On Wednesday December 2, between 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Queen’s University Library and Kingston WritersFest invite you to a book launch in Speaker’s Corner at Stauffer Library to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of great Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, Robertson Davies.
This special event will include a special theatrical reading by Eric Friesen from A Celtic Temperament: Robertson Davies as Diarist, and an onstage conversation with its two editors, Jennifer Surridge, daughter of Davies, and Ramsay Derry. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.
Between 1932 and 1935, Davies was a student here at Queen’s University, and his renowned Salterton Trilogy is based in a university town inspired by Kingston, and features ”Waverly University,” modelled on Queen’s. While at Queen’s Davies was active in theater, and a contributor to The Journal.
Tickets are $17 in advance (incl. HST and handling) – $19 at the door – and are available online at kingstonwritersfest.ca and at Novel Idea Books on Princess Street. FREE rush seats available to Queen’s, RMC, and SLC students with valid ID.
Before the reading, all are welcome to attend a unique open house and tour of Robertson Davies’ library from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library–located on the 2nd floor of the Douglas Library. Highlights from the collection will be on display in the reading room. Visitors may also view Davies’ library preserved in its original order.