Department of English

University of Toronto

Memory in Rosemary Sullivan's The Guthrie Road: A Canadian Biographer’s Recollections of the Immigrant Story

Event date: Thursday, December 06, 2018, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Carr Hall, room 404 University of Toronto

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri

Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
University of Toronto

cordially invites you to a public lecture by

Laura Ferri & Rosemary Sullivan
With remarks by Francesca Valenta
“Memory in Rosemary Sullivan's The Guthrie Road:
A Canadian Biographer’s Recollections
of the Immigrant Story ”

A reception to follow. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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Abstract: Rosemary Sullivan and Laura Ferri will begin with a brief conversation in which they discuss howRosemary Sullivan came to write The Guthrie Road, how Laura Ferri came to translate the book, and what attracted DaciaMaraini, an author so transfixed by memory, to write the Preface to the Italian translation entitled Una storia irlandese.Excerpts will be read both from The Guthrie Road and Una storia irlandese to throw light on the importance offamily memories as well as into the immigrant experience, and to show how a story of Rosemary Sullivan's Irish familyhas travelled to Italy.

Rosemary Sullivan is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.She is the author of fourteen books in multiple genres: biography, memoir, poetry, travelogue, essays and short fiction.Her books include Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen, which won the Governor Generalâ’sAward; Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out; Labyrinth of Desire: Women Passion and Romantic Obsession; andVilla Air-Bel: World War II, Escape and a House in Marseille. Her latest book, Stalinâ’s Daughter won the Americanbased International Biographersâ’ Association award, three Canadian Non-Fiction prizes, and was the London DailyMailâ’s Best Book of the Year. She has been awarded Trudeau, Camargo, and Guggenheim Fellowships. In 2012 shebecame an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Laura Ferri has promoted Canadian literature in Italy as translator and editor, as well as through initiatives onceundertaken through the Siena-Toronto Centre and currently carried out as director of the cultural association CanaDiana.Her translations of Canadian and North American literature include those of works by Jane Urquhart, Al Purdy,Mary Melfi, Stephen Crane, Carl Sandburg, Rosemary Sullivan. She also did the first Italian translation of Jessie Weston's FromRitual to Romance, has edited several volumes and published essays in Canadian and European literary journals. Many of her arti-cles and presentations have been on Alice Munro.

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