Author Ann Walmsley in Brantford

Ann WalmsleyPlease note: this event has been cancelled. We welcome you to join us for the official award ceremonies in Waterloo on Nov. 3 instead.

One of the highlights of my year is hosting an event in Brantford with the winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. This year, I’m pleased to welcome Ann Walmsley, author of The Prison Book Club.

She will visit Laurier Brantford on Friday, Nov. 4 at 11 am in Room 100 of the Carnegie Building. This is a free event that is open to all members of the Brantford community, and everyone is welcome.

I’ll conduct a live interview with Ann starting at around 11 am, during which I’ll ask her about what it was like to help organize book clubs for inmates at two Ontario prisons for men. Then, we’ll take some questions from the audience, and then you will have a chance to meet Ann, have her sign a copy of her book and enjoy a free lunch.

Prison Book ClubIf you haven’t read The Prison Book Club already, you’ll want to after hearing Ann speak.

As the judges for the Edna Staebler Award said, “Walmsley’s book provides a unique glimpse into the lives of incarcerated men and the transformative power of literature and fellowship. [She] immerses readers in the inmates’ thoughtful, far-ranging discussions about the worlds outside the prison gates that are revealed to them through the books they read.”

Hope to see you there!