Speak directly with six bestselling authors in these free events

Published October 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm


Have you ever enjoyed a really good story and wished you could get some insight into the author’s mindset, or even ask them some questions directly?

From books to TV to movies, well-crafted stories make up a large portion of the entertainment we consume, but we don’t often get the opportunity to talk directly with the people who write them.

That all changes this November and December with Mississauga Library’s Author Talk series, where a number of highly talented and bestselling Canadian star authors (including multiple award winners) will discuss their works, answer questions, and shed some insight into the creative process!

This is one opportunity you definitely don’t want to miss, whether you’re already a fan of these authors or you’re just getting into the wide world of books and storytelling.

Every Friday from November 6 to December 11, residents will be able to chat with one of six authors and hear about what they’ve written (and what they’re currently writing) as they explore the unique craft of telling captivating stories.

The talks happen online from 7 to 8 pm every Friday and are completely free! Registration is required for each talk.

Here’s the star authors who will be participating in the Author Talk series and when:

Lawrence Hill

Featured work: (various)

Description: The Museums of Mississauga and Mississauga Library proudly present the famous Canadian author Lawrence Hill, who will discuss his current project, a novel about the little-known story of African-American soldiers in Canada during WWII. Natasha Henry, President of the Ontario Black History Society, will join him to explore Hill’s experiences with writing about Black history in Canada.

Lawrence Hill has authored ten books, including The Illegal, and The Book of Negroes. A recipient of The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, CBC Radio’s Canada Reads, he is also a Member of the Order of Canada.

This talk is offered in conjunction with WAR Flowers, an exhibit exploring human nature in the landscape of war.

Date and time: Friday, November 6 | 7-8 pm

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Michelle Good

Featured work: Five Little Indians

Description: Join us for a chat with Michelle Good, a Cree writer and member of Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. She will discuss her debut novel Five Little Indians, a story of five former residential school students as they struggle to survive in 1960s Vancouver and come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.

Date and time: Friday, November 13 | 7-8 pm

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Janie Chang

Featured work: The Library of Legends

Description: Join us for a conversation with Janie Chang about her captivating new historical novel The Library of Legends.

Lian and her classmates have been entrusted with a priceless treasure: a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends. The students’ common duty to safeguard the collection forms unexpected bonds. But after one classmate is murdered and another arrested, Lian realizes she must escape before a family secret puts her in danger.

Janie writes historical fiction with a personal connection, drawing from family history and ancestral stories. She is also the author of Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road.

Date and time: Friday, November 20 | 7-8 pm

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Sheena Kamal

Featured work: No Going Back

Description: Author of several books and recipient of many awards, author Sheena Kamal will join us to discuss her latest novel No Going Back, a story about a mother’s vendetta against an enemy who places a target on her daughter’s back. Sheena has also worked as a crime and investigative journalism researcher for the film and television industry. Her debut novel, The Lost Oneswas inspired by her experiences.

Date and time: Friday, November 27 | 7-8 pm

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Amy Stuart

Featured work: Still Here

Description: Join us for a conversation with author Amy Stuart, bestselling author of three novels, including Still Mine, Still Water. Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Amy is also the founder of Writerscape, an online community for hopeful and emerging writers.

Date and time: Friday, December 4 | 7-8 pm

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Genevieve Graham

Featured work: Forgotten Home Child

Description: Join us for a chat with author Genevieve Graham, author of At the Mountain’s Edge, Come from Away, Promises to Keep, and Tides of Honour.

Genevieve will discuss her most recent book The Forgotten Home Child. The Home for Unwanted Girls meets Orphan Train in this story about a young girl caught in a scheme to rid England’s streets of destitute children, and the lengths she will go to find her way home – based on the true story of the British Home Children.

Date and time: Friday, December 11 | 7-8 pm

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For more information on the Author Talk series and all other library events, visit mississaugalibrary.ca and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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