Welcome to Season 13! See you on November 5th

Join the Rowers team on Tuesday, November 5 as we kick off our 13th season with a spectacular evening of poetry and prose featuring Lauren Carter, Dwayne Morgan and Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall.

Note: Start time 6:45pm, readings begin at 7pm. Glad Day Bookshop’s entrance is wheelchair accessible. The washroom is partially accessible. The nearest TTC subway station is Wellesley and street parking is available. Admission is free. A jar is passed for voluntary donations.


Lauren CarterLauren Carter is the author of four books: most recently the, novel This Has Nothing to Do with You and her debut novel Swarm, which was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads, as well as the poetry collections Following Sea and Lichen Bright. Her work has also appeared in anthologies, including Best Canadian Stories (edited by John Metcalf) and the forthcoming Voicing Suicide (Ekstasis Editions). She lives outside of Winnipeg, MB, and has been longlisted multiple times for the CBC literary awards in both fiction and poetry.



Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan is the author of ten books and is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Spoken Word. In 2016, Morgan was a finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted in to the Scarborough Walk of Fame. In 2008 his contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.


Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Maclean’s, Utne Reader, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail. His first book, Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Toronto Book Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Knowlton Nash Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. His first novel, Ghosted, was shortlisted for the 2011 Amazon First Novel Award. He teaches creative writing the University of Toronto and his most recent book is Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for a Cure (Harper Collins, 2018).






New season starts in November

Hello Rowers fans, happy fall! Just a note to let you know that our series will kick off in November and we will post readers’ details in the coming weeks.

Until then, why not check out some of the other literary events happening across the city and we look forward to seeing you in November. If you’d like a reminder of our dates and you’re not yet on our email list, please send an email with “Subscribe” in the subject line to rowerspubreadingseries@gmail.com