Morris House Reading Series

Morris House Reading Series

The Morris House Reading Series brings both established and up-and-coming authors to Bishop’s University to present their work, answer questions, and meet with the audience during the informal reception that follows.

The Series is currently being supported by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, Bishop’s University Academic Enrichment Fund, Bishop’s University Bookstore, Canada Council for the Arts, and Bishop’s University Speakers Committee. The Series is also one of the founding members of the Literary Umbrella of Quebec (LUQ), a coalition of English-language Quebec literary promoters that shares its resources for the benefits of writers, students, organizers and the general public.

Authors who have previously visited us for the Series are listed in the Morris House Reading Series archives. You can also visit our Photo Gallery. For more information about the Morris House Reading Series or upcoming readings, contact its organizer, Dr. Linda M. Morra.

The 2017-2018 reading series promises to be as exciting as ever. This year’s list of outstanding writers includes the following:

Shannon Webb-Campbell, photo by Dayna DangerShannon Webb-Campbell
Thursday, November 16, 2017
11 AM – 12 PM, at the Foreman Art Gallery, with reception in lobby to follow.

Sponsored by the Speakers’ Committee and the Foreman Art Gallery, with support from l’Université de Sherbrooke.

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed-Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic currently based in Montreal. Her first book, Still No Word (2015), was the inaugural recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award. She was Canadian Women in the Literary Arts critic-in-residence in 2014, and sits on CWILA’s board of directors. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, journals, and publications across Canada including the Globe and Mail, Geist Magazine, the Malahat Review, Canadian Literature, Room, and Quill and Quire. In 2017, she facilitated a book club-style reading of The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada at Atwater Library in Montreal; she also championed Carl Daniel’s novel Bearskin Diary for CBC Montreal’s Turtle Island Reads. Who Took My Sister? is her second book.

Shani MootooShani Mootoo
Thursday, November 28, 2017
11 AM – 12 PM, at the Foreman Art Gallery, with reception in lobby to follow.

Sponsored by the Speakers’ Committee and the Foreman Art Gallery, with support from l’Université de Sherbrooke.

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She is a novelist and a visual artist. Mootoo’s novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award; and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is a recipient of the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature, a Chalmers Fellowship Award, and the James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. Her visual art, including painting and photography, has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. She is currently represented by Hatch Gallery, Prince Edward County. Mootoo Lives in Southern Ontario.

Elise MoserElise Moser
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Elise Moser has published three books: a novel for adults, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It (2009), a YA novel, Lily and Taylor (2013), and What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling (2016), a nonfiction book for kids aged 8-12. She has led writing workshops and mentored emerging writers for the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF). She is associate editor for Linda Leith Publishing and coordinates the Atwater Writers Exhibition. She serves on the boards of the QWF, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and PEN Canada, and recently joined the English-language Programming Committee of the Blue Metropolis Montréal International Literary Festival.