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Biweekly, Wednesday, 2 – 4, Week 1   CANCELLED

At our first workshop we will discuss Alberto Manguel’s Packing my Library: an elegy and Ten Digressions (2018). In each subsequent workshop we will investigate the work of one writer who explores what Manguel calls “the art of reading”. When appropriate, presenters may consider the biography of the writer in question and are encouraged to reflect on their own reading history as they analyze the book of their choice. A comprehensive bibliography is provided which will include some relevant novels – in case presenters want to read alternative works. A schedule of presentation topics will be posted in early June.



Carolyn Murray (  was a librarian at the University of Toronto for 30 years. She holds two M.A.’s: History (’62) and Theology (’08). She has facilitated at the Academy since 2008 leading workshops in religion, biography, autobiography, Indian fiction and, most recently, travel writing.

Esme McMonagle ( is a retired social worker having worked many years in the field of children’s mental health.  Following that she spent several years teaching college on a part-time basis.  Reading, photography and dogs are among her passions.  This is Esme’s third year with the Academy.


Workshop Notes:

Books on Books – Writers and Readers – Introduction and Bibliography