This Week in Lit Events: April 24-30th

It’s Authors for Indies this Saturday, which, if nothing else was going on, would be a jam-packed week for literary events. But there’s MORE.


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It’s Authors for Indies this Saturday, which, if nothing else was going on, would be a jam-packed week for literary events. But there’s MORE.Are you hosting an event featuring an author whose titles are available on All Lit Up? Send the event details, including author, book, date, time, and address to to be included in our listings.

Monday, April 24th

Prince George, BCRead Local BC: Interior PerspectivesWhere: Prince George Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch, 888 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BCWhen: 7pmMore information: Read Local BC presents four acclaimed authors from the Interior: Sage Birchwater (Chilcotin Chronicles, Caitlin Press), Clayton Gauthier (The Salmon Run, Theytus Books), Janet Romain (Not My Fate: The Story of a Nisga’a Survivor, Caitlin Press), and Bev Sellars (Price Paid, Talonbooks). Monday, April 24 at 7:00 pm. Prince George Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch, 888 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC. More information at

Tuesday, April 25th

Julie Salverson Talk and Signing
Where: Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QuebecWhen: 5-6:30pmMore information: Join us as author Julie Salverson signs and discusses her book Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir. Admission is free.Link: John’sI’d Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game LaunchWhere: The Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth StreetWhen: 7-9pmMore information: We will be launching Alison Dyer’s debut collection of poetry on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome, admission is fee and books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, April 26th

VancouverRonsdale Poetry ShowcaseWhere: VPL Dunbar branch, 4515 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, BCWhen: 6:15pmMore information: Ronsdale Poetry Showcase featuring Ulrike Narwani, Henry Rappaport & Pamela Porter.

Thursday, April 27th

MontrealBlue Metropolis Festival – Montreal: Once & Future City of RefugeWhere: Hotel 10, Salle Jardin, 10 Sherbrooke St. W, Montreal, QCWhen: 3:30-4:30pmMore information: Cora Siré (Behold Things Beautiful, Signature Editions) has been invited as one of four guest panelists for the Montreal: Once & Future Refuge panel.Link: Editions Montreal Book LaunchWhere: La P’tite Grenouille 3435 Boul St-Laurent, Montreal, QCWhen: 6pmMore information: Guernica launches its spring season at La P’tite Grenouille in Montreal.Toronto
Author Reading: Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon 
Where: Toronto Public Library (Mount Pleasant branch), 599 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ONWhen: 6-8pmMore information: Ann Elizabeth Carson reads “Weave and Mend” from Laundry Lines (Inanna Publications) accompanied by the music of Gannon (Tom) Hamilton.Link: Busy: Coach House Books Spring LaunchWhere: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ONWhen: 7:30pmMore information: We’ve been industrious little bunnies making another season’s worth of books, and all the work has us thirsty! On April 27th, join us (and perhaps a few maniacal hares) in raising a glass and gettin’ busy at our spring launch! Free + everyone is welcome. Books for sale + pals to high five! With readings from Linda Besner, Nicolas Billon, Jill Connell, Julia Cooper, Suzette Mayr, Rhonda Mullins, Sarah Pinder, Shane Rhodes, and Jesse Ruddock.Link:

Friday, April 28th

MontrealBlue Metropolis festival panel on Religion and FictionWhere: Hotel 10, Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, QCWhen: 7:30pmMore information: Ariela Freedman (Arabic For Beginners, Linda Leith Publishing) discusses her book on the Religion and Fiction panel at Blue Met.VictoriaPlanet Earth PoetryWhere: Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave (across from Bolen Books), Victoria, BCWhen: 7pmMore information: The evening begins at 7:30 with an open mic, followed by featured readers Madhur Anand and Dee Hobsbawn-Smith. Between 7 and 7:15, put your name in the hat to read at open mic.

Saturday, April 29th

Across CanadaAuthors for Indies DayMore information: Authors for Indies Day comes back, with authors taking up residence at independent bookstores across Canada. Head to their website for a complete listing.
Blue Metropolis festival Literary Diversity Prize awarded to Xue Yiwei + InterviewWhere: Hotel 10, Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, QCMore information: Event includes an hour-long on-stage interview of Xue Yiwei (Shenzheners, Linda Leith Publishing), host Taras Grescoe. TorontoPoetry and Music Salons: Brenda ClewesWhere: Palmerston Library Theatre, 260 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, ONWhen: 2-4pmMore information: Brenda Clews (Tidal Fury, Guernica Editions) will be performing a reading at Poetry and Music Salons in Toronto.Bring the Noise: Street Poetry for NPM & PEN CanadaWhere: Downtown TorontoWhen: 11am-8pm
More information: Join us for Poem in Your Streets Day (following Poem in Your Pocket Day) to celebrate National Poetry Month and share poetry and protect freedom of expression! All donations during the day will be counted and go to PEN Canada. We will be touring downtown Toronto on a route through popular locations, streets and areas of high traffic, on public transit, book shops during the Authors for Indies program, making stops to deliver pop up readings of poetry, all day ’til evening. It’ll be a party! We will announce tentative scheduled route soon (subject to change and spontaneity). On the day, we will be updating whereabouts via and the Facebook event page. 
Be sure to invite all the poets or poetry-lovers you know, whether you’re reading or hanging out with us! The more the merrier!
Featured poets include Julie Cameron Gray, Ayesha Chatterjee, adebe DeRango-Adem, Justin Lauzon, and more.Link: Saskatchewan Book Awards CeremonyWhere: Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina, SKWhen: 5pmMore information: The 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre (200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina, SK). Doors open at 5:00 pm, followed by a Prairie Buffet at 5:30 pm. The Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm and it will be hosted by award-winning author James Daschuk, whose book Clearing the Plains won five Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2014. Étienne Fletcher, a Francophone vocal artist originating from Regina, will perform before the intermission.Tickets are on sale through our website ( until Wednesday, April 26.Link: