EMWF In Your Own Backyard
Online Series

Please register for events by clicking on the black buttons below. After registering, you will receive instructions by email regarding how to access the event. 

All featured books are available for sale at The Bookshelf in Guelph, our bookselling partner. Orders can be made online at bookshelf.ca or by phone 519-821-3311 x1. Free shipping or curbside delivery in Guelph. $10.00 shipping cost outside of Guelph.


Thursday June 11, 8:00 p.m. EST
EMWF Panel: Great Expectations

Presenters: Rachel Matlow, Dead Mom Walking, Michelle Parise, Alone: A Love Story, and Alison Wearing, Moments of Glad Grace

Host: Karma Brown, journalist and bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

How do we recalibrate when life goes off script? Sometimes our reactions to life's messy twists and turns can take us by surprise. The authors of these three entertaining new memoirs each tackle their unique situations with honesty, courage, and heartfelt humour. Join them as they discuss the great expectations placed on people, relationships, and the moments in our lives when our road and roles are altered by time and circumstance.  

This event will include closed captioning.


Thursday June 25, 8:00 p.m. EST
EMWF Book Club: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Presenter: Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel

Host: Judith Pereira, The Globe and Mail’s Books Editor

Sign up for the EMWF Book Club and enjoy conversation with fellow readers in the lead up to our main event: a live discussion between bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel, and The Globe and Mail’s Judith Pereira. Registered book club members can submit their questions for Emily ahead of time for a chance to ask them during the event!

Presented in partnership with the Guelph Public Library

This event will include closed captioning.


Thursday July 9, 8:00 p.m. EST
EMWF Panel: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Presenters: Shani Mootoo, Polar Vortex, John Elizabeth Stintzi, Vanishing Monuments, and Souvankham Thammavongsa, How to Pronounce Knife

Host: Farzana Doctor, author of the upcoming novel, Seven

Navigating the present with one foot in the past, these three new works of fiction explore the dizzying and transformative effect of memory, time, and past experiences on identity and relationships. Join Shani Mootoo, John Elizabeth Stintzi, and Souvankham Thammavongsa as they explore the ways in which their characters build their lives anew, yet are unable to outrun their histories.

This event will include closed captioning.


More events to come! We'll update this page as details are confirmed for our full series of events running May - October 2020.

Thank you to our supporters:
The Angel Gabriel Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, The Ontario Arts Council, The Pollock Family Fund and Wellington County.