Michael Winter’s next novel, The Architects Are Here, is set for serious serial hype on Facebook. Beginning today, Michael will make forty-seven posts with chapter summaries, commentary, and notes until the book’s publication in September. Each installment will include videos and photos of the people and places that inspired the novel’s characters and settings.
To access the serial, contact Michael with a friend request via The Wall at Penguin Canada’s Facebook page, and you’ll be added to the distribution list. Interestingly, Gabriel English, a character who appears in three of Michael’s previous books, gets re-invented in the new one.
The Art Bar Reading Series bids us farewell for July, promises to return to a new venue in August, and asks us to keep an eye on their website for updates. The first week of the month will be crazy enough: The Scream Literary Festival takes over Toronto’s literary scene from July 3rd to July 9th. We’ll give you the full run-down closer to the date.
By the way, any bar owners out there interested in hosting the occasional literary night? A checklist for an ideal reading would be: stage, sound system, dedicated space (no TV or music blaring in the background) for fifty to a hundred people, central location, and reasonable beer prices. In return, you get a crowd of writers, mostly well-mannered, who DRINK. Email [email protected] if you’re interested.
It’s a quiet week, but please view Toronto’s lit listings (plus some writing advice for Saturday’s full moon) after the break.
Photo: Kate Sutherland interviewing Jennifer LoveGrove. Hear Jennifer interview Kate this afternoon on CKLN.
Lit Listings: June 26–July 2
Tuesday, June 26
IN OTHER WORDS. Tune in for CKLN’s literary radio show “In Other Words” on CKLN 88.1 fm or listen online at ckln.fm. New host Jennifer LoveGrove interviews Kate Sutherland (All In Together Girls, Thistledown Press). 2-3:00 p.m.
ART BAR POETRY SERIES features Amanda Hiebert, Sonnet L’Abbe, and Myna Wallin, followed by an open mic. Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street. 8:00 p.m. Free. artbar.org.
SALON VOLTAIRE. Speakers are Thomas McKaig on “The Evolution of International Trade in the Post WWII Era,” and Scott Schieman on “Divine Control: Beliefs about God.” Meet the speakers after the presentations. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West. 6:30 p.m. drinks; 7:30 p.m. show. $25. salon-voltaire.com..
Wednesday, June 27
FITZHENRY & WHITESIDE launches books of poetry by Daryl Hine (Recollected Poems 1951-2004) and Blaise Moritz (Crown and Ribs). Bar Italia, 582 College Street. 7:30–9:00 p.m. Free. bar-italia.ca.
TOTALLY UNKNOWN WRITERS FESTIVAL. New writers read stories of war, marriage, infidelity, childhood and leaving home. Rivoli, 332 Queen Street West. 7:00 p.m. PWYC-$6. Info: 416-596-1908.
Thursday, June 28
BOOK LAUNCH for Han Kut: Critical Art and Writing by Korean Canadian Women by the Korean Canadian Women’s Anthology Collective. The anthology features a collection of fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry and art by both newly emerging and established Korean Canadian women artists, writers, activists and educators. Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street. 7:00 p.m. Free. womensbookstore.com.
Friday, June 29
I.V. LOUNGE READING SERIES features Blaise Moritz (Crown and Ribs), Roseanne Carrara (A Newer Wilderness), and John Donlan (The Green Man). Hosted by Alex Boyd. 326 Dundas Street West, across from the AGO. 8:00 p.m. Free. alexboyd.com.
Saturday, June 30
FULL MOON: in fact, it’s the Full Strawberry Moon. My elderly neighbour says that when he was a young man, he saw his face in every full moon for two whole years. Maybe you’d like to write about faces and strawberries and moonlight tonight. We’re just sayin’.
Sunday, July 1
DIMENTIA 5 presents its annual Late Night Canada Day slam, featuring two rounds of ten poets. $150 prize. Hosted by Dave Silverberg and Electric Jon. Dominion Pub, 500 Queen Street East. 10:30 p.m. sign-up, 11:00 p.m. slam. $5 (after-party included). For info, call 416-312-3865.