Reading Salons

Readings from Turtle Island (2021)

As part of our research into climate fiction, Literary Lab Member Dr. Sandra Muse Issacs (University of Windsor, Canada) recommended a series of Indigenous texts from Turtle Island for us to read in 2021 . As Sandra explains, all Indigenous writing is about interconnections between people, Land, and the environment.

Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30-5:30pm.

July: Moon of the Crusted Snow (2018) by Waubgeshig Rice

August: People of the Whale (2009) by Linda Hogan

September: As Long as Grass Grows (2019) by Dina Gilio-Whitaker 

October: Wolfsong (1991) by Louis Owens

November: Ceremony (1977) by Leslie Marmon Silko

December: The Back of the Turtle (2014) by Thomas King

Past reading groups

Speculative Fiction Reading Salon (2020)

Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30-5:30pm to discuss speculative fiction text(s) and related socio-cultural concerns.  

Why speculative fiction? Speculative fiction has for decades highlighted, critiqued, and troubled advances in science and technology, recognized and explored gender fluidity, advocated for social justice and heralded the ‘post-human’ in its varied manifestations – cultural, biological, and technological. 

Speculative thought allows readers and thinkers to consider the past, present, and future otherwise. 

Academics, students and staff interested in speculative literature, science fiction, STEM imaginaries, and the ethics and politics of literary ‘worldings’ are welcome to join. 

The texts we will be reading in 2020 salons will prioritize Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, trans & non-binary authors of speculative fiction.

Upcoming texts include:

  • February 6thTerra Nullius (by Claire Coleman)
  • March 5thThe Marrow Thieves (by Cherie Dimaline)
  • April 2ndAn Unkindness of Ghosts (by Rivers Solomon)
  • May 7thBinti (by Nnedi Okorafor)
  • June 4thFrankissstein (by Jenette Winterson)
  • July 2ndFull Metal Indigiqueer (by Joshua Whitehead)
  • August 6th, The Swan Book (by Alexis Wright)
  • September 3rd, Heat & Light (by Ellen van Neerven)
  • October 1st, Brown Girl in the Ring (by Nalo Hopkinison)
  • November 5th, Take Us to Your Chief (by Drew Hayden Taylor)
  • December 1st, The Fifth Season (by N.K. Jemisin)

Please purchase or borrow the book from the library. If they’re not in the library, tell the library to order them!

To sign up please contact Dr. Sarah E. Truman