EVENT: Ideas of North: Variations on a Theme of Glenn Gould
SPEAKER: Tom Henighan
DATE: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch 120 Metcalfe (at Laurier)
Tom Henighan has published some 20 books, including six YA novels and three important studies of Canadian culture. His books have been reviewed across the country and have been nominated for various prizes, including the Seal Books First Novel Award, the Red Maple Award for YA fiction, the Ottawa Fiction Prize and the Shamus Award for crime fiction. He is Professor Emeritus of Carleton University, where he taught English/Film Studies for 35 years and ran the fiction writing workshop. He has appeared at literary festivals across the country, including Harbour Front in Toronto and Eden Mills, and in 2001 was invited to open the Canadian Studies division at the University of Athens. He has also lectured in Italy and presided over Canadian culture week in Mexico in 2003. Tom has been a consultant to the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Arts Centre, and many other leading Canadian arts institutions, and was an editor of Ottawa Revue and a founding editor of ARC Poetry Magazine. In 2008, he received the Victor Tolgesy Prize for “outstanding contributions” to the arts in Ottawa.