EAWLC Book Talks with George Elliott Clarke: Where Beauty Survived

Our Book Talks program brings to our audience an author, a translator, or sometimes an avid reader to share a book of their choice and facilitate discussions.

A Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17),  Professor George Elliott Clarke is also a prize-winning novelist and screenwriter, a celebrated lyricist and librettist, an internationally recognized essayist and scholar, and a revered poetry recitalist and memoirist.

The “Africadian” (African-Nova Scotian) “Afro-Metis” (due to Black and Indigenous heritage) joins the East And West Learning Connections for a memorable encounter as we discuss his very moving memoir, Where Beauty Survived (Knopf Canada 2021), and also hear Clarke recite poetry from his latest volume, Canticles III (MMXXIII) (Guernica Editions, 2023). The evening is co-sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets. 

Time: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 7:30 – 9 P.M. (Eastern Time)


Free Hybrid event, transcript of translations of other languages available on Zoom.

  • Participants on the spot  will have an opportunity  to win a signed copy of Where Beauty Survived!


Please RSVP to info@eawlc.org if you wish to participate in person.



1585 Yonge Street, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

(use the Toronto School for Strings and Piano entrance)

Free parkingclose to St. Clair Subway Station.


Door opens at 7 p.m.

Light snacks will be provided. You are encouraged to bring your own water bottle to help reduce disposable waste.

Online Zoom meeting registration link: 


More Information on the Author and His Books


George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist- and Black Refugee-settled community of Three Mile Plains.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo (B.A.), Dalhousie University (M.A.), and Queen’s University (Ph.D.),Clarke is now the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.


His honours include Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), establishment of the George Elliott Clarke International Scholarship at Duke University (2018), among many others.

The books you will have a chance to get a copy and have it signed by Clarke:

Where Beauty Survived

Clarke’s memoir

Canticles III (MMXXIII), $25

The concluding volume of Clarke’s epic poem dealing with the creation of the African Baptist Church of Nova Scotia out of the chaos of history.


Visit https://www.georgeelliottclarke.net for more information about our esteemed author.


Everyone is welcome!  For RSVP for in-person event or inquiries, please send email to info@eawlc.org.  Thanks, and looking forward to meeting you in person or online!

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