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S3. Come to Canada this summer with Carol Shields and Annie Proulx

  • 06/13/2023
  • 07/25/2023
  • 5 sessions
  • 06/13/2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 06/20/2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 06/27/2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 07/18/2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 07/25/2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Testa 155, Assumption University campus and on Zoom
  • 56


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We will read two Pulitzer Prize winning novels which both take place in Canada.

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields takes place in Ottawa. What could be better than Diaries written by an invented woman who is the hero of her imagined life? 

Her Collected Stories will keep you company long after our course has ended.

Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News takes us to Newfoundland - a unique bit of Canada - and into the heart of a man we grow to know and love.   

We will also read a short story or two by Alice Munro and/or Margaret Atwood.

Marcia Tannenbaum lived in Canada from January of 1980 through June of 1986. She resided in the Ottawa area, first on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River and then in Ottawa proper, not so very far from the Parliament Buildings. In the summer, I often attended the Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill.

During that time, Marcia read a great deal of Canadian Literature, authored two papers published by the Aboriginal Secretariat of the Northwest Territories, was the Principal of a community Hebrew School, ice skated on the Rideau Canal, had a Canadian baby at the Ottawa General Hospital and learned how to dress for WINTER, although, her favorite time of year in Canada is in the late Spring and Summer.

They are glorious times in Ottawa which is filled with outdoor dining opportunities, lovely parks and a fabulous Agricultural Farm which is part of the land owned by the Government of Canada.

Required Readings

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields, ISBN: 78-014-310-5503

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, ISBN: 978-0-671-51005-3

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