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Laura Secord Homestead, Queenston

Coast to Coast: Canada’s Tenacious Women Literary Series

This four-part speaker series highlights Canadian female authors, their unique perspectives and published works, inside the home of one of Canada’s best known heroines, Laura Secord. Enjoy wine and cheese as we celebrate these extraordinary Canadian authors.
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Coast to Coast: Canada’s Tenacious Women Literary Series

Queenston Chapel – Laura Secord Homestead

This four-part speaker series highlights Canadian female authors, their unique perspectives and published works, inside the home of one of Canada’s best-known heroines, Laura Secord. Enjoy wine as we celebrate these extraordinary Canadian authors.  All guests of the Coast to Coast Series are welcomed to join us in the Laura Secord Homestead Visitor Centre prior to and following the lectures to enjoy Niagara wines. Wine is available for $5 per glass.

$10 per speaker
$30 all four speakers

September 12, 7PM - 9PM

Kim Fu

Kim Fu

Kim Fu’s most recent novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was called “propulsive” and “skillful” by the New York Times. Her debut For Today I Am a Boy won the Edmund White Award and the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the Lambda Literary Awards. Fu’s poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and her writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, enRoute, and the Times Literary Supplement. Born in Calgary and raised in Vancouver, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

October 10, 7PM – 9PM

Sharon Bala

Sharon Bala

Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018, the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and was on the long-list for the Aspen Words Literary Prize 2019. In 2017, she won the Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story Butter Tea at Starbucks and had a second story on the long-list. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Her short fiction has been published in: The Journey Prize 29, Hazlitt, Grain, PRISM international, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Maisonneuve, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket.

November 14, 7PM – 9PM

Lynne Marie Sherry

Lynne Marie Sherry

Indigenous author, Lynne Marie Sherry is a Band Member of Six Nations of the Grand River, with blood ties to Alderville First Nations, and Mississauga of the New Credit also. Being an explorer, teacher, and helper by nature, she finds expression and the opportunity to offer the healing properties of traditional knowledge, through her work as a writer, poet, and speaker. Whatever form her art takes, it is with a seeking spirit and a deep reverence for nature that are the ever-present entities.

December 12, 7PM – 9PM

Emma Hooper

Emma Hooper

Emma Hooper – The Guardian’s “New Face of Fiction,” Emma Hooper is a Canadian author, musician and academic living in Bath, UK. Her first novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James was published in 18 languages, and her second, Our Homesick Songs was longlisted for the Giller Prize (2018). As a musician, she plays viola, violin, vocals, and a number of other little instruments for clients including The BBC, The Heavy and Peter Gabriel, as well as for her own solo project “Waitress for the Bees.” She holds a PhD in music-literary studies and has published research in the fields of intermediality, gender studies, popular music and retro-futurism. Though she lives in the UK, Emma comes home to Canada to cross-country ski as often as possible.