Ryerson Library holds titles by many Aboriginal authors in our collection, such as works by award-winning novelists Thomas King, Joseph Boyden, and Eden Robinson. Check out some of their titles at the library today, and join this event hosted by the Cultural Awareness Committee from 11am-3pm on Tuesday February 25th!
Toronto Metropolitan University is pleased to invite you to the inaugural Jack Layton Lecture, with noted philosopher Charles Taylor speaking on ‘Reimagining, Restoring and Reclaiming Democracy’. The lecture will take place on Thursday, September 20th at at 6:30 p.m. in the Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard Street East. This lecture will be an annual event organized by the Jack Layton Chair, which will advance Jack’s legacy of political and humanitarian leadership at the university.
This special evening also features the opening of a display in the Ryerson Archives (350 Victoria Street, Library 3rd floor) that includes some of Jack’s books, personal artefacts and other memorabilia that have been donated to the Ryerson Library. All of these materials will be supported by a dedicated website to be unveiled on the same day. The display opens at 5 p.m. on September 20th and will remain open until 9 p.m.
In celebration of the Keep Toronto Reading Festival, the library is pleased to host Susan Siddeley for a reading from her memoir, Home First: A Memoir in Voices.
From the Introductory and Cover Sheet:
“In Home First: A Memoir in Voices, Susan Siddeley traces her life; growing up in Yorkshire, falling in love with Foreign, emigrating to Canada and travelling to further-flung postings to which her husband’s job takes her and their family. In all these places, unexpected connecters crop up: lakes in Ontario, violins in Jamaica, boats in Bolivia and cowboys in Chile. With pinafores, picnics, blackberries, tea, sea, books and babies everywhere. She wonders then, if these are just co-incidences or because everyone’s existence is an amalgam of their ancestral landscapes and life experiences.
During a trip home to see her aging mother and tickled by a chance remark of her aunt, Susan seeks out the burial plot of her older sister, Pauline, unmentioned until then, who died the night she was born. After her mother’s death, remembering the revelation, Susan ventures into the local Registry Office and discovers a second shocking death, one which helps explain aspects of her early life.
Sitting under an ancient chestnut tree in a lovely old cemetery, talking and telling tales to a person she never knew with tongue-in-cheek humour, and a crossword craving to solve and explain things, Susan pieces together the forces at work beneath the lives of a family of women, spanning four generations and three continents.”
The reading will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in LIB489B, with refreshments being served at 5:15 p.m. All are welcome!
In collaboration with Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, the library is pleased to host the 3rd Annual Aboriginal Graduate Students Showcase! This will be a wonderful opportunity to see a selection of graduate and senior student projects and to talk with the students about their creative works. The Showcase will take place on Friday, March 30 from 10 a.m. until noon in LIB489B. Refreshments will be available.
Canadian Aboriginal Writers: a Conversation with Drew Hayden Taylor, Lee Maracle and Melissa Compton
Description: Canadian Aboriginal authors, Drew Hayden Taylor (CBC Bookie award winner) , Lee Maracle, and Melissa Compton will be in conversation with Ryerson English professor, and White Wall Review editor, Anne-Marie Lee-Loy.This is a collaborative event with RASS, Department Of English and The Library. Refreshments will be available. Reading and booking signing.
Thursday, April 28 2011 @ 5:30PM
Location: Toronto Metropolitan University Library, 4th Floor North side
350 Victoria St. Toronto