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It’s a bit of a slow week on Toronto’s literary event calendar, as most publishers are in the final, frantic phases of producing their new spring catalogues. Enjoy your rest now, because things are going to get real busy come April. Having said that, there are a few gems for book lovers to attend before the snow finally melts and a packed schedule of spring launches is upon us.
Everyone is talking about the launch of Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s beautiful new graphic novel, Skim. Fans of the indie favourite Kiss Machine will already be familiar with an earlier, slender version of Skim as part of the zine’s innovative Kiss Machine Presents girl-comic series. The long-awaited hardcover incarnation is already in stores for your buying pleasure, and the March 26 launch will feature the Tamaki cousins discussing the graphic novel process with writer Jessica Westhead. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom for this free event.
The end of the winter season means it’s a good time to find a book bargain—many booksellers are doing some spring cleaning. Much-loved Balfour Books (601 College Street West) is currently holding its annual sale on art, design, theory, and lit books, and there are only a few more days to take advantage of the deals. Through March 19 there’s a huge selection of used books all at half off.
Full listings after the fold.
Toronto Literary Listings: March 18-26
Tuesday, March 18
The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Rudy Fearon, Clara Blackwood and Maureen Hynes. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m.
The Plasticine Poetry Series presents David Harry Bateman, Yehuda Fisher, Molly Peacock, Elana Wolf, plus an open mic. Hosted by Cathy Petch. The Central (603 Markham Street). 8 p.m. PWYC.
Wednesday, March 19
This Is Not A Reading Series presents Paul Quarrington and his band Porkbelly Futures for the launch of Quarrington’s new novel, The Ravine. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Free.
Thursday, March 20
Creative James Dewar hosts Hot-Sauced Words: Interactive Poetry/Spoken Word, featuring Annabelle Murray and Doug Roy. Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue). 7:30 p.m. Pass-the-hat admission.
International Readings at Harbourfront presents Jeffrey Archer and his new book, A Prisoner of Birth. Premiere Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West). 7:30 p.m. $8.
Saturday, March 12
Toronto Poetry Slam begins its play-off season with the Semi-Finals Slam. Hosted by Dave Silverberg. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West). 8 p.m. $5.
Tuesday, March 25
The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Jeff Latosik, Ariel Platt and Pier Giorgio Di Cicco. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, March 26
This Is Not A Reading Series presents Mariko and Jillian Tamaki launching Skim. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Free.