Michael OndaatjeThe MacEwan Book of the Year for 2012/13 is The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje. On March 21, Michael Ondaatje will be on the MacEwan University campus reading from his recent novel, The Cat’s Table, taking part in an onstage interview with Michael Hingston, Books Columnist, Edmonton Journal, followed by a Q+A and book signing.  Since its inception in 1997, the MacEwan Book of the Year program has been guided by a committee of faculty, staff and students. Each year, a work of contemporary Canadian fiction is chosen by the committee from nominations by the university community. The committee bases its selection on the book’s appeal and its potential to generate interest and discussion at MacEwan University.

In addition to the Cat’s Table being taught in English classes across the university, an exciting tradition of this program is the on-campus visit of the book’s author to discuss the book with students, staff and faculty. Activities held during the author’s visit include readings, workshops, Wall of Fame reception, and a student contest.

Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table is an account of life on board an ocean liner bound for England – and adulthood – in 1954. The story follows a young boy and his friends who are shunned from the captain’s table to instead take up company, and find adventure, with a cast of eccentric characters relegated to dine at the lowly “cat’s table.”

When: Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: MacEwan University City Centre Campus Gymnasium (located in Building 8), 10700 – 104 Avenue

The event is open to the public, and tickets are on sale now at TIX on the Square.

For more information about the MacEwan University Book of the Year, visit MacEwan.ca/MacEwanBook.