Carleton University’s Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will present the 2019 Munro Beattie Lecture featuring David Chariandy, award-winning author and Carleton alumnus.
The lecture, The First Semester, will explore how his experiences as a student at Carleton shaped his identity and commitment as a writer.
When: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Where: Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public.
Media are invited to attend the event.
The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.
About David Chariandy
Chariandy’s first novel, Soucouyant, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, Brother, won the Roger’s Writers’ Trust Award, the City of Toronto Book Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for Canada Reads, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. Brother was named “Book of the Year” by a dozen periodicals. His latest book is the non-fiction I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter. Chariandy is a professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University.
About the Munro Beattie Lecture
The Munro Beattie Lecture was launched in 1985 to honour the English 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.
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