Author Naomi Beth Wakan reads Sept. 16, 2010 at Robson Square (photo credit: Elias Wakan)

Overwrought ballerinas in Various Positions. Anglo-Saxon poetry forged by Curious Masonry. Something Fierce in the history of Chile. Progress choked in a small working-class town.

All these titles and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction nominee Esi Edugyan are just some of the delights to come as the Robson Reading Series launches its 2011 fall season.

Founded in 2002 as a partnership between UBC Bookstore and UBC Library at Robson Square, the Robson Reading Series is one of the longest-running reading series in Vancouver. The multi-genre series features emerging and established authors from Canada and beyond.

Check out some of the events this fall at UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.


2011 Fall Season Schedule

At the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre:


September 29

2 pm

Timothy Taylor, The Blue Light Project

November 10

3 p.m.

Michael V. Smith, Progress


UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square:

September 22

7 p.m.

Matthew J. Trafford, The Divinity Gene

Linda Besner, The Id Kid

October 13

7 p.m.

Johanna Skibsrud, This Will Be Difficult to Explain & Other Stories

Martha Schabas, Various Positions

October 27

7 p.m.

Susan McCaslin, Demeter Goes Skydiving

Christopher Patton, Curious Masonry

November 17

7 p.m.

Carmen Aguirre, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

Rishma Dunlop, Lover Through Departure

December 1

7 p.m.

Michael Christie, The Beggar’s Garden

Ashley Little, PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist

Kim Clark, Attemptations

December 15

7 p.m.

Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues

Jen Sookfong Lee, The Better Mother

The Robson Reading Series gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Bookstore, UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and UBC Robson Square.

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