Imagining Now: English Canadian Fiction in the 21st Century

In the last third of the 20th century, Canadian writing burst into full flower: Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje and so many more.  This course will look at Canadian fiction since 2000.  What’s old? What’s new? Who’s writing now?

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Thursday, March 29, 2018
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45.00 CAD
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
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10:00 AM
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Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

Some of the best Canadian fiction of the twenty-first century has been produced by writers who made their names in the twentieth.  We’ll look, among others, at one of the five collections Alice Munro has published since 2000.

About the lecturer 

Gary Draper

Gary Draper has been a book editor and reviewer, a librarian, and a university professor of English (University of Waterloo). Now retired, Gary continues to read, research and write. He has taught a number of third age learning courses

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Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

Historical fiction offers many pleasures, from telling new things about past times to applying old templates to current issues.  Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Last Crossing, a riveting quest across the North American Plains, is one of the books we’ll consider.

About the lecturer 

Gary Draper

Gary Draper has been a book editor and reviewer, a librarian, and a university professor of English (University of Waterloo). Now retired, Gary continues to read, research and write. He has taught a number of third age learning courses

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Thursday, March 8, 2018
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10:00 AM
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Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

Unsurprisingly, in this nation of immigrants, much of the best writing in Canada is set far from our native shores.  Madeleine Thien’s brilliant new novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing transports readers into the heart of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

About the lecturer 

Gary Draper

Gary Draper has been a book editor and reviewer, a librarian, and a university professor of English (University of Waterloo). Now retired, Gary continues to read, research and write. He has taught a number of third age learning courses

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
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10:00 AM
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Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

Ours is a land—and a culture—of great diversity; much of our best writing has a strongly regional flavour.  We’ll look at three books from Newfoundland, including Michael Crummey’s intense, mythic masterpiece, Galore.

About the lecturer 

Gary Draper

Gary Draper has been a book editor and reviewer, a librarian, and a university professor of English (University of Waterloo). Now retired, Gary continues to read, research and write. He has taught a number of third age learning courses

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Voice
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Date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018
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10:00 AM
12:00 PM
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Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

One of fiction’s pleasures is the opportunity to hear a variety of voices, and hear voice put to a variety of uses.  In Girl Runner, Carrie Snyder demonstrates a pitch-perfect ear for the voices of her characters, young and old.

About the lecturer 

Gary Draper

Gary Draper has been a book editor and reviewer, a librarian, and a university professor of English (University of Waterloo). Now retired, Gary continues to read, research and write. He has taught a number of third age learning courses

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
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10:00 AM
12:00 PM
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Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

When we say the word “fiction,” we often mean “novel,” but the short story form has its own special pleasures.  Among the works we’ll consider is John Gould’s Kilter, with its 55 very short, often funny, always insightful little fictions.

About the lecturer 

Gary Draper

Gary Draper has been a book editor and reviewer, a librarian, and a university professor of English (University of Waterloo). Now retired, Gary continues to read, research and write. He has taught a number of third age learning courses