Series of inspirations

Three published authors come to Dawson to share their work and answer student questions

By: Bianca Brais

Dawson College welcomes authors Eric Siblin, Lisa Moore and Jen Soofkong Lee to read from their work and discuss their careers with students at the reading series which will begin on Oct. 5.

“Attending the readings is a good opportunity for students to meet successful published authors and find out about how they have made their careers,” Miranda Campbell, a Dawson English teacher said.

The reading series is an event that was established long ago at the College. “I don’t know exactly when it started, but there has never been a theme [to the readings],” Campbell explained. The event is basically held to inform students, it’s a way to have successful authors come and answer any kinds of questions they may have.

“Someday I would really love to be a journalist. It’s very fascinating to hear how these published authors got to where they are,” Melany Gagne, a fourth semester Languages student said.

Contrarily to what several Dawson students thought, the reading series do not consist of speeches. The authors come and read from their own work. “I think it’s really cool to have authors come and share what they’ve written. It’s different from what we are used to, lectures and speeches,” Rebecca Gelineau, a third semester Psychology student said.
“This year, there is one event in the fall and two in the winter,” Campbell explained. The first author scheduled on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. is Eric Siblin who will be reading in 5B16.

Siblin is an award-winning author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker based in Montreal. Several of his books have won the Quebec Writers Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. His first book, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece was published by House of Anansi Press in 2009 and several other countries in 2010.

The two authors who will be reading from their work in the winter are Lisa Moore who will be presenting on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in room 5B16 and Jen Soofkon Lee who is scheduled on March 22 at 4 p.m. in room 5B16.

Lisa Moore is the author of novels Alligator and February. She also has a collection of short stories such as “Degrees of Nakedness” and “Open.”

The first novel written by Jen Sookfong Lee is The End of East (Vintage Canada) which was chosen as part of Knopf Canada’s prestigious new Face of Fiction program. Her book had great critics and was singled out as impressive and emotional.

“I’m excited for the readings, maybe they’ll inspire me,” Gagne said.

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