Past News and Events

Pamela reads with Jeff Cottrill, Jasmine D’Costa and Molly Peacock

in the Rowers’ Pub Reading Series

at the Supermarket in Kensington Market (268 Augusta,

on April 4th at 6:30 p.m. with readings beginning at 7 p.m.

Pamela reads with Tasneem Jamal in

The Reading Series at St Jerome’s 

on Friday, 31st March at 4:30 p.m.

All readings are free and open to the public.

St. Jerome’s is located at 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario.

Kitchener Public Library

85 Queen: An Evening with Pamela Mordecai

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the Central Library – Lounge

Registration required.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $155 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Event Type(s): Art & Culture Age Group(s): Adults


Pamela will be one of eleven presenters at the 2017 Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium on Friday, 24 March, 2017:


Session THREE: Africana Studies: Literature and the Arts

Conversation with Pamela Mordecai moderated by Elias Ortega-Aponte
Introductions: Althea Spencer-Miller
Location: Chapel

 7:00 pm – Opening Reception & Dinner Mead
Opening Words by Dean Javier Viera
Poetry Reading by Pamela Mordecai

On Tuesday, 13 March, 2017 Pamela will be an animator in the course

RE 285 Religion and Culture of the African Diaspora

taught by Professor Carol Duncan at Wilfrid Laurier University

The class will consider “Colourism: What is it? Why should we care about it?”

Pamela will read from her most recent collection de book of Mary

Join Madhur Anand, Laurie D. Graham, Aaron Haddad,

Sheryl Loeffler, Tanis Macdonald and Pamela Mordecai

at a Reading/Fundraiser

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at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 December

Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener-Waterloo

Wednesday, November 16th 2016

Pamela reads at 4-5:30 p.m.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver

in the library

Surrey Campus

Thursday, November 17th (11:30 a.m.)
Pamela Mordecai reads at
Capilano University
Fir Building, Room 503

Thursday, November 17th (7:00 p.m.)

Pamela Mordecai & Jonina Kirton

On Edge Reading Series

Emily Carr University Library


Pamela Mordecai and Michael Knox

boneshaker reading series

Tue  8 November 2016 7:00 p.m.

1748 St. Clair Ave. West Toronto Canada

Join Pamela at Wild Writers Festival in Waterloo, Ontario

for a Writer’s Craft Class: The Art of Dialogue

November 5


Pamela reads at

Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival

September 23-Oct 1

For information on all 3 events, please see

On September 25 2016, Pamela reads at 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

with Vivek Shraya and Susan Holbrook at the

Word on the Street Great Books Marquee

Harbourfront Centre, Queen’s Quay, Toronto

On Saturday, August &, Pamela is the featured poet at Vino Rosso with Brian Blain as featured musician

hosted by Lucky Mike and Linda Stitt

995 Bay Street, Toronto

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.


July 15-17 2016, Pamela read at the

Lakefield Literary Festival

 in a line-up including George Elliott Clarke, Alissa York, and fellow Dundurn author, Gregory Klages



On June 11 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

at Sts Peter and Paul Church, Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica

Pamela launched her latest poetry collection

de book of Mary: a performance poem

Part proceeds of book sales in aid of Sts Peter & Paul Church

On June 3-5 2016 Pamela read at

Calabash Literary Festival, Treasure Beach, Jamaica


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On May 29th Pamela read at the

Elora Writers’ Festival

with Dietrich Kalteis, J.M. Frey, Douglas Gibson, Terry Fallis

Aboyne Hall, Wellington CountryMuseum and Archives (lots of parking!)

