2019 McGill Conversations Series with Alberto Manguel


Published: 8Aug2019
Alberto Manguel

The McGill Library is pleased to welcome Alberto Manguel, writer, editor, critic and bibliophile for the fall 2019 McGill Conversations Series. Six evenings of conversation will guide attendees through some of the rare treasures of the library’s collection. From Quebec detective fiction to fairy tales, Manguel and his guests will cover a wide range of topics – something to appeal to the curiosity in all of us.



Manguel will share his love of books and libraries in conversation with seven special guests:

  • Andrée A. Michaud – 2 October
  • Anita Rau Badami – 23 October
  • Aritha Van Herk - 13 November
  • Esther Frank and Sebastian Shulman – 20 November
  • Susan Swan – 4 December
  • Jane Urquhart – 11 December

Thanks to the generous support of a Friend of the McGill Library, these events will be free and open to the public. 

To learn more about all events or to RSVP, click here.

All six events will take place in Rare Books and Special Collections on the 4th floor of the McLennan Library building. Alberto Manguel spent the fall 2014 semester as a Scholar in Residence at the McGill library. We are pleased to welcome him back.

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the McGill Library.

Media are invited to contact roaar.library [at] mcgill.ca with requests.

Come and join the conversation!


Alberto Manguel is an Argentinian-Canadian writer, translator, editor and critic, born in Buenos Aires in 1948. He has published several novels, and non-fiction, including Packing My Library, Curiosity, With Borges, A History of Reading, The Library at Night and (together with Gianni Guadalupi) The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. He has received numerous international awards, among others the Commander of the Order of Arts & Letters from France, the Formentor Prize and the Alfonso Reyes Prize in 2017, and the Gutenberg Prize 2018. He is doctor honoris causa of the universities of Ottawa and York in Canada, and Liège in Belgium and Anglo Ruskin in Cambridge, UK. Until August of 2018 he was the director of the National Library of Argentina.

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