Next week, Taddle Creek, a Toronto-based literary magazine that publishes Toronto authors exclusively, will be celebrating their tenth anniversary. Expected to release a “giant-sized” Christmas 2007 Issue, the 72-page magazine has writing from Alex Boyd, Emily Schultz, Camilla Gibb, Stuart Ross, and many, many others, for the simple price of $4.95. The anniversary party will be at the Gladstone Hotel on November 28th, with readings, music by the Eradicators, door prizes, and maybe cake.
Various book launches will also be happening around the city, and don’t forget about TYPE Books’ second location, opening in Forest Hill, November 22.
Full listing details after the fold.
Toronto Literary Listings: November 20–28
Tuesday, November 20
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents Brendan McLeod, Sue Chenette, and Celia Ferrier. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
YANN MARTEL AND INTERNATIONAL READINGS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE present the launch of Life of Pi: Illustrated Edition, which features artwork by Tomislav Torjanac. York Quay Centre, Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West). 7:30 p.m. $8/free for IRAH members and students with valid ID.
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES welcomes Alastair MacLeod at the Locke Branch. Locke Branch, Toronto Public Library (3083 Yonge Street). 7 p.m. Free. 416-393-7730.
BOOK LAUNCH: The Glass Seed by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Joanna Manning, and Sue Kenney will join Pearkes for a reading. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21
LITERARY CAFÉ invites you to participate in a taping of CBC Radio’s Talking Books with Ian Brown. Bring your lunch, or buy one for $5. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). 12:30 p.m. Free.
UPTOWN AUTHOR SERIES presents Janice Kulyk Keefer, who will read from her latest novel. Q&A to follow. North York Central Library (5129 Yonge Street, Auditorium). 7 p.m. Free. Call to register at 416-395-5639,
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES welcomes Alastair MacLeod at the Richview Branch. Richview Branch, Toronto Public Library (1806 Islington Avenue). 7 p.m. Free. 416-394-5120.
BOOK LAUNCH: Lorenz Peter’s Side Effect. Katharine Mulherin Art (1086 Queen Street West). 6:30 p.m. 416.534.2011.
BOOK LAUNCH: More to Keep Us Warm by Jacob Scheier. TYPE Books (883 Queen Street West). 7 p.m.
CAROLYN GAMMON AND CHRISTIANE HEMKER authors of Johanna Krause Twice Persecuted: Surviving in Nazi Germany and Communist East Germany will be reading at York University. Books will be available from York University Bookstore. York Lanes 230R, York University. 3 p.m. Free.
Firiday, November 23
BOOK LAUNCH for Trumpets Sound No More by Jon Redfern and Brother’s Keeper by Steven OwadSleuth of Baker Street (1600 Bayview Avenue). 6 p.m. Free.
Saturday, November 24
BOOK LAUNCH: BURNING EFFIGY PRESS launches two new chapbooks, Words Written Backwards by Gemma Files and Sea Change by Adebe D.A.; other readers TBA, hosted by Monica S. Kuebler. Renaissance Café (1938 Danforth Avenue). 8 p.m. Free.
Sunday, November 25
THE ONTARIO POETRY SOCIETY presents The Winter Warm-up Poetry Fest. The event will feature readings by members, an open mic, and a raffle. Zemra Bar Lounge (778 St. Clair Avenue West). 1 p.m. Free.
THE FICTITIOUS READING SERIES presents Lynn Cody and Jeff Parker. This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (483 Church Street). 7:30 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, November 27
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents Paul Vermeersch, John Steffler, Paul Vermeersch and S.E. Venart. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
DAVE EGGERS, founder of McSweeney’s, launches the paperback edition of What Is The What (Vintage Canada), his “novelized autobiography” of Sudanese war refugee Valentino Achak Deng, at a This Is Not A Reading Series event. Eggers will be in Toronto for one day only to deliver a heartbreaking multimedia work about recent events in Valentino Achak Deng’s life. St. Barnabas Anglican Church (361 Danforth Avenue). 8 p.m. (Doors at 7:30 p.m.). Advance tickets $5 at Pages Books & Magazines (256 Queen Street West), firstname.lastname@example.org or www.pagesbooks.ca.
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES presents Anosh Irani for a reading at the Mount Dennis Branch. Mount Dennis Branch, Toronto Public Library (1123 Weston Road). 7 p.m. Free. 416-394-1008.
THE EDITORS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA presents Notes and Bibliographies, a practical seminar which will help you gain confidence in creating or editing references of all kinds. Oakham House (63 Gould Street, Room A/B). 1–4:30 p.m. $70 for members/$90 for non-members. Call 416-975-5528 or visit www.editors.ca to register.
Wednesday, November 28
TADDLE CREEK celebrates their tenth anniversary with the release of the Christmas 2007 Issue. Readings will be performed by Gary Barwin, Chris Chambers, Dani Couture, Patrick Rawley, and David Whitton, with music by the Eradicators. There will also be door prizes, and maybe cake. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
EAST END WRITERS’ GROUP presents a reading by Nate Hendley. He will answer questions on the writing business and will have copies of his book, Motivation for Non-Fiction Writers, available for purchase. After the break, the regular read and critique of manuscripts will take place. St. Clair Avenue East and O’Connor Drive. 7–10 p.m. Free. email@example.com.
READING: Join author Max Wex for a reading at the Bayview Branch. An event presented by the Canada Council Heritage Series. Bayview Branch, Toronto Public Library, Bayview Village Shopping Mall (2901 Bayview Avenue). 6:30 p.m. Free. 416-395-5460.
LITERARY CAFÉ invites you to spend the lunch hour with Globe and Mail columnists Jan Wong and Christie Blatchford who will tell personal stories from their travels. Bring your lunch or buy one for $5. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). 12:30 p.m. Free.
READING: Canada Council Heritage Series presents Noah Richler at Runnymede Branch. Runnymede Branch, Toronto Public Library (2178 Bloor Street West). 7 p.m. Free. 416-393-7697.