Modern Day Satire

Suzette Mayr, Tom Perrotta

Modern Day Satire

Moderator: Merilyn Simonds

Event Number: 10
Tickets: $20.00

Modern Day Satire

Suzette Mayr, Tom Perrotta

Tuesday, October 17
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

Vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings—all fodder of great satire—are on full display in the work of these two writers, who’ve chosen the long-established satire genre to put our lives under the microscope. Tom Perrotta takes a swipe at sexuality, identity and parenthood in modern-day America, as his Mrs. Fletcher explores the erotic exploits of middle-aged women just like herself. Suzette Mayr turns a campus novel into a darkly funny gothic horror story of cutthroat peers, ruthless administration, and maggot-and hare-infested haunted halls. Satire done well has always made us laugh, albeit a little uncomfortably, at our own behaviour.

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Suzette Mayr


Suzette Mayr has written four critically-acclaimed novels. Monoceros was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was on The Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2011. As a poet, novelist and professor, much of her work focuses on issues of identity and race. She is a former President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.  Her fifth novel, Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall, is a captivating satire about the stresses of academic life and what could be lurking under the surface of your university building.

Tom Perrotta

United States

For many years, Tom Perrotta taught writing at universities like Yale and Harvard while he was struggled to get published. His first novel, Election, was eventually picked up, and was a huge hit. It was made into a critically-acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated film, as was his novel Little Children. He also worked with HBO to adapt his novel, The Leftovers, into a successful show. His latest, Mrs. Fletcher, is a witty examination of sexuality, desire, and identity as a middle-aged woman tries to figure out what she wants after her only child leaves for college.