The eh List Writer Series Fall 2019
We are delighted to announce the literary talent joining us from across Canada to discuss their new books for Fall 2019 The eh List Writer Series!
At library branches across Toronto, enjoy conversations on Canadian literature and culture with award-winning authors, poets, journalists and exciting new voices. Meet your favourite writers, ask questions and get your books signed. All eh List events are free and no registration is required.
This season hosts debut authors (including Toronto’s own Adnan Khan and Téa Mutonji), rising stars (like mental health advocates Kai Cheng Thom and Martha Baillie) and Can Lit heavyweights (don’t miss beloved mystery aficionado Louise Penny and legendary science commentator Bob McDonald), along with many other writers who are putting the Canadian experience onto the page. Check out the range of topics and genres that the eh List writers are exploring this fall.
Scotiabank Giller Prize and Rogers Writers’ Trust nominated author Alix Ohlin kicks off the season with a visit from Vancouver to share her critically-acclaimed novel Dual Citizens. Lovers of literature will also want to check out Emma Donoghue who will talk with Toronto Star Books Editor Deborah Dundas about the highly-anticipated Akin, her first contemporary novel since Room.
The season also hosts fantastic (and fantastical!) fiction with Anishinaabe writer Karen McBride who presents Crow Winter, her shapeshifting and ambitious debut. Other plot-driven highlights include Night of Power, the heart-wrenching story of a family in crisis, from Toronto screenwriter Anar Ali; and Farah Heron’s hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy Chai Factor.
Fall also brings chilling reads with page-turning thrillers and true-crime investigations. Katie Daubs visits City Hill Branch for a lunchtime talk on the unsolved mystery of Ambrose Small, who deposited a million-dollar cheque into his bank account and was never seen again… And another dose of true crime is supplied in a panel discussion with Lorna Poplak, Lee Mellor, James Dubro and Nate Handley, who discuss the real-life cases that informed their books and how the criminals involved in those cases were brought to justice (or not).
Crime novels are handled with Maureen Jennings, whose book Heat Wave is set in 1930s Toronto, and waves of suspense continue with Atlantic Noir: a panel discussion with Newfoundland authors Megan Gail Coles and Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and Nova Scotia writer Christy Ann Conlin. The trio will discuss their eerie novels and the influence the environment has on their writing.
And the history buffs out there will want to hear Indigenous rights lawyer, and the great-grandniece of Louis Riel, Jean Teillet discuss her comprehensive history of the Métis Nation; Janet Somerville illuminate the life of Martha Gellhorn through her Letters of Love and War, ranging from 1930-1949; and hear about celebrated historian Charlotte Gray's investigation of Sir Harry Oakes, whose 1943 murder became celebrated as "the crime of the century."
We’ve got more events scheduled across the city, and throughout the season, so hop on the Canadian tour bus and join in on the fun! Explore the full eh List Writer Series lineup.
Want to read the book before you come to an event? Here's the full reading list.
What are your most anticipated events? Which books are you excited to get your hands on? Tell us below!