Kailish Mital Theatre (Southam Hall)Carleton University

The Munro Beattie Lecture:
Lynn Coady,
"On Storytelling
and Discomfort"

Presented by Carleton University
"The eight stories in Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing offer a stupendous range of attitudes, narrative strategies, and human situations, each complete and intricate, creating a world the reader enters as totally as that of a novel, or a dream.
— 2013 Giller Prize Jury
Lynn Coady - Photo courtesy of Rob Appleford

Acclaimed novelist and short story writer Lynn Coady will deliver the 2014-15  Munro Beattie Lecture   Entitled “On Storytelling and Discomfort,” Coady’s talk will explore 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. 

Raised in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Coady is the author two short story collections, Hellgoing, winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Play the Monster Blind, shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in 2000. She is also the author of four novels: Strange Heaven, shortlisted for the Governor General’s award in 1998, Saints of Big Harbour (2002), Mean Boy (2006), and The Antagonist, nominated for the Giller prize in 2011. Lynn Coady lives in Edmonton. 

Please visit http://carleton.ca/english/annual-events/munro-beattie-lecture/ for more information.


The Munro Beattie Lecture

Sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Department of English, the Munro Beattie 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 George Elliott Clarke, Mark Kingwell, Eleanor Wachtel, Alistair MacLeod, Adam Gopnik, Paul Muldoon, and Eden Robinson.


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