This Week in Book Events

October 6, 2014

We know, we know — you love indie Canadian books, and would love to attend readings and launch parties for new fall books and local authors — but it can be overwhelming, what with the hundreds of events happening all of the time, all over the country.

Well, budding members of the Can-lit-indie-literati, you're in luck! For the next few weeks, we'll be sorting through event listings and bringing you a weekly guide to the best in indie Can-lit events  all over the country. Whether you're in Toronto, or Regina, or Victoria, there are plenty of chances for you to don your best tweed blazer and hobnob with authors, publishers, book-sellers and fellow book lovers.

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We know, we know — you love indie Canadian books, and would love to attend readings and launch parties for new fall books and local authors — but it can be overwhelming, what with the hundreds of events happening all of the time, all over the country.

Well, budding members of the Can-lit-indie-literati, you're in luck! For the next few weeks, we'll be sorting through event listings and bringing you a weekly guide to the best in indie Can-lit events  all over the country. Whether you're in Toronto, or Regina, or Victoria, there are plenty of chances for you to don your best tweed blazer and hobnob with authors, publishers, book-sellers and fellow book lovers.

Monday, October 6

Toronto

John Barton, author of Polari, and Margaret Sweatman, author of Mr. Jones, at Rowers Pub Reading Series

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When: 6:15pm

Where: The Central, 603 Markham St., Toronto

More Information: Margaret Sweatman and John Barton read from their latest works along with Binnie Brennan and Mark Sampson at the Rowers Pub Reading Series. Doors open at 6:15 pm. 

 

 

 

 

Montreal

Some Extremely Boring Drives by Marguerite Pigeon — Montreal Launch

When: 7pm

Where: Argo Bookshop, 1915 Ste-Catherine West, Montreal

More Information: Marguerite Pigeon will be co-reading with Laurence Miall, author of Blind Spot, at the famed Argo Bookshop.

Tuesday, October 7

Toronto

Reading with Jim and Sue Waddington, authors of In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven

When: 1:30pm

Where: North York Central Library, Room 1 (Mel Lastman Square, Yonge St., North of Sheppard Ave & Hwy 401), Toronto

More Information: Speaking to the Queen's Alumni Association Toronto Branch, Jim and Sue Waddington, will present a fascinating account of their journey to document the locales of various portraits by this famous Canadian artists group. The Waddingtons are the first in a series of four guest presentations at $15 each or $40 to attend all. For more information contact Lynn Clark at lynnclark@sympatico.ca on the QAATB Events Committee. This event is sponsored by the Queen's Alumni Association Toronto Branch.

Ottawa

Some Extremely Boring Drives by Marguerite Pigeon — Ottawa Launch

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When: 7:30pm

Where: Pressed Urban Bar, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa

More Information: Marguerite Pigeon will be co-reading with Christian McPherson (Cube Squared) and rob mclennan (The Uncertainty Principle), at Pressed Urban Bar

 

 

 

 

Kingston

Diane Schoemperlen, author of By the Book, reading at Queen's University

When: 1-2:30pm

Where: Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Queen's University, 36 University Ave, Kingston, ON

More Information: Queen’s University will be playing host to Diane Schoemperlen on October 7th. Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels, In the Language of Love (1994), Our Lady of the Lost and Found (2001), and At A Loss For Words (2008). Her 1990 collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Her collection, Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. In 2008, she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. In 2012, she was Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University.

Montreal

The Wrecking Ball by Terry Mosher — Launch

When: 5-7pm

Where: Paragraphe Books, 2220 Avenue McGill College, Montréal

More Information: The launch of The Wrecking Ball, the latest compilation from legendary Montreal cartoonist Aislin. Refreshments will be served.

Victoria

Arleen Paré reads from Lake of Two Mountains at Russell Books in Victoria

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When: 7:30-9:30pm

Where: Russell Books, 734 Fort Street, Victoria

More Information: Celebrate a double book launch with Ariel Gordon and her newest collection of poetry Stowaways & Jane Eaton Hamilton's collection hot off the press Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes. Plus readings from local authors: Julie Paul who will read from her new collection of short stories The Pull of the Moon & Arleen Paré will read from her newest collection: Lake of Two Mountains.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 8

Toronto

 

BookThug Launch 

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When: 7:30-11:30pm

Where: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

More Information: BookThug celebrates the launch of 8 great books:

Sophrosyne by Marianne Apostolides; Bunny and Shark by Alisha Piercy;  Leak by Kate Hargreaves;  a thin line between by Wanda Praamsma;  Afterletters by R. Kolewe;  City: Book One: Singular Assumptions by Michael Boughn; Universal Bureau of Copyrights by Bertrand Laverdure; and  Metaphysical Licks by Gregoire Pam Dick. A wild, obsessive read.

Be sure to RSVP to hazel@bookthug.ca and receive a coupon for $5.00 off any book purchased at the launch!

