Bestselling Authors Barbara Gowdy and Andrew Pyper Headline Eh List Author Series

February 27, 2017 | Sarah Weinrauch

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This spring marks the 8th year of The eh List Author Series and over 500 author readings at Toronto Public Library branches where you can come see, hear, meet and ask questions of your favourite writers from across the country. With funding from Canada Council for the Arts, the eh List is Toronto’s premiere destination for lovers of Canadian literature, hosting award-winning authors and exciting new voices.

The season opens on Monday, March 6 with playwright, author, and all around funny man, Drew Hayden Taylor. His latest novel, Take Us To Your Chief, features classic sci-fi stories with Indigenous elements and modern twists. Also in March, Scotiabank Giller Prize nominated author Kamal Al-Solaylee on colourism and what it is to be brown; Eva Crocker, shortlisted for the RBC Fresh Fish Award, and writer Chris Gilmore in conversation with Richard Scarsbrook on short stories; and ladies of historical fiction, Sally Christie, Genevieve Graham and Roberta Rich on enemies, allies and antiquities with Ann Y. K. Choi.

Featured authors in this spring's eh List Author Series.
Left to right, top to bottom: Andrew Pyper, Barbara Gowdy, Xue YiWei, Cea Sunrise Person, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Phoebe Wang, Drew Hayden Taylor, Catherine Leroux and Steven Price


Literary aficionados will enjoy talks with international bestselling author Barbara Gowdy reflecting on the limits of the human mind and her new novel, Little Sisters. Award-winning author of the Withdrawal Method and Toronto Public Library’s Writer in Residence, Pasha Malla, on his latest novel Fugue States with Farzana Doctor. Critically acclaimed author Elise Levine on one woman’s descent into the depths of grief, risk-addiction and deep-sea diving. And Catherine Leroux share insights to her English translated award-winning novel, The Party Wall, on June 7 and the next day on June 8, the original French version, Le mur mitoyen, en français with Line Boily of Radio-Canada.

Celebrating sonnets, lyrics, and written rhythms during National Poetry Month, Toronto’s Poet Laureate Anne Michaels talks to acclaimed poets Roo Borson and Phoebe Wang. And on April 4, the Toronto Poetry Project brings out the laughter with a different type of event… A comedy poetry slam!

Pasha Malla, Fugue States    Drew Hayden Taylor, Take Us to Your Chief    Barbara Gowdy, Little Sister 
Eva Crocker, Barrelling Forward   Roo Borson, Cardinal in the Eastern White Pine    Xue YiWei, Shenzheners  

For those seeking thrills and chills, enjoy #1 international bestselling author of The Demonologist, Andrew Pyper on his latest dark, Gothic tale, The Only Child. Award-winning author Steven Price reveals the inner workings of his thriller set in the 19th century, By Gaslight, with 2016 Toronto Book Award winner Cordelia Strube.  Mystery writer Ian Hamilton takes on the mafia, triads and the eighth installment of the Ava Lee series, The Couturier of Milan.

In non-fiction, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson on Ice Ghosts and the science, technology, and Inuit knowledge that contributed to the discovery of the HMS Erebus. Terry O’Reilly shares his wisdom on the art and science of marketing.  Model and bestselling author Cea Sunrise Person on her unconventional family, the power of taking responsibility and her new memoir, Nearly Normal.

Paul Watson - Ice Ghosts     Elise Levine, Blue Field   Catherin Leroux, Le Mur Mitoyen    
Ian Hamilton, Courturier of Milan    Chris Gilmore, Nobodies    Phoebe Wang, Admission Requirements   

Also appearing in this season’s line up, bestselling author of The Bear, Claire Cameron on her new novel The Last Neanderthal, acclaimed Chinese-Canadian writer Xue Yiwei on his first English book, Shenzheners, writer and editor of the M Word, Kerry Clare on secrets, truths and Mitzi Bytes with Globe & Mail’s Marissa Stapley, and historical fiction writer Jennifer Robson on Goodnight from London with Kate Hilton.

Place a hold on a book or purchase a copy at the event courtesy of Gladday Bookshop and have it signed by the author. Full details of this season’s programs are available online at You can also follow the conversation online using the hashtag: #ehList.