Eh List Author Series Presents Award-Winning Authors Emma Donoghue, Alexandra Shimo, M.G. Vassanji, Ami McKay and Jane Urquhart

August 11, 2016 | Sarah Weinrauch

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Literary aficionados, unite! Toronto Public Library’s eh List Author Series showcasing Canada’s A-list writers returns this fall with a dynamo lineup including superstar Emma Donoghue, two-time Giller winner M.G. Vassanji, #1 bestselling author Ami McKay and celebrated mystery writer Maureen Jennings.


Left to right, top to bottom: Emma Donnoghue, Denise Donlon, Cordelia Strube, M. G. Vassanji, Kate Taylor, Zoe Whittall, Jane Urquhart, Maureen Jennings and Ami McKay
Left to right, top to bottom: Emma Donoghue, Denise Donlon, Cordelia Strube, M. G. Vassanji, Kate Taylor, Zoe Whittall, Jane Urquhart, Maureen Jennings and Ami McKay.

The series launches on Thursday, September 8 with Ontario’s first Indigenous Lieutenant Governor, James Bartleman. Taking place at the Toronto Reference Library, Bartleman discusses growing up in an impoverished northern town, becoming a Canadian ambassador and advocating for the education of Native children. Later in the season at the Northern District branch, award-winning journalist, Alexandra Shimo, discusses the third-world conditions and a million dollar hoax surrounding Kashechewan, a northern Ontario reserve.

Debut novelists Mona Awad (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl) and Eric Beck Rubin (School of Velocity) discuss their books in October. In November two new memoirs take the stage as Toronto journalist Sue-Ann Levy discusses Underdog - being gay, Jewish, and taking on “the establishment” - while trailblazer Denise Donlon shares stories of her dynamic career in the Canadian TV and music industries and her book Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances).

13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl    Eric Beck Rubin - School of Velocity   
Three panels are being presented this seasons: The Art of the Short Story with award-winning author Russell Wangersky and writer Laura Trunkey, True Crime with private investigator and reporter Ann Brocklehurst and journalist Jeremy Grimaldi, and just in time for Halloween, Mystery & Suspense with authors Steve Burrows, Suzanne F. Kingsmill and Jeffrey Round. In addition, Hope Nicholson and contributors to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, Meghan Carter, Adrienne Kress and Jess Oliver Proulx, discuss this anthology of love stories that raised over $120,000 through a Kickstarter campaign including a contribution from none other than Margaret Atwood.

History buffs will enjoy hearing award-winning author and historian, James Laxer, on the fiery North American politics of the 1860s. Political enthusiasts will be interested in popular writer Noah Richler on his comical and revealing accounts of running for office. And Canada’s only full-time campaign manager, John Laschinger, takes us behind the scenes of Canadian and international politics and over 50 political campaigns.

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Left to right, top to bottom: Jeffery Round, John Laschinger, Russel Wangersky, Ann Brocklehurst, Noah Richler, Hope Nicholson, James Laxer, James Bartleman and Tim Falconer

Other celebrated writers featured this season include Governor-General Award winner Jane Urquhart, writer and cartoonist Teva Harrison, acclaimed author Cordelia Strube, self-professed “bad singer” Tim Falconer and Toronto favourites, Zoe Whittall and Kate Taylor.

With a little something for everyone, we invite you to place a hold on your favourite books, or purchase them from the U of T Bookstore table at the event. Bring your questions and get your book signed by your favorite Canadian writers.

Toronto Public Library gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The eh List’s media sponsor, Toronto Star. For the full listing, check out Follow the conversation online using the hashtag: #ehList.