John Barton, author of Polari, and Tamai Kobayashi author of Prairie Ostrich, at Glad Day Bookshop

When: 8pm

Where: Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge Street (at Wellesley TTC station), 3rd Floor Event Space, Toronto

More Information: Join award-winning poet John Barton and writer to watch Tamai Kobayashi as they read from their respective work at Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto. John Barton has published ten previous collections of poetry and six chapbooks. He has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award. Since 1980, his poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers across Canada and in the United States, Australia, China, India, and the U.K. John will be reading from Polari, his most recent collection. Tamai Kobayahsi is a writer, song-writer, and videographer. She is the author of two story collections and has recently been named a 2014 writer to watch by CBC Books. She will be reading from Prairie Ostrich, her debut novel.

Victoria 

Douglas Glover, author of Savage Love, at Open Word: Readings and Ideas

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When: 7:30pm

Where: Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria

More Information:

Award-winning author Douglas Glover will read from his new book, Savage Love at Open Word. This reading is sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing Orion Series in the Fine Arts. For more details, visit http://www.openspace.ca/Douglas_Glover.

 

 

Eastend

Debra Komar, author of The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, in Eastend, Saskatchewan

When: 7:30pm

Where: T.rex Discovery Centre, 650 T-Rex Drive, Eastend, SK

More Information:

What happens when we apply modern forensic science to some of Canada’s oldest and most notorious murders? The answers may surprise you. Join forensic anthropologist and author Debra Komar for a version of her powerful presentation entitled “Getting Away with Murder: Rewriting Canada’s Bloody History, One Crime at a Time.”

Debra Komar is the winner of the Eastend Arts Council 2014 Grant for the Arts.

Thursday, October 9

Toronto

Carrianne Leung, author of  The Wondrous Woo, reads at Toronto Public Library

When: 7pm

Where: Toronto Public Library, Yorkville branch, 22 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto

More Information: Carrianne Leung reads from her Toronto Book Award nominated book, along with other nominees. 

Some Extremely Boring Drives by Marguerite Pigeon —Toronto Launch

When: 8pm

Where: Type Books (883 Queen St. W)

More Information: Join Marguerite Pigeon as she reads with two very cool Toronto writers, Becky Blake and Michelle Winters, at Type Books (883 Queen St. W), one of Toronto’s best independent booksellers.

Inanna Toronto Fall Launch No.1

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When: 6:00-8:30pm

Where: The Supermarket,  268 Augusta Ave, Toronto

More Information: An evening of secrets and celebration in honour of Mary Lou Dickinson's new novel, Would I Lie to You? AND Loren Edizel's new book of tales, Confessions

 

 

 

 

Kingston

John Barton, author of Polari, with Sadiqa de Meijer and Eric Folsomat at Novel Idea

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Novel Idea bookstore, 156 Princess St, Kingston, ON

More Information:

Join John Barton, Sadiqa de Meijer, and Eric Folsom as they read from their respective works at Novel Idea Bookstore in Kingston.

Windsor

BookThug and Newstar Books, along with Biblioasis present a book launch for Kate Hargreaves, Tom Dilworth and Louis Cabri

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When: 7:00 pm. Readings to begin at 8:15 pm

Where: 1520 Wyandotte Street E, Windsor, ON

More Information:

Free. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Books will be for sale. All are welcome. 

 

 

 

Ottawa

Arc Poetry Magazine presents Ottawa Poetry Awards Reading

When: 7:30pm

Where: 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa

More Information:

Featuring the 3 Finalists for the 2014 Archibald Lampman Award, given to a National-Capital area author for the most outstanding book of poetry. The 3 finalists are Sandra Ridley, author of The Counting House, David O'Meara and Peter Richardson.

Also featured are winners of the Brebner Prize competition, which honours emerging poets in the Ottawa area. The $500 prize was won this year by Anne Marie Todkill, with Honourable Mention going to Vivian Vavassis.

Regina

Tracy Hamon launches Red Curls

When: 7pm

Where: Slate Gallery, 2078 Halifax Street, Regina, SK

More Information: Tracy Hamon will be launching her new poetry collection, Red Curls, at the Slate Gallery in Regina, SK.

Calgary 

Lori Hahnel launches After You've Gone

When: 7pm

Where: Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd Street SW, T2R 0W5

More Information: 

Lori Hahnel will be launching her latest novel, After You've Gone, at the Memorial Park Library, Calgary. The launch will include musical guests and refreshments. 

Friday, October 10

Victoria

Planet Earth Poetry — Featuring Lawrence Feuchtwanger, author of Refugee Song

When: 7:30pm

Where: Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave #103, Victoria

More Information: $3 ($5 suggested donation), sign up for open mic at 7pm, http://planetearthpoetry.com/new-events/

Winnipeg

Karyn L. Freedman, author of One Hour in Paris, speaks at the University of Manitoba

 

When: 12:30 – 1:30 pm

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Where: University College, Concourse Lounge, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus

More Information:

Karyn L. Freedman (Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph; author of One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery) will speak on the topic of “Philosophical Reflections on Rape and Recovery” at the University of Manitoba. She will be in conversation with Arthur Schafer, Director, Ethics Centre, University of Manitoba. 

 

 

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