Novelist Suzette Mayr to present reading and Q&A March 30

Award-winning Canadian novelist Suzette Mayr will give a creative reading at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the IMRC Fernald APPE space, sponsored by the University of Maine Department of English and UMaine Canadian-American Center.

Mayr’s reading will be introduced by Hollie Adams, assistant professor of literature and creative writing at UMaine. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact

Mayr is the author of six novels, including “Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall” (Coach House Books, 2017), “Monoceros” (Coach House Books, 2011) and “Venous Hum” (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011). Her latest, “The Sleeping Car Porter” (Coach House Books, 2022), is the recipient of the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the richest prize in Canadian literature, which is awarded each year to the best English-language novel or short story collection published in Canada. “The Sleeping Car Porter” was also nominated for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the inaugural Carol Shields Prize for Fiction. 

Mayr’s other novels have won the ReLit Award and W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, and been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean Region, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Best First Book and Best Novel Awards and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction. A former President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Mayr teaches Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.