The Reading Series: Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Doors at 7:30pm; By donation

Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky are prominent scholars and two of Canada’s most celebrated authors. They live on Quadra Island.

Robert Bringhurst is a typographer, poet and author of major works on Haida myth. His book The Elements of Typographic Style was praised as “the finest book ever written about typography”. A collection of his poetry, The Beauty of the Weapons, was short-listed for a Governor General’s Award in 1982, and A Story as Sharp as a Knife, his ground-breaking study on Haida myths, was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2000.


Jan ZwickyJan Zwicky, is both poet and philosopher. Her Songs for Relinquishing the Earth won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1999 and Robinson’s Crossing won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2004. Her 2011 book Forge, was shortlisted for the 2012 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize.

In 2018 they wrote together Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis which passionately pleads the cause of “the wild” threatened with destruction as a result of human depredation and arrogance, and proposes that we learn to live more frugally and with greater humility.