Literature for Our Time Spring 2005

An Hour of Conversation


Fridays, 3-4pm, Bader Theatre, Victoria University, 93 Charles Street West

Hosted by Nick Mount, Department of English, University of Toronto

Mark Kingwell  14 January 2005

Philosopher Mark Kingwell alternates his publications in scholarly journals with award-winning observations on contemporary culture for magazines like Adbusters, Harper’s, Shift, Maclean’s, Toro, and This Magazine. Since the mid-1990s he has published eight books, including Dreams of Millennium: Report from a Culture on the Brink (Viking, 1996), Better Living: In Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Prozac (Viking, 1998), The World We Want: Virtue, Vice, and the Good Citizen (Viking, 2000), and Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life (Viking, 2003). His work has been translated into eight languages.

Mark Kingwell

Lynn Crosbie  25 February 2005

Hailed by Books in Canada as “the strongest new voice in poetry this country has seen in a decade,” Montreal-born Lynn Crosbie is the author of five books of poetry, including Queen Rat (Anansi, 1998), Missing Children (McClelland & Stewart, 2003), and the massive Phoebe 2002 (Turtle Point, 2003), co-written with Jeffery Conway and David Trinidad. She is also the author of two controversial novels, Paul’s Case: The Kingston Letters (Insomniac, 1997), based on the Bernardo-Homolka sex crimes, and Dorothy L’Amour (HarperCollins, 1999), inspired by the murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten. Crosbie is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

motion  1 April 2005

Motion is a Toronto spoken word poet, hip hop artist, and literacy advocate whose recordings have appeared in several hip hop compilations as well as on Much Music and Vibe. A frequent MC and performer on both sides of the border, Motion won the CBC National Poetry Face-Off in 2002 and was recently nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award. She is also the co-founder of The Masterplan Show on CIUT 89.5fm, an award-winning showcase for Canadian hip hop. In 2002 Motion released Motion in Poetry (Women’s Press), the first book of poetry by a Canadian hip hop artist.



Department of English 

 Canada Council for the Arts

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