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Bell City Author Series Launches

Bell City Author Series Launches

The Brantford Public Library is launching a new author series that will feature some of Canada’s most celebrated authors. This series is building on past author events, which have attracted attendees from Brantford, Hamilton and Toronto.

The Bell City Author Series will feature four author events that will also include wine and cheese. “Not only will these events be social and fun, they will give our community an opportunity to hear from authors who are bringing bold new voices into the literary world,” says Brantford Public Library Chief Executive Officer, Kathryn Goodhue. “For anyone who loves reading and being exposed to new ideas, these are must-attend events unlike anything else in Brantford.”

Authors speaking in the series include Jennifer Robson, Gary Barwin, Pasha Malla and Ross Pennie.

Robson, who will speak at a January 25 event, is author of Moonlight Over Paris, Somewhere in France and After the War is Over. These three books all appeared on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian Bestseller List at the same time. 

Barwin, who wrote Yiddish for Pirates, won the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour and was a Giller Prize finalist, will speak on February 21.

Malla, who is a past winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction, will speak March 29. Mall is a frequent contributor to, The Walrus, and CBC Radio. His latest book, Fugue States, was described by the Toronto Star as a “thought-provoking exploration of the first-generation Canadian experience.”

The series will conclude on April 26 with Pennie, whose Dr. Szabo medical mystery series has gained a rabid following. Many local residents will know Pennie from his time working as a doctor at Brantford General Hospital. Few realize, however, that Pennie also spent time working as a surgeon in the jungle. 

Each wine and cheese author event is $25. Tickets can be bought at either library location or through

For more information, please contact James Clark, Brantford Public Library Marketing Manager, at or click here to open the Brantford Public Library website in your browser window.


Brantford Public Library , Author Series , Literacy , Reading , Books , Jennifer Robson , Gary Barwin , Pasha Malla , Ross Pennie


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