S2 E9: Detective Fiction w/ Simon Stern and Adam Hammond

On this episode, Alex speaks with Professor Daniel Wright of UofT English about

Alex speaks with Professors Simon Stern (UofT Law/English) and Adam Hammond (UofT English) about the detective fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle as it relates to their ongoing project, “The Birth of the Modern Detective Story, 1890–1920.” Key topics of discussion include the rise of the modern “inferential attitude,” the role of probability in detectives’ reasoning about the crowd, and the “magic” of Sherlock Holmes.

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or via our RSS feed on your podcast platform of choice. You can access the book list and transcript here.

S2 E8: Popular Romance w/ Daniel Wright

On this episode, Alex speaks with Professor Daniel Wright of UofT English about two key popular romances, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Anthony Trollope’s Can You Forgive Her?, in the context of his book, Bad Logic: Reasoning About Desire in the Victorian Novel (2018). Key topics of interest include the relationship between the realist and romance modes, the tenuous power of language to articulate desire, and popular romance novels’ myriad articulations of the crowd and the public.

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or via our RSS feed on your podcast platform of choice. You can find the book list and transcript here.

For more on L&L’s Writers’ Co-Op events, visit their page. You can find more on L&L’s upcoming events here. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to Endnote for more literary affairs content from the Hart House Literary and Library Committee!

S2 E7: Next Generation 3 w/ Farah Ghafoor

On this episode, Farah Ghafoor, winner of the Hart House Literary Contest in the poetry category, speaks about her prize-winning poem, “Self Portrait with Polar Bears,” and her poetry on climate action.

For more from Farah, visit her website and Twitter

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or via our RSS feed on your podcast platform of choice. You can find the book list and transcript here.

For more on L&L’s Writers’ Co-Op events, visit their page. You can find more on L&L’s upcoming events here. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to Endnote for more literary affairs content from the Hart House Literary and Library Committee!

“Peace and Conflict”

Social Justice reading List

november 2021

Fiction

What Strange Paradise by Omar al-Akkad 

Song of Batoche by Maia Caron

The Three Pleasures by Terry Watada

Aria by Nazanine Hozar

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

Obasan by Joy Kogawa

The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka

Non-Fiction

Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto (memoir)

Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee (memoir)

The Emperor’s Orphans by Sally Ito

Insurgent Empire by Priyamvada Gopal

The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World by Walter Rodney

Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World by Kumari Jayawarden

Revolution and Counterrevolution in China by Lin Chun

Short Fiction

Dusk in the Frog Pond by Rummana Chowdhury 

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim 

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverley Naidoo

White Carnations by Musa Rahum Abbas

Other Moons Vietnamese Short Stories of the American War and Its Aftermath edited by Quan Manh Ha and Joseph Babcock

Graphic Novels

Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah 

The Scout by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson

If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie with Nahanni Shingoose

Plays and Poetry

Redpatch by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver (Play)

Postscripts from a City Burning by Sam Cheuk (Poetry)

Memory for Forgetfulness by Mahmoud Darwish (Poetry)

Food Narratives

2021 Genre Panel

The House Student Literary and Library Committee invites you to join us for our annual Genre Panel on Food Narratives, where we will be exploring the creative and professional experiences of food writers and the literary character of culinary narratives.

Food is an integral part of life. But it is not only life sustaining. It has the unique capacity for storytelling — bringing people together and evoking memories through generations. This event serves to enrich students and community members by sharing insights into the creative process, industry, and theory of food narratives, and it seeks to foster a deeper understanding of food narratives from the literary perspective.

Date: October 28, 2021

Time & Duration: 5:00 to 7:00 PM (2 hrs)

Location: Video Recording

Cost: Free

Event Contact: Emily Hurmizi and Matthew Lee

Panelists

Suzanne Evans holds a PhD in Religious Studies. After working, studying, and living in China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam, she now lives and writes in Ottawa. Her writing, which has appeared in academic and literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and books, has a strong focus on women and war. Her new book, The Taste of Longing: Ethel Mulvany and her Starving Prisoners of War Cookbook, is the 2021 Forward Indies gold medalist for biography and is short listed for the Ottawa Book Awards (Nonfiction) and Taste Canada Award for Culinary Narrative.  

Ify Ogbue is a food stylist, photographer and recipe developer on a creative mission to capture the beauty of flavour. Her years of experience as a nutritionist lends to her deep understanding of the emotional connection food evokes within each of us. What began as a simple food blog, Yani’s Kitchen, quickly turned into a more meaningful, creative pursuit. 

Her use of natural light and shadows in her images lures viewers; allowing them to feel a sense of awe and comfort. She blends her understanding of visual storytelling, food styling and photography to tell food stories and works, not only to create images that inspire – but visually satiates.  

Ann Hui is the Globe and Mail’s national food reporter. She’s also the award-winning author of the bestselling book Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants.

Trevor Lui has made a life and career surrounded by the sights and sounds of food and drink. He has spent more than 20 years producing thousands of event experiences as an executive for major entertainment venues, top-tier hotels & casinos for the likes of heads of states and Hollywood starlets. A diverse builder of innovative implementation, brand marketing, operations and ground-zero build outs, he likens a good, honest meal on a street corner than being tied down to a corporate boardroom. He’s a lover of ‘the story’ and inspired with each bite and sip around him and believes we are all connected through our dining experiences.

In 2018, Trevor shed his corporate job to fulfil his entrepreneurial dream of creating unique experiences. He has helped co-create and develop some of Toronto’s foremost food brands, Kanpai Snack Bar, Yatai Japanese Street Food, Shook Noodle, La Brea Food, Fat Rabbit and stackt market collaborations, Makan Noodle Bar, Pop Kitchen and the newest creation, Joybird.

