Colleen Murphy is currently 2015-2017 the Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta, and is preparing a production of The December Man at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in the runup to the commemoration of the Montreal Massacre on December 6th. The December Man (L’homme de décembre) won her the Governor General’s Award for Drama in English in 2007. Other plays include Armstrong’s War, Pig Girl, and The Piper.
Her visit here is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada.
Pier 21 Reads
author of Half-Blood Blues, speaking on themes of immigration and Canadian identity
Thursday September 24: 10 am and Friday September 25: 7 pm
author of The Book of Negroes, speaking on his new novel The Illegal, inspired by the survival stories of undocumented refugees around the world.
Thursday October 1: 7 pm
The Mount Art Gallery
Choral Reading of Howl
in conjunction with the Art Gallery’s current show “We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)
Saturday, 3 October at 7pm
“I SAW THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION DESTROYED BY MADNESS, STARVING HYSTERICAL NAKED…” volunteers will perform a choral reading of Ginsberg’s poem Howl. Howl and Other Poems was published in San Francisco in 1956 and acquitted of obscenity shortly afterward. The reading will last about 25 minutes; please note adult content and language. Refreshments will be served.
After the reading, at 7:30 pm., John Shoesmith will lead an informal, half-hour tour of the exhibition. A librarian at the Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, Shoesmith co-curated the exhibition with Barbara Fischer.
Keep an eye on bulletin boards and http://www.msvu.ca/English for other events at the Mount and in the community.