The 2018-2019 Munro Beattie Lecture will be delivered by award-winning Canadian novelist (and Carleton alumnus) David Chariandy. Entitled “The First Semester,” the lecture will explore how Chariandy’s experiences at Carleton and in Ottawa shaped his identity and commitment as a writer.
David Chariandy lives in Vancouver and teaches in the department of English at Simon Fraser University. His first novel, entitled Soucouyant, was nominated for eleven literary prizes, including the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, entitled Brother, won the Roger’s Writers’ Trust Award, the City of Toronto Book Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for Canada Reads, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. Brother was also named a ‘Book of the Year’ by a dozen periodicals including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, The Montreal Gazette, Kirkus Reviews, Esquire Magazine, and The Guardian. His latest book is of non-fiction entitled I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter. Chariandy’s books have been published internationally and are being translated into ten languages.
This is a free public lecture with no reserved seating.
The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.
to read a story about David Chariandy and the history of the Munro Beattie lecture.