His agency Highbell Group curates uniquely immersive culinary events that pushes the boundaries of innovation coupled with a growing list of clients that seek their services for branded video content in the style of his welldocumented Soulful Food Stories series. Trevor is also co-founder of the agency Quell representing food & drink talent with a focus on broadening BIPOC work and leadership.

In addition, Trevor is a frequent consultant, speaker & editorial contributor to industry publications and business forums as well as holding executive posts on boards in the global tourism and academia space. He has also provided promotional ambassadorship to numerous notable consumer brands and is a regular contributor to Cityline. Trevor just released his inaugural cookbook, Double Happiness, now available at all major retailers.

How To Get Published

Date: November 25, 2021

Time & Duration: 5:30 to 7:30 PM EST (2 hrs)

Location: Hart House Debates Room

Cost: Free

Event Contact: Emily Hurmizi and Matthew Lee

Want to know how to get published? Back by popular demand, the HHSL&LC ‘s “How to Get Published” Panel invites publishers and writers to share their experiences with the publishing industry and provide insight to emerging writers seeking to get their creative work (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.) published. This event gets to the heart of the publishing industry and everything that an emerging writer needs to succeed.

The invaluable panel with editors and writers will feature a moderated panel discussion and Q & A session, where the panelists will answer audience questions about writing and publishing. Topics covered will include publishing options, the steps necessary to get published, and industry secret advice.

This panel event is intended for emerging writers and students in all fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc. But we welcome all members of the community to attend.

There will be limited in-person seating avaliable in the Debates Room of Hart House. We will also stream the event via Zoom for online participants.

Event Schedule

5:45 – Moderated Panel Discussion

6:30 – Break

6:40 – Questions and Answer

Accessibility information: Due to the ongoing campus construction, please enter Hart House through the accessible entrance at Tower Road from Hoskin Avenue. This is the only entrance to Hart House. Access to Hart House Circle from Tower Road remains closed. After your visit to Hart House, you can exit through the accessible doors at the Founder’s Prayer. There is also an exit at North Lane, most convenient for the use of visitors to Hart House Fitness Centre or The Hair Place.

Speaker Biographies

Pia Singhal is an acquiring editor with ECW Press, where she’s working on building a full list. So far, she has acquired a novel about the link between colonization and humanitarian work, a memoir by a former CTV reporter about the traumatic effects of crime reporting on victims, a book about the small ways we can redefine masculinity to become healthier for everyone who interacts with it, and a gothic horror about a biracial Vancouverite trapped on a small island with white supremacists. Prior to joining ECW, she worked at Westwood Creative Artists Ltd. with Jackie Kaiser, and at the beloved Type Books where she occasionally still hangs out. She strongly recommends the following reads: The Seas by Samantha Hunt, and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado.

Tali Voron (she/her) is the Founder and Publisher at The Soap Box Press, an independent micro-press based in Toronto, that focuses on providing an accessible platform and community for emerging writers and creatives. Tali is also a freelance editor and the Editorial Assistant at Coach House Books. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto where she majored in English, and completed her Master of Arts in Literatures of Modernity at Ryerson University.

Silmy Abdullah is a Bangladeshi Canadian author and lawyer based in Toronto. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Toronto and completed her law degree at the University of Ottawa. Silmy is the author of Home of the Floating Lily, a collection of eight short stories that highlight the Bengali immigrant experience in Toronto. Set in both Canada and Bangladesh, the stories follow the lives of a few families as they navigate the complexities of migration, displacement, love, friendship, and familial conflict.

S2 E6: Book Club 3 w/ Vikram Nijhawan and Alexander Lynch

On this episode, Vikram Nijhawan, L&L’s writer’s co-op coordinator, discusses metafictionality and the inextricable relation between fact and fantasy in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Dream Country; then, Alexander Lynch, L&L’s podcast coordinator, examines representations of gender and of empire in James Joyce’s “The Dead.”

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or via our RSS feed on your podcast platform of choice. You can find the book list and transcript for this episode here.

If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe to Endnote for more literary affairs content from the Hart House Literary and Library Committee!

The Language of Hip Hop

Artist Talk

DillanPonders and Adrian Hayles

Artist Talk: The Language of Hip Hop

ince its underground inception in the Bronx in the 1970s, Hip Hop has grown to be a global artistic movement, which expresses the imagination, experiences, and unique language of Black and other underprivileged communities through djing, rapping, breaking, graffiti, fashion design, and writing. 

In this first installment of the HHSL&LC Artist Talks, visual artist and illustrator Adrian Hayles and rapper DillanPonders will discuss the power of Hip Hop as a tool for storytelling and creative expression, as well as the creative processes and practices behind their own work. 

This event is intended for emerging artists and students in the Toronto community, who are interested in harnessing their imagination in new and creative ways and in subverting ‘traditional’ approaches to storytelling.

Date: October 8, 2021

Time & Duration: 5:30 to 7:00 PM EST (1.5 hrs)

Cost: Free

Event Contact: Emily Hurmizi and Matthew Lee

2020-2021 Events

Annual Literary Fair

Intentional World-building

Finding Light in the Darkness

Student Journalism 101

Annual Genre Panel: A Deep Dive Into Comedy

Lingua Fantastica

How to Get Published

The WorldBuilding of Wakanda

Arbor Room Magazine

How to Find a Literary Agent

Write Outside Your House

Black Voices in Can Lit

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are