Photos of trey anthony, Dawn Whitwell, and Gein Fence courtesy of Get Your Lit Out.
Dear readers: please help give an author a chance to get married on the midway at this year’s Calgary Stampede. Really! While living in Toronto, Scarborough-raised Natalee Caple wrote many fine books, among them The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World (Anansi), and Mackerel Sky (Thomas Allen). We are sad we’ve lost her to Calgary, but thrilled that she has found happiness there with her fiancé, Jeremy. Natalee writes:
We have been selected as one of ten couples to compete to win a wedding on the midway at the Calgary Stampede. The public votes to decide who gets married. It’s crazy but we can’t think of a wackier and more hysterical, wonderful way to celebrate.
Please log on to the Calgary Stampede’s voting page as often as possible before June 26th. If we win, we ask that there be no gifts, but donations to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (which helps children with AIDS in Africa) are always welcome. We know how lucky we are and we want to share our good fortune.
The couple who won last year received over 72,000 votes! Think of how happy you will make their mothers, and imagine the crazy photos of wedding guests on rides!
Closer to home, you’ve got great lit choices every night. This week, there’s an influx of events leading up to Pride Week: a slam hosted by d’bi.young, a whole new series called Proud Voices gets launched, and Get Your Lit Out features trey anthony, Dani Couture, and others.
The Box Reading Series, a perennial favourite hosted by Louise Bak, is a good bet if you’d like an ecclectic mix, and This Is Not A Reading Series is offering up some fascinating Toronto history. House of Anansi launches Gil Adamson’s long-awaited debut novel, and Toronto Poetry Slam gets closer to choosing finalists for its Team Toronto. For something completely different, check out the media gossip at the inaugural Nonfiction.
Please read Toronto’s Literary Listings after the break.
Lit Listings: June 19 to June 25
Tuesday, June 19
THE ART BAR READING SERIES presents Stan White, Al St. Louis, Nashira Dernesch. The Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street. 8:00 p.m. Free.
KERRI SAKAMOTO reads from One Hundred Million Hearts. Davenport Library, 1246 Shaw. 7:00 p.m. Free.
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES. Don Cullen launches Bohemian Embassy: Memories and Poems in conversation with Robert Priest, and with music by Nancy White. Enjoy an evening of storytelling, poems and song in the tradition of the famed sixties coffee house founded by Don in 1960. 8:00 p.m. Free.
PRIDE SLAM 2007. Toronto’s queer spoken word artists are invited to participate in the competition. The evening will be hosted by renowned dub poet d’bi.young, who will will also perform at the end of the evening. $200 and the opportunity to perform at Pride’s Yo Yo ‘Mo hip hop party will be awarded to the last poet left standing. NOW Lounge, 189 Church Street, 8:00 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, June 20
DIAMOND CHERRY READING SERIES presents The Birthday Show featuring Barry Dempster, David Clink, and Edward Nixon. Your host is James Dewar. It’s Not A Deli, 986 Queen Street West. 8:00 p.m. PWYC.
GET YOUR LIT OUT: POTLUCK is the latest installment of the queer reading series presented by Three Ring Paper Productions. No recipes! Features are Shani Mootoo, trey anthony, Anna Camilleri, Debra Anderson, Gein Wong, and Dani Couture. Hosted by Dawn Whitwell. A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West (near Queen and Spadina). 7:00 p.m. Free & All Ages.
THOMAS PAWLICK. Lecture and book signing for The End Of Food. Pre-register by calling 416-916-1696. Conspiracy Culture, 1696 Queen Street West. 3:00 p.m. Free.
NONFICTION: media gossip, battle stories, innuendo. Nonfiction is a place for journalists of all kinds to tell stories that never made it to the public: stories killed by editors, blocked by producers, or self-censored by journalists themselves. Featured speakers: Derek Finkle, Richard Goddard, Chris Randle, Bill Shields, Jay Teitel, Antonia Zerbisias. Hosted by Jesse Brown. Produced by: Kathryn Borel, Jesse Brown, Ian Daffern, Jeremy Gans, Sheila Heti, Geoff Siskind, Dave Wells. Drake Hotel Underground. 9 p.m. $5.25.
Thursday, June 21
THE BOX invites you to an evening of word, film, action and music by: Andrea Dorfman, Eldon Garnet, Alison Kobayashi, Karilynn Ming Ho, Katie Stelmanis, Motion, Adam Seelig, and Woodhands. Your host is Louise Bak. The Box is a quarterly salon night of readings, performances, screenings, interventions and networking that aims to bring diverse communities and audiences into an environment of artistic and social intermingling. Rivoli, 332 Queen Street West (Back Room). 8:00 p.m. PWYC: $5 suggested donation.
Friday, June 22
THE OUTLANDER BOOK LAUNCH. Gil Adamson reads from her debut novel, The Outlander. Type Books, 883 Queen Street West. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Saturday, June 23
PROUD VOICES: A QUEER READING SERIES. In partnership with The Word On The Street, Pride Toronto will present for the first time, a celebration of queer writers and their writing. Proud Voices is a chance for book lovers, queer and straight, to meet the authors who inspire them and teach them how to show their pride. Featuring readings by Wayson Choy, Zoe Whittall, bill bissett, Mark Tewksbury, Sky Gilbert, Leah Lakshmi, Piepzna-Samarasinha, Matthew Fox, and Sandra Alland. Plus a workshop by Jon Pressick. Beer store parking lot (across from the 519 Community Centre, just north of Church & Wellesley). 1:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
TORONTO POETRY SLAM: THE SUPER AWESOME SEMI-FINALS. This month, it’s the semi-finals to determine who moves on to July’s finals to become the team representing Toronto at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Two rounds of 12 poets, and a guest performance by Vancouver’s R.C. Weslowski. Poets include Electric Jon, Amanda Hiebert, Valentino Assenza, Gypsy Eyes, and Mike Smith. Hosted by Dave Silverberg. Cervejaria, 842 College Street. (back room). 8:00 p.m. $5