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The Reading Series Resumes with Lefebvre, Tacon

The Reading Series Resumes with Lefebvre, Tacon

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

St. Jerome’s University’s Reading Series continues its tradition of bringing cutting-edge Canadian writers to the university’s campus, with upcoming presentations by Benjamin Lefebvre (February 10, 2023) and Claire Tacon (March 3, 2023). The readings offer opportunities to get inside books and hear writers read from their latest works, speak about their writing, and answer questions about their work.


"We are very excited to welcome Benjamin and Claire, both of whom have taught in the Department of English at St. Jerome's University, to the Reading Series this year. It will be lovely to get to honour their accomplishments and learn from their experiences," stated St. Jerome's University's Associate Dean, Veronica Austen, who co-coordinates the series with Department of English colleague Associate Professor, Tristanne Connolly.


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Kitchener resident Benjamin Lefebvre’s first novel, In the Key of Dale (2022), was published by Arsenal Pulp Press. His short stories have appeared in The Antigonish Review and Plenitude Magazine, with a third forthcoming in The New Quarterly. His most recent edited book is Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939, part of The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press). Lefebvre will be presenting on February 10, 2023, at 4:30 p.m., in the
St. Jerome’s University’s SJ2/Academic Centre, Room 1002.





Claire Tacon follows Lefebvre on Friday, March 3rd. Tacon is the author of In Search of the Perfect Singing Famingo (Wolsak & Wynn), which was the Hamilton Public Library's 2019 Hamilton Reads selection. Her first novel In the Field (Biblioasis), was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prize and has appeared in various journals and anthologies. In partnership with The New Quarterly, Tacon is also the host and producer of the Parallel Careers podcast. She has a Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has been a lecturer at St. Jerome's University since 2011. Tacon will be presenting at 4:30 p.m. in the university’s SJ2/Academic Centre, Room 1002.


Everyone is welcome to attend The Reading Series and registration for these complimentary readings is not required. To find out more about the series visit or follow the series blog at

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