Come gaze into the gorge and enjoy five friendly authors…

Lynne Kutsukake and Pamela

Lynne Kutsukake and Pamela

On Sunday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. Pamela joined George Elliott Clarke and Lynne Kutsukake for “Where We Belong” at the


Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 0B2


On March 16th Pamela read at



Pamela Mordecai, Lillian Allen, George Elliott Clarke and Djanet Sears were at the Hamilton Art Gallery

Friday 26 February 2016

Pamela read in the Toronto Public Library’s eh List Author Series

Thursday 18 February 2016

Victoria Village Branch at 7:00 pm.
184 Sloane Avenue
Toronto, ON M4A 2C4

Pamela reads at the Toronto Urban Book Expo 2016

Saturday 13 February 2016

North York Central Library – 2.00 – 3:00 p.m.
5120 Young Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5N9

Pamela read from de book of Mary in the Plasticine Poets Reading Series with Rocco de Giacomo and Nikki Saltz

Sunday 17 January 2016 

Victory Café at 6:00 pm.
581 Markham St.
Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
1 minute from Bathurst subway stop on Bloor line (Markham St. exit)

Book Launch for de Book of Mary, a performance poem

Tuesday, November 10th
Beit Zatoun at 6:30 pm.
612 Markham St.
Toronto, ON M6G 2L8
1 minute from Bathurst subway stop on Bloor line (Markham St. exit)

de book of Mary Launch flyer


Praise for de Book of Mary

“de book of Mary is a perfect example of how powerful, striking stories will always, in every place and era, find exactly the right person to re-tell them. The poet Pamela Mordecai has found a new way with the Good News—de book of Mary is a page-turner—pure energy released through pure poetry.”
—JonArno Lawson, author of Sidewalk Flowers

“A rare and dazzling look at her world and ours by one of the most mysterious women of all time.”
-Rachel Manley


Red Jacket has been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize!

For more information click here.

Rogers Writers’ Trust Finalists Read at Harbourfront and in Hamilton

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Rogers Writers’ Trust Finalists Awards Presentation

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9781459729407Recent Events and Book Launches of Red Jacket:

Eden Mills: Pamela read at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on Sunday, September 13th.

Wasaga Beach, ON: Pamela read at the inaugural Palaver International Literary Festival on August 8th and 9th.

Brooklyn, NY: Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn. Pamela read on June 6th as part of Word! A Caribbean Book Fest. To find out more about this event, please visit the Facebook event by clicking here.

Bracebridge, ON: Pamela read at the meeting of the Bracebridge chapter of the Canadian Authors Association on June 18th. A brief discussion about the role of manuscript reviewers in the writing process followed her reading.

Hamilton: Bryan Prince Bookseller, 1060 King St W, Hamilton, on May 27th, 2015. Pam read with authors Gary Barwin ( and Christine Miscione (

Guelph: On May 2nd, 2015, Pam was included in the inaugural Canadian Authors for Indies, a national initiative developed by Ann Marie McDonald. The event was designed to provide a forum for authors to promote books, assisting booksellers as well as their peers. More Information can be found at on the Canadian Authors for Indies website.

Toronto: Ben McNally Books, at 366 Bay St, Toronto, on April 9th, 2015.

Waterloo: Words Worth Books, at 96 King St. S, Waterloo, on April 2nd, 2015.


The March Hare Festival, Newfoundland

Pam read at three events in The March Hare Festival in Newfoundland: as part of a lineup at Norris Point on March 12, with Martin Mordecai and Stan Dragland at Grenfell Campus on March 13, and as part of a lineup at Corner Brook’s large show “Pittman’s Fancy” at the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, March 14. In addition, there was a launch and signing of Red Jacket: a novel at Coles Bookstore in Corner Brook on March 13. For more information visit The March Hare’s website at


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On Wednesday, 25th March, Pamela read from Subversive Sonnets at “Culture, Identity and Representation,” an event to celebrate Black History Month at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto. Spoken word poet, YusraKhogali Ali, drummer, Walter Maclean, dancer-choreographer, Ken A. Ormsby, director and dramaturg, Diane Roberts, poet, playwright and essayist, Charles Smith, and dancer-choreographer, Chris Walker also took part.

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Pamela Mordecai, read from

Subversive Sonnets

Saturday, Nov. 22 at Bookland

(Visit us on Facebook at “Bookland New Kingston”)

53 Knutsford Boulevard New Kingston, Jamaica