Author Talks

Author Talks

Mississauga Library’s Author Talk series features a wide range of talented writers. Hear authors read from their books, ask questions, learn about the writing process, and find out more about their craft of telling captivating stories. Check out highlights from previous author talks on our YouTube page.

Ages 13+. All Author Talks are free but require registration, a Mississauga Library card is not required. To learn how to register check out this tutorial video.

Event schedule

April 9: Diane Terrana

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Date: April 9 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Author Diane Terrana joins us to discuss The World on Either Side, her compelling novel for young readers about a profoundly depressed girl who meets a damaged young refugee, and together they try to rescue an orphaned elephant in Chiang Mai.

April 16: Nicki Pau Preto

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Date: April 16 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Join us for a chat with YA fantasy author Nicki Pau Preto. Her Crown of Feathers trilogy is listed among Indigo’s Best YA Books of 2020 and nominated for the 2021 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Northern Lights Award.

April 23: Ben Philippe

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Date: April 23 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Join us for a chat with French-Canadian writer Ben Philippe about his latest book, Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend. In it he hilariously chronicles the experience of being on the receiving end of many ‘woke’ fist bumps.

April 30: Tom Ryan

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Date: April 30 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book, author Tom Ryan joins us to discuss his novel, I Hope You’re Listening. This compelling thriller involving a true crime podcast was named a 2021 Young Adult Best Bet by the OLA.

May 7: Tanaz Bhathena

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Date: May 7 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Author of A Girl Like That and The Beauty of the Moment, Tanaz Bhathena joins us to discuss her latest novel, Hunted by the Sky. Named a CBC Best Book of 2020, it is the first of a YA fantasy duology set in a world inspired by medieval India.

May 14: Farzana Doctor

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Date: May 14 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Award-winning author Farzana Doctor joins us to discuss her latest novel, Seven. A courageous exploration of women’s agency in religion and tradition, Seven featured on CBC’s Best Canadian Fiction list and nominated for the 2021 Evergreen Award.

May 21: Sonya Lalli

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Date: May 21 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Join us for a conversation with Sonya Lalli, the acclaimed author of The Matchmaker’s List, Grown-Up Pose, and Serena Singh Flips the Script. Sonya Lalli will share with us some of the joys and challenges of writing romance and women’s fiction.

May 28: Souvankham Thammavongsa

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Date: May 28 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of How to Pronounce Knife, Souvankham Thammavongsa joins us to discuss her collection of powerful short stories. This Canadian poet and short story writer was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand.

June 4: Francesca Ekwuyasi

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Date: June 4 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi was a finalist for Canada Reads 2021 and longlisted for 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Join us for a conversation with the author as she discusses her novel about queer love, friendship, faith and family.

June 11: Waubgeshig Rice

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Date: June 11 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Anishinaabe writer and journalist Waubgeshig Rice joins us to discuss his latest, award-winning work, Moon of the Crusted Snow, a post-apocalyptic story of resilience and rebirth set in a remote northern First Nations community.

June 18: Justin Ling

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Date: June 18 | 7-8 pm | Register here

Join us for a conversation with investigative journalist Justin Ling whose recent book, Missing from the Village tells the tragic story of the disappearance of eight men—the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur–from Toronto’s queer community.