Sunday October 30: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Literary Brunch

with Harley Rustad, Helen Humphreys, Emily Urquhart, and Alysia Kolentsis.

The Delta Hotel


Join us for a refreshing Sunday morning with award-winning authors Helen Humphreys, Emily Urquhart, and Harley Rustad who will discuss their latest work, writing process, and lives as writers. Intimate, casual, and engaging – an ideal way to spend a Sunday morning. Moderated by Alysia Kolentsis.

Hosted at the Delta Hotel on Erb Street. Doors open and coffee is served at 9:30am. Brunch will be served piping hot at 10:15.

Brunch Options:

Eggs Natural: Skillet Style 3 egg omelet, breakfast sausage, hashbrown potatoes, buttermilk tea biscuit, sliced fruit

Eggs Forrestier: Skillet style 3 egg omelet, wild mushroom and roasted red pepper ragout, hashbrown potatoes, buttermilk tea biscuit, sliced fruit

Morning Power Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, chia seed pudding, grapefruit, guernsey cheddar cheese, whole grain muffin

  • EMILY URQUHART is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her award-winning longform nonfiction has appeared in Guernica, Longreads and The Walrus among other publications. She is the author of Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes, a Kobo First Book Prize nominee, as well as the memoir The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, My Father and Me, which was listed as a top book of 2020 by CBC, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. She is a nonfiction editor for The New Quarterly and lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Her essay collection, Ordinary Wonder Tales, will be published in fall 2022.

  • ALYSIA KOLENTSIS is an Associate Professor of English at St. Jerome’s University / University of Waterloo. She is the author of Shakespeare’s Common Language (Bloomsbury).

  • HARLEY RUSTAD is the author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Outside, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. He is a features editor and writer at The Walrus, a faculty editor at the Banff Centre’s Mountain and Wilderness Writing residency, and the founder of the Port Renfrew Writers’ Retreat. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Rustad is originally from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

  • HELEN HUMPHREYS is an acclaimed and award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, a Lambda Literary Award for Fiction and the Toronto Book Award. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Trillium Book Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. Her most recent novel is Rabbit Foot Bill. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Helen Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.

    Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari