating 20 years of Canadian Writers in Person

  Presented by the   This year, Canadian Writers in Person celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special guest talk titled “What does writing do.” led by Canadian author, poet and activist Dionne Brand. Brand is one of Canada’s most accomplished authors. Through poems, essays, documentaries, fiction and non-fiction, Brand’s work inspires audiences with its […]