White's presentation, "Canlit 101, or 'PSST! Wanna Read a Canadian Book?,'" is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
He will give an overview of Canadian literature from The Jesuit Relations, the writings of the French Jesuit missionaries in the early 1600s, to contemporary fiction such as Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient.
White, who grew up in a small town in Ontario, spent four and a half years as a merchant seaman and anti-submarine detection specialist in the Canadian Navy and 15 years as an employee of the Canadian government.
He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1964. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from San Diego State University and has taught composition, rhetoric, speech, English as a second language and American literature at Grossmont Community College and San Diego State University in California, and on board the USS Texas and the USS Okinawa in the U.S. Navy's college education afloat program.
In 1986, he joined the Department of English at then-Pan American University, where he added a course in Canadian literature to his course offerings. He retired in 1995, and he and his wife, Aline, are now Winter Texans, spending six months a year in McAllen and six months in Gatineau, Quebec.
A reception will follow the program, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 381-2755.