Here we go. The biggest week of the year for book lovers, the International Festival of Authors, is upon us. Torontoist will have extensive coverage of this year’s IFOA. For now, here are a few non-IFOA events taking place this week.
Tonight, you have the choice of heading over to the Smiling Buddha Bar – 961 College – for this week’s Freedom Readings, starting at 6pm (and free) or checking out Margaret MacMillan read from her new book, Nixon in China, at Hart House over at the University of Toronto at 7:30pm ($5). Come to think of it, you can probably make it to both.
If you want to drown your sorrows in a glass of wine, check out Natalie MacLean, who will be reading from her new book Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass. She’ll be reading at the Faculty Club – 41 Wilcox Ave – as part of the U of T Bookstore Reading Series. 7:30pm. Free.
This month’s instalment of Trampoline Hall takes place this evening, curated by Lauren Bride. Reading will be Rosemarie Stillie, the always-wonderful Julia Tausch, Jeoff Bull, and Chris Randle (just in case, as the website says.) It takes place at Sneaky Dee’s at 8pm. Tickets are $6 advance, $5 at the door.
This evening, humorist Trevor Strong reads at the Toronto Writers’ Centre – 101 Yorkville – at 7pm. $10.
And, this week the Art Bar Poetry Series features Jan Zwicky, Nick Thran, and Tim Bowling. It takes place at the Victory Café, starting at 8pm, and is free.
Tonight, the Toronto Public Library presents mystery writer Howard Engel as part of their Uptown Author Series, with a Q and A to follow. It takes place at 7pm at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge. Free.
Sumach Press will be launching their new anthology, Trans/forming Feminisms: Transfeminist Voices Speak Out, at the 519 Community Centre – 519 Church, starting at 7pm.
Finally, the Draft Reading Series presents Gary Barwin, Suzanne Collins, and more. It takes place at the Artists’ Play Studio – 290 Carlaw – beginning at 8pm, and is free.
Tonight, the Toronto Public Library presents readings by the Giller Prize short-listed Vincent Lam and author Elizabeth Ruth (pictured), who’ll be reading from her novel Smoke. A Q and A will follow the readings. It takes place at 7pm at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge, and is free.
Tonight is the launch for Dark: Stories from the Supernatural, from Tightrope books. There will be readings from the contributors. It takes place at the Savannah Room, 249 College, starting at 7pm and it’s free.
The 37th installment of the Perpetual Motion Roadshow features “recovering slam poet” Elliot Harmon, guitarist Ocho, and zine-maker Dave Fried. Takes place at one of my haunts, the Imperial Pub – 54 Dundas E, starting at 8pm. PWYC.