LitTO: July 17–July 23
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LitTO: July 17–July 23

LitTO Summer Reading Pick: check out Prose Karen from Neitzsche’s Brolly.
Remember LitTO’s plan to help author Natalee Caple and Jeremy Leipert win a contest to marry on the midway at the Calgary Stampede? The couple received 177, 000 online votes, and as they say at The Stampede, “got hitched,” last week. The bride and groom wore cowboy boots, and their first act as marrieds was a ride on the ferris wheel. Congratulations to Natalee and Jeremy, and thanks to Torontoist readers who took time to vote.
Also last week, Prose Karen, an anthology of prose, poetry, and visual work from Toronto press Nietzsche’s Brolly, arrived in our mailbox. Edited by international award-winning haiku poet Marshall Hryciuk, it contains work by authors local and not, like Karen Sohne, Nicky Drumbolis, John Barlow, Jeff Shantz … and even Hans Arp! Pictured above is one of four three-page spreads, this one with the book’s back cover. Copies are available by emailing [email protected], and will be in stores soon. We’re not sure why marketers of books present you with their most stupid titles as candidates for your summer reading every year, so we’ll make a few picks while the weather is warm and the listings are quiet.
Even though it’s a slow week, there is buzz around tonight’s Mansfield Press launch, and Toronto Poetry Slam culminates in its annual final competition on Saturday night with an appearance by Shane Koyczan. Learn the lit listings after the leap.

Literary Listings: July 17–July 23

Tuesday, July 17

MANSFIELD PRESS BOOK LAUNCH for Particle and Wave, a Mansfield Omnibus of Electro-Magnetic Fiction featuring Julie Booker, Salvatore Difalco, Jason Heroux, Alexandra Leggat and Kent Nussey. 7:30 p.m to 10:30 p.m. Bar Italia, 582 College Street. Free.
COFFEEHOUSE CABARET: Spoken Word & Music Open Stage featuring Timothy Carter. Hosted by Mike Bryant. The Renaissance Café, 1938 Danforth Avenue, one block west of the Woodbine Subway station. 9:00 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, July 18
JIM NASON launches his first novel, Light Housekeeping Journals. (Turnstone Press). This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (upstairs), 483 Church Street. 7:30 p.m. Free.
DIAMOND CHERRY READING SERIES presents Spoken Word for A Summer Night with Dwayne Morgan, Mike Smith, and Strong. Hosted by Edward Nixon. It’s Not A Deli, 986 Queen Street West (between Shaw & Ossington). 8:00 p.m. PWYC.
Thursday, July 19
JOEY COMEAU and MARIKO TOMAKI. Comeau launches his new book of stories, It’s Too Late To Say I’m Sorry (Loose Teeth Press); Tomaki reads new and old work. This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (upstairs), 483 Church Street. 7:30 p.m. Free.
DIASPORA DIALOGUES TOK READING feautures Kerri Sakamoto, Fereshteh Molavi, Dolly Reisman and Tasleem Thwar. Type Books, 883 Queen Street West. 7:00 p.m. Free.
Saturday, July 21
TORONTO POETRY SLAM presents the ultimate slam of the year, the FINALS NIGHT! Shane Koyczan of B.C. is the featured special guest. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West. 8:00 p.m. $10. For info, check out