Carrianne Leung to read from second novel for Canadian Writers in Person lecture, Feb. 11


That Time I Loved You coverYork University’s Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series will feature author Carrianne Leung on Feb. 11, reading from her second novel, That Time I Loved You.

The series features 11 authors who will present their work, answer questions and sign books. Canadian Writers in Person is a for-credit course for students. It is also a free-admission event for members of the public. All readings take place at 7 p.m. on select Tuesday evenings in 206 Accolade West Building, Keele Campus.

Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a PhD in sociology and equity studies from the University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo, was shortlisted for a 2014 Toronto Book Award.

In That Time I Loved You, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Leung depicts the fine line where childhood meets the realities of adult life, and examines how difficult it is to be true to ourselves at any age.

The suburbs of the 1970s promised to be heaven on earth – new houses, new status, happiness guaranteed. But in a Scarborough, Ont., subdivision populated by newcomers from all over the world, a series of sudden catastrophic events reveals that not everyone’s dreams come true. Moving from house to house, Leung explores the inner lives behind the tidy front gardens and picture-perfect windows, always returning to June, an irrepressible adolescent Chinese-Canadian coming of age in this shifting world.

Other presentations scheduled in this series are:

March 3: E. Martin Nolan, Still Point, Invisible Publishing

March 17: David Bezmozgis, Immigrant City, HarperCollins

Canadian Writers in Person is a course offered out of the Culture & Expression program in the Department of Humanities in York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. For more information on the series, visit, call 416-736-5158, or email Professor Gail Vanstone at or Professor Leslie Sanders at