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André Alexis, 2015 Giller Prize Award-Winner for Fifteen Dogs

Carleton University

January 26, 2017

7:00-9:00 p.m.

What is the Munro Beattie Lecture?

This annual distinguished lecture was launched in 1985 to honour the department’s founding chair and his contributions to literary studies in Canada.

An important principle of the lecture series has been to invite writers and critics who can speak on issues of importance to the general public, as well as the academic world. The first lecture was given by Munro’s friend and colleague, Eli Mandel, and the second by Northrop Frye. Since then the series has been an important annual event at Carleton, sponsoring a challenging group of literary critics and creative writers, including Linda Hutcheon, Robert Kroetsch, Jeanette Armstrong, Roy Miki, Carol Sheilds, George Elliott Clarke, Mark Kingwell, Eleanor Wachtel and Alistair MacLoed.

Who is Munro Beattie?

A classmate and friend of Northrop Frye at Victoria College, University of Toronto, Munro Beattie was a founding member of Carleton’s English Department and its chair for over twenty years (1953-1969). He built a department known for its collegiality, commitment to teaching and public service. A Henry James scholar and admired teacher, Professor Beattie was known in the University for his wit, civility, and humanity, and as an engaging conversationalist. His broad understanding of all the arts, including theatre, music, and the cinema, animated his teaching, his scholarship, and his many friendships.

Previous Munro Beattie Lectures:

Joseph Boyden

Munro Beattie Lecture 2015-2016

October 21, 2015

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After shooting to literary fame with his first novel, Three Day Road, Boyden won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his second, Through Black Spruce. His most recent novel, The Orenda, was nominated for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, and was the winning title on CBC Radio’s Canada Reads competition in 2014.
Lynn Coady

Munro Beattie Lecture 2014-2015

October 23, 2014

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Carleton alumna and winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection Hellgoing. Drawing upon examples from her work and experiences with readers, Coady’s talk, entitled “On Storytelling and Discomfort,” addressed the question of how the best, or at least the most honest, storytelling is that which makes the teller and the listener uncomfortable to varying degrees.
Eden Robinson

Munro Beattie Lecture 2013-2014

March 3, 2014

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Eden Robinson’s first book, Traplines, a collection of short stories, won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. Monkey Beach, her first novel, was shortlisted for both The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction in 2000 and won the BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.  Her most recent novel is Blood Sports.
Paul Muldoon

Munro Beattie Lecture 2012-2013

November 15, 2012

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Poetry Prize, Paul Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”
Adam Gopnik

Munro Beattie Lecture 2011-2012

March 12, 2012

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Adam Gopnik, a writer for The New Yorker magazine, is one of the most prominent writer-commentators in North America, and one of the most gifted essayists writing in English. He has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.
Don McKay

Munro Beattie Lecture 2010-2011

October 13, 2010

Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000). McKay was also the Canadian winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip (2006).
Christian Bök

Munro Beattie Lecture 2009-2010

March 4, 2010

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Prominent Canadian figure in the international scene of avant-garde writing, Christian Bök, presented his lecture, “Be Okay with an Umlaut (A Grand Tour through the work of Christian Bök)” on March 4, 2010.
Elizabeth Hay

Munro Beattie Lecture 2008-2009

March 11, 2009

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Ottawa novelist Elizabeth Hay presented her lecture, entitled “The Writer as Returned Traveler” on March 11, 2009.