Talk: Food in Literature

Thursday, May 2, 2024 12:30to13:30
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave, Westmount, QC, H3Z 1X4, CA

IN PERSON AND BY ZOOM: FOOD in LITERATURE – Nathalie Cooke gives an illustrated presentation on Canadian Literary Fare, the delicious 2023 book she co-wrote exploring “food voices in a wide range of Canadian fiction, drama, and poetry.”

When writers place food in front of their characters - who after all do not need sustenance - they are asking readers to be alert to the meaning and implication of food choices. As readers begin to listen closely to these cues, they become attuned to increasingly layered stories about why it matters what foods are selected, prepared, served, or shared, and with whom, where, and when. Canadian Literary Fare pays heed to food voices in the works of Tomson Highway, Rabindranath Maharaj, Alice Munro, M. NourbeSe Philip, Eden Robinson, Fred Wah, and more, inviting readers to listen for stories of foodways in the literatures of Canada and beyond.

“A charming collection about Canadian foodstuffs. The authors invite the reader in with entertaining information and stories, while presenting research that is riveting in detail.” Lynette Hunter, University of California, Davis

To REGISTER and get the Zoom link, click here.


The Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features once-a-week presentations by leading writers, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and many more people sharing their knowledge and experience with the Atwater Library community. Lunchtime Series events usually take place on Thursdays (but sometimes are on other days), from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Admission is free though we do appreciate donations! Everyone is welcome and we serve coffee and biscuits.

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