Writing Canada (2)

Carol Bruneau, David Chariandy, Dawn Dumont, Eliza Robertson

Writing Canada (2)

Moderator: Anne Fleming

Event Number: 75
Tickets: $20.00

Writing Canada (2)

Carol Bruneau, David Chariandy, Dawn Dumont, Eliza Robertson

Saturday, October 21
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St.

Join us again on a cross-country trip on the Writing Canada train, celebrating Canada’s 150th year. This journey starts on BC’s coast (Salt Spring Island in the 1950’s, to be exact) in Eliza’s Robertson’s atmospheric debut novel Demi-Gods. The we head east, to the Prairies, with Saskatchewan writer Dawn Dumont’s short stories that interconnect the friendship of four Indigenous people over several decades. Our train pulls into Scarborough and the leaning, concrete towers of a housing complex where David Chariandy sets his new novel Brother. Then we roll on to Nova Scotia where Carol Bruneau makes us feel the salt air and overhear the small-town gossip in her short story collection. So many Canadas for us to explore.

Presented by SFU Library

Note: We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Jeff Lemire will not be appearing in this event. We are pleased to announce that Eliza Robertson has been added to this event.

Event Participants:

Carol Bruneau

Nova Scotia

Carol Bruneau is the author of six award-winning, critically-acclaimed books Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and has become a book club favourite. Bruneau’s reviews, stories and essays have appeared in newspapers, anthologies and journals across Canada. She teaches writing at NSCAD University. Her new short fiction collection, A Bird on Every Tree, details the shifting concepts of what it means to be Nova Scotian and how we define home.


David Chariandy

British Columbia

David Chariandy is a Canadian writer and one of the co-founders of Commodore Books, the first dedicated black Canadian press in Western Canada. His academic focus is on diaspora and the racialized experience of black Canadians, as well as the stories they tell. His debut novel, Soucouyant, was well-reviewed and nominated for many literary prizes and awards, including a shortlisting for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Brother, his second novel, details the relationship of two Trinidadian teenager brothers as they navigate their way through the complex issues of identity, race, and family. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University.

Dawn Dumont


Dawn Dumont is a Plains Cree comedian, actor and writer. She has written for CBC Radio and the Edmonton Journal, and is currently a columnist for Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post and Eagle Feather News.  Her work has been published in magazines, literary journals and anthologies like Now and Gatherings. Glass Beads is Dumont’s new short story collection about the friendship of four First Nations people and how they evolve through family tragedy, historical events, and newfound intimacy over two decades.


Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. She attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and Journey Prize. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book award and selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. In 2015, she was named as one of five emerging writers for the Writers’ Trust Five x Five program. She lives in Montreal.