Members of the York University community are invited to a special event on Monday, Aug. 10, that features American author Robin Hemley reading from his acclaimed memoir Do-Over! at Toronto’s Type Books. The reading starts at 7pm and continues until 9pm and is free. Hemley is in Toronto until Aug. 12 teaching at York University in the Faculty of Education’s Graduate Program Summer Institute (see YFile, July 16).
Left: Robin Hemley at a kindergarten music class for Do-Over!
Do-Over! is a memoir of a father’s journey back in time to re-experience the milestones of his childhood. It’s poignant, insightful and often laugh-out-loud funny. Hemley was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on the book.
The director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Hemley is the author of nine books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Western Washington University, St. Lawrence University, the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Utah. He has won numerous awards for his work. Hemley’s byline has also appeared in many of the best literary magazines in the United States, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, Boulevard and many others. His fiction has been widely anthologized, translated and broadcast on National Public Radio.
For more information on this event, visit the Faculty of Education Web site.