We are proud to host the Grimsby Author Series each year in our Grand Ballroom.
The Grimsby Author Series strives to foster literacy in our community while promoting and celebrating Canadian authors and literature. The Series is a special fundraising project of the Grimsby Public Library Board with all proceeds supporting the services, collections, and programs offered by the Library.
How it got started…
The Grimsby Author Series was originally conceived by the Grimsby Public Library Board out of a desire to help fundraise for the new local Library/Art Gallery that was under construction, and to promote reading and literacy in the community. It began in the fall of 2002 under the name of “The Pumphouse Author Series” because for the first two seasons, the readings were held at the old Grimsby Pumphouse on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Ticket demand made a larger venue necessary, so the Series then moved to the 140 – seat theatre/auditorium at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School for the next three seasons. As it became more and more popular, the Series soon outgrew this location as well, and was moved once again to it’s present location at the The Casablanca Hotel in 2007. As of the 2016-17 season there has been more than 20,000 people who have attended our events over the years, with nearly 150 Canadian author appearances.
Through the amazing growth spurt we experienced in the first 15 years, the aim of the Series has naturally grown and transformed from just a Library fundraising effort to a national stage where authors from all over Canada come to gain visibility and promote Canadian literature. We are so proud of the efforts of all the volunteers, sponsors, and organizers that have helped to make the Grimsby Author Series the huge success it has become today.
Want to attend?
The Grimsby Author Series (GAS) is a biannual event series featuring talks by the very best in Canadian literary talent. It takes place throughout the year, with a spring season, fall season and extra At the Library events. Each event features one or two authors and takes place at the The Casablanca Hotel or the Grimsby Public Library.
At each GAS event, the featured authors give readings and talk about their latest books. This is followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. Local wines and light refreshments are served before the talks begin. The evenings conclude with door prize draws, a chance to purchase a copy of the featured titles, and a book signing by the authors.