Dionne Brand / Friday / 7pm

On Friday March 4th, Writers Read is pleased to host an evening with the renowned poet, novelist, and essayist, Dionne Brand. For Montreal, this is a once in a decade or perhaps even a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in the room with Brand, listening to her read and discuss her work.


Dionne Brand’s writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice, including particularly issues of gender and race. Dionne Brand has published eighteen books, contributed to seventeen anthologies, written dozens of essays and articles, and made four documentary films for the National Film Board (Canadian Poetry Online). She has won several awards for her writing including the Governor General’s Award and The Griffin Poetry Prize. She is currently a Professor of English at the University of Guelph. Her most recent novel is Love Enough, which is set in Toronto.

In her new novel, Brand explores the enigmas of intimacy, which, like language, do not exist on neutral ground. Through the interconnected stories of four characters – June, Bedri, Da’uud, and Lia – [Brand] imagines the city of Toronto as a setting for pain, heartbreak, disappointment, and fear. –Quill & Quire


Dionne Brand will read at 7pm on March 4th 2016, at the York Amphitheatre (EV 1.605, 1515 St. Catherine Street W., Concordia University). This event is free and open to the public.


ROM COM: Dina & Daniel, Tomorrow at 2PM

Tomorrow afternoon, Concordia’s Writers Read is thrilled to be hosting the West Coast poetry duo of Dina del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli. They’re stopping by as part of their book tour for Rom Com (Talon Books, 2015), which is an exploration both of the romantic comedy genre itself and so-called real life through the lens of film. Definitely a not-to-miss event!

*Heart-shaped sunglasses are optional, but not discouraged.

Dina del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli: Rom Com
October 2nd at 2PM, EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine W.
York Amphitheatre (room 1.605)

“At precisely the cultural moment you were hoping for, a dream team of smart, sexy, brunette, West Coast poets of Italian descent has passionately co-authored an intelligent collection of poetry that both celebrates and capsizes the romantic comedy.” –Talon Books

Get to Know Deirdre Madden!

Deirdre Madden

For those of you who aren’t as familiar with this year’s opening writer as you should be, check out this interview in The Guardian. Starting with an overview of Madden’s work, this article discusses the novelist’s literary beginnings as well as the complex political contexts of her work. Madden will give a public reading on Friday, October 10 at 7PM at Concordia University (Room H-767, Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor)




Writers Read at Concordia is pleased to present bestselling fiction author Francine Prose for a public reading on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7PM in room 767 of the Henry F. Hall Building (H-767) at Concordia University (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.).

Francine Prose is the author of seventeen works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like A Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Francine Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.