Photo of author André Alexis.

Carleton to Host Giller Prizewinner André Alexis for 2017 Munro Beattie Lecture

Carleton University’s Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will present the Munro Beattie Lecture featuring André Alexis, winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize for fiction and former Carleton student.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Where: Room 101, Azrieli Theatre, Carleton University
Info: This event is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Alexis was awarded the Giller Prize for his novel Fifteen Dogs, part of a projected five-part series of novels, each one involving the conventions of a different genre. His most recent novel, The Hidden Keys, was published September 2016.

Alexis’s talk will focus on the challenges involved in undertaking this ambitious project. He will also read from his latest unpublished work.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Carleton University, as well as the 65th anniversary of the Department of English, this year’s Munro Beattie lecture will feature a reception and door prizes.

About the Munro Beattie Lecture

The Munro Beattie Lecture was launched in 1985 to honour the department’s founding chair and his contributions to literary studies in Canada. An important principle of the lecture series has been to invite writers and critics who can speak about issues of importance to the general public, as well as the academic world. The first lecture was given by Beattie’s friend and colleague, poet Eli Mandel, and the second by renowned literary critic Northrop Frye. Since then the series has been an important annual event at Carleton.

About Carleton’s 75th Anniversary

Carleton’s 75th anniversary in 2017 celebrates the university’s commitment to giving back through education while pursuing contributions to the common good. These founding values are at the heart of the university’s focus on research, community partnerships and teaching excellence. Carleton students, faculty, staff and alumni are motivated by a desire to make their world a better place. And as the university marks a major milestone in Canada’s 150th anniversary year, we are showcasing the innovation and creativity of our collaborations. Because what’s good for Carleton is good for Canada and the world. It’s been a tradition for 75 years.


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