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Author Elizabeth Hay visits Laurier March 17-21

Mar 4/14| For Immediate Release


John Fraser, Director
Strategic Academic Initiatives
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Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
Communications & Public Affairs
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WATERLOO – Award-winning Canadian author Elizabeth Hay will be visiting Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses March 17-21 as the university’s Visiting Writer for 2014.

A number of free, public events are taking place throughout her visit:

“Northern Exposure” Panel Discussion
Monday, March 17, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Foyer of the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science (Waterloo campus)

A panel discussion about Canada’s changing north that will touch on literature, science, music and the environment. Panelists include Elizabeth Hay, Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence Colleen Murphy, and Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw; the panel will be moderated by Laurier Vice-President: Academic and Provost Deb MacLatchy. Please contact Sondra Schwartz at or 519-884-0710 ext. 3800 to register for this event.

“Unofficial History” Lecture
Wednesday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Room SCJ127 (Brantford campus)

Lecture, reading and Q&A featuring Hay's latest book, Alone in the Classroom.

“Sounds and Voices” Lecture
Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Maureen Forrester Recital Hall (Waterloo campus)

Lecture, reading and Q&A featuring Hay’s Giller Prize-winning novel, Late Nights on Air.

“The World and the Writer: On Conscious Engagement” Author Conversation
Friday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hawk’s Nest (Waterloo campus).

A dialogue between Hay and Murphy as they discuss the passions and the pitfalls of engaging with history and politics in their writing lives, and how different genres can address a wide variety of subjects. Their works explore issues such as the erosion of the environment, human trafficking, the sex trade and gendered violence.

In addition to her public appearances, Hay will be visiting classes, speaking with the Laurier Reads Elizabeth Hay reading group, and hosting a creative writing workshop for students. For further information about all events, visit

Hay has won multiple awards for her work. Late Nights on Air, her book set in and around a small radio station in Yellowknife in the Canadian north of the 1970s, won the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize, among other awards. Hay also won Laurier’s 1993 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, for The Only Snow in Havana. In 2002 the Writers’ Trust of Canada presented her with the Marian Engel Award for her body of work, which includes novels, short stories and creative non-fiction.

Laurier’s Visiting Writer program is sponsored by Laurier’s Office of the Vice-President: Academic and Provost. Past writers have included Alissa York, Joseph Boyden and Lawrence Hill.


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