Authors on Art in partnership with the Oakville Public Library
Thursday 6 July 2017, 6:30 pm

Oakville Public Library, Central Branch Auditorium

Join us for our Authors on Art series with acclaimed novelist and poet Jane Urquhart. The author will discuss her novel A Number of Things: Stories About Canada Told Through 50 Objects, while reflecting on our summer exhibition Propped.

This event is free of charge.


Jane Urquhart was born in the far north of Ontario. She is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Whirlpool, which received France's Prix du Meilleur Livre √Čtranger; Away, winner of the Trillium Award, The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General's Award and a finalist for the Orange Prize in the UK and The Stone Carvers, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award and Britain's Booker Prize. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction and four books of poetry. She has written a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery and was editor of the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous foreign languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Urquhart has received ten honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario and the Royal Military College of Canada. She has served on the Board of PEN Canada, on the Advisory Board for the Restoration of the Vimy Memorial and on several international prize juries including that of the International Dublin IMPAC Award, the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the American International Neustadt Award.

Urquhart lives in southeastern Ontario with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart.

Related Exhibitions


Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

To propose, to proposition, to prop up: Propped explores the varied functions and meanings of the prop in contemporary artistic practice, examining how objects help us to make and shape history.

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