This Week in Book Events: November 24-30

November 24, 2014

Poet Sue Sinclair returns to her Newfoundland roots, reading in Cornerbrook; the Tree Reading Series in Ottawa features poets Catherine Graham and Souvankham Thammavongsa; Will Starling by Ian Weir launches in Victoria — and more, this week in book events. 

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Poet Sue Sinclair returns to her Newfoundland roots, reading in Cornerbrook; the Tree Reading Series in Ottawa features poets Catherine Graham and Souvankham Thammavongsa; Will Starling by Ian Weir launches in Victoria — and more, this week in book events. 

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Tuesday, November 25


Shab-e She’r Poetry Night on November 25 with Shaista Latif and Antonio D’Alfonso

When: Doors open: 6:15 p.m, Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 p.m, Start: 7 p.m.

Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON

More Information: On November 25th Beit Zatoun will be hosting its second annual Shab-e She’r Poetry Night. Hosted by Bänoo Zan and Guernia poet Kate Marshall Flaherty, the evening will feature both poetry and music, as well as an open mic session. The featured poets for the evening will be Shaista Latif and Antonio D’Alfonso, with music by Shahriyar Jamshidi and Raphael Weinroth-Browne.

Cornerbrook, NL

Sue Sinclair at White Horse Lounge 

When: 8:00 pm

Where: White Horse Lounge, 14c Herald Avenue, Cornerbrook, NL

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St. John’s-raised poet Sue Sinclair returns to the Island to give public readings on November 23 and November 25. Sinclair is the author of four books of poetry.  The Drunken, Lovely Bird, her third book of poetry, was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2004. A fifth collection, Heaven's Thieves, is based on her recently completed PhD work in philosophy on the subject of beauty and will appear in 2016 with Brick Books.

Sue Sinclair's work has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award and was twice nominated for both the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. She grew in St. John's and currently lives in Montreal.
The readings are presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Grenfell campus, as part of its Come From Away Reading Series supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Admission is free. All are welcome.


Tree Reading Series with Catherine Graham and Souvankham Thammavongsa 


When: 6:45pm, Workshop; 8:00pm, Readings

Where: Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. in Ottawa

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Book and Author Series Features Kathleen Winter

When: 9:00am

Where: Burlington Golf and Country Club, 422 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON

More Information: This fall Kathleen Winter will be a part of Different Drummer Books’ "Book and Author" Series.  In this long running series nine authors visit Burlington to present their new works over three mornings.  Each session involves meeting at 9:00am for refreshments, with the morning's presentation starts at 9:30.  The authors will speak, answer questions, and inscribe their books. 

Series tickets will be available at A Different Drummer Books on 513 Locust Street. (Sorry, no advance reservations.)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

North Bay, ON

Sue and Jim Waddington at the Canadian Club of North Bay

When: 7:00pm

Where: North Bay Canadian Club, North Bay, ON

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Join  In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven authors Sue and Jim Waddington Sue as they discuss their quest to locate the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. This interactive talk will compare photographs of some of the 320 painting sites the Waddington's have found with the corresponding artwork. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved and a unique tale to be shared.

Thursday November 27, 2014 

Dundas, ON

Susan Evans Shaw at the Dundas Museum & Archives

When: 7pm

Where: Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park St. West, Dundas, ON

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Join author and historian Susan Evans Shaw and photographer Jean Crankshaw at the Dundas Museum & Archives for a journey into the past as they retrace the footsteps of Canadian soldiers as they depart from Canada, endure a bleak winter on the Salisbury Plain, and then cross into France to face their final battles. An immersive experience, this presentation will take you inside the pages of Canadians at War Vol.2: A Guide to the Battlefields and Memorials of World War II and into the lives of men and women who risked everything to serve their country.


Victoria Launch: Will Starling by Ian Weir and The Evolutionist by Avi Sirlin 

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Russell Books, 734 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

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Join authors Ian Weir and Avi Sirlin in celebration of the launch of their new novels at Russell Books.

BC resident Ian Weir is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author. Steeped in scientific lore, laced with dark humour,  Will Starling is a rollicking, bawdy, and haunting novel about love and redemption, death and resurrection. Published by Goose Lane Editions, the book has been receiving rave reviews from critics and fans. The Globe and Mail has proclaimed Will Starling "a remarkably subversive novel" and the Vancouver Sun called the novel "all very ’orrible, and a lot of fun."

Victoria resident Avi Sirlin's  The Evolutionist  has recently been published by Aurora Metro Press. The Evolutionist tells the story of one of Britain’s most controversial and misunderstood Victorians, the forgotten father of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace.


Butcher by Nicolas Billon launch party


Where: Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON

When: 7-9pm

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Nicolas Billon's highly anticipated new play, Butcher, just enjoyed its world premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects; the production has been met with rave reviews. Joinus to celebrate our release of the book publication of Butcher, a 'handsome edition with a foreword by former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour' (The Globe and Mail).

The book also includes an appendix with a pronunciation guide and English translation for the Lavinian used throughout the play (an entirely fictional language created for Butcher by Christina E. Kramer and Dragana Obradović).

The launch will include a short reading from the play by Nicolas, Dragana, and Andrew Musselman (who most recently brought Hamilton to life in the ATP production of Butcher). There will also be snacks, beverages, excellent conversation and a... killer playlist.

This event is FREE to attend, and all are welcome.


Living Yoga Studios presents a reading by Wanda Praamsma, author of a thin line between

Where: Living Yoga Studios, 11 Livingston Avenue

When: 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. Books for sale.

Tickets available.
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Friday, November 28



Where: Loft 404, 263 Adelaide Street West

When: 7:30pm - 11:45pm

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Saturday, November 29


David Balzer and Jacob Wren read at 8-11


Where: 8-11, 233 Spadina Ave., Toronto ON

When: 6-8pm

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Jacob Wren reading from Polyamorous Love Song

David Balzer reading from  Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else

Emma Healey reading from Begin with the end in mind



Ian Weir at Chapters Kamloops

Where: Chapters Kamloops, Kamloops, BC

When: 1:00 pm

More Information: Ian Weir returns to his hometown of Kamloops on November 29. Join him as he signs copies of Will Starling and find out why the Globe and Mail has called it "a remarkably subversive novel."

Saint John, NB

Books, Beethoven, and Beer

Where: Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB

When: 7pm

More Information: Join the Saint John Public Library (Central Branch) for a special, afterhours evening of words, music, and refreshment on Saturday, November 29th.

Award-winning author Beth Powning will be reading from Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life. The Saint John String Quartet will be playing, andBig Tide is set to cater and supply a specially crafted beer.

Tickets are $10 and include snacks. A cash bar will offer beer, wine and soft drinks. 

Sunday November 30, 2014

Junction Reads presents Alisha Piercy, author of Bunny and Shark


Other readers: TBA
Where: 3030, 3030 Dundas Street W, in the Junction, Toronto, ON
When: 4:00-7:00 PM

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Giving Back to the Community: Elana Wolff and Kate Marshall Flaherty Read at Hesperus Village

Where:  Hesperus Village Lobby & Hall, 1 Hesperus Rd., Thornhill, ON L4J 0G9

When: 7:00 – 8:30pm

More Information: On November 30, from 7:00 – 8:30, Hesperus Village will be hosting an evening of poetry and music for its residents, their friends, and other members of the community.


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