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LitTO: June 10–18

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Graphic novel and comic book geeks rejoice—this is your week! Tonight acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist Jason comes to Toronto to launch his new work Pocket Full of Rain. Popular Annex comic shop The Beguiling will be hosting this free event at its neighbour, The Central (603 Markham Street), tonight at 8:00 p.m. Not only that, but next Wednesday The Beguiling will also partner with The Toronto Public Library and The Merril Collection to officially launch The World of Steve Ditko, the first-ever biography of the reclusive co-creator of Spiderman. The free event happens at the Lillian H. Smith Branch (239 College Street) at 7:00 p.m.
The literary side of Luminato continues this week with some additional installments of the Festival of the Short Story on Thursday and Friday at library branches across the city. Check the listings for full details.
Full listings after the fold.

Toronto Literary Listings: June 10–June 18

Tuesday, June 10
The Porcupine’s Quill presents the launch of Sailor Girl by Sheree-Lee Olson. Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street). 6:00 p.m. Free.

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presents Jeff Fuchs. Gladstone Hotel Gallery (1214 Queen Street West). 8:00 p.m. Free.
The Beguiling presents Jason at The Central (603 Markham Street). 8:00 p.m. Free.
Monty Reid, Phlip Arima and Yannick Marshall Reading at Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West). 8:00 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, June 11
The final evening of the Rowers Pub Reading Series, featuring Ian Burgham, David Clink, Catherine Graham, Ned Hagerman and Halli Villegas. Harbord House (150 Harbord Street, 2nd floor) 7:30 p.m. Free.
Diaspora Dialogues and Luminato presents the launch of TOK: Writing the New Toronto, The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West). 8:00 p.m. Free.
Biblioasis presents the launch of Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets, edited by Zachariah Wells. IV Lounge (326 Dundas Street West). 8:00 p.m. Free.
Thursday, June 12
PistolPress launches its inaugural anthology, Pistol. Freedom Clothing Collective (939 Bloor Street West). 7:00 p.m. Free.
Luminato presents Ahmad Saidullah, Sharon English and Jane Urquhart at the Festival of the Short Story. Toronto Public Library, Palmerston Branch (560 Palmerston Avenue). 7:00 p.m. Free.
Toronto WordStage presents Maggie Helwig, author of Girls Fall Down (Coach House Books). Cervejaria (842 College Street). 7:30 p.m. Free.
Friday, June 13
Luminato presents David Whitton, Rebecca Rosenblum and Lynn Coady at the Festival of the Short Story. Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch (40 Orchard View). 12:30 p.m. Free.
Sunday, June 15
Book Expo, Canada’s book publishing industry event and trade show. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West). 10:00 a.m. Ticket prices vary.
Nicholas Hoare Books presents Afternoon Tea with Christopher Shulgan. King Edward Hotel (37 King Street East). 3:00 p.m. $35.
Monday, June 16
Book Expo, Canada’s book publishing industry event and trade show. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West). 10:00 a.m. Ticket prices vary.
Tuesday, June 17
ECW presents the launch for The North End Poems by Michael Knox. Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave). 6:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, June 18

The Beguiling, The Toronto Public Library and The Merril Collection launch The World of Steve Ditko, the first-ever biography of the reclusive co-creator of Spiderman. Lillian H. Smith Branch (239 College Street). 7:00 p.m. Free.

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