Two celebrated authors, Maureen Jennings and Helena Janeczek, each offer a reading from their respective novels, Heat Wave and The Girl with the Leica. To follow, there will be an intimate discussion about the subjects of their historically-based works – women in traditionally male-dominated fields – with Canadian poet and film director Daniel Scott Tysdal. Both books will be available for purchase.
Presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Department of English and supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Born in Munich in a Polish Jewish family, Helena Janeczek has been living in Italy for over thirty years. With The Girl with the Leica she won the Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, and was a finalist for the Campiello Prize. She lives in Milan, Italy. Her appearance is supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
Maureen Jennings immigrated to Canada from the UK as a teenager. She is the author of the Murdoch Mysteries series which has been adapted into a TV series. The series is going into its thirteenth season. Before becoming a full-time writer, Maureen was a psychotherapist. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband Iden Ford and their dog, Murdoch.
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry and the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press). Tysdal’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and has earned him a number of honours, including the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award and honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough.