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This Weekend, the celebration of Sheila Watson

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This Weekend, the celebration of Sheila Watson

2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sheila Watson, the Canadian novelist, critic and teacher. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Watson’s modernist novel, The Double Hook; a seminal work in the development of contemporary Canadian literature.

Watson earned her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto while studying under Marshall McLuhan at St. Michael’s College, where her thesis focused on the work of English painter and author Wyndham Lewis. In 2008, her papers were donated to the John M. Kelly Library where they have been arranged and described in preparation for scholars and other researchers.

The College will formally open the Watson Archive in October, 2009 in a two-day celebration this weekend (Friday October 23 and Saturday, October 24) that will honour Watson’s legacy and explore her influence on Canadian literary culture. This two day event includes a reception, the opening of Watson's Archives, a dramatic rendering of her classic The Double Hook, a formal lunch with a toast by George Bowering, as well as three panels, one of which consists of George Bowering, Elizabeth Hay (moderator), Daphne Marlatt, Michael Ondaatje, and Jane Urquhart who will discuss Watson’s influence and legacy. Join us for what promises to be a not-to-be missed event for anyone interested in Canadian literature and the arts.

The cost is $125.00 and space is limited to 160 guests. For more details and to register online, please click here.

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