An overflowing pile of books by paolo_dlk from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
The summer months may have left us a little dehydrated, a little sun burnt, a little flaky, and a little wordless, but after a long break, LitTO is returning to inform you how this fall season will revitalize your sense of word wonder.
Yesterday the longlist for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize was officially announced. A record of 108 books were submitted by 46 publishers from all regions of Canada, and the jury—composed of 2005 Giller Prize winner David Bergen, author Camilla Gibb, and author-poet-artist Lorna Goodison—narrowed down their selection to 15 titles. The prize annually awards $40,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection in English, as well as $2,500 to each finalist. The shortlist will be announced October 9, and on November 6 the Giller Prize will be presented.
In the meantime, this week marks the first week of Pages Books & Magazines fall 2007 season of This is Not a Reading Series, and they’re hitting it hard with a triple header of literary events lined up. From Klezmer tunes and belly dancing accompanying the release of Jonathan Garfinkel’s Ambivalence, to the launch of sci-fi novelist William Gibson’s Spook Country, to a rave celebrating the drop of Jeff Warren’s Head Trip: Adventures In Human Consciousness, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
If you’ve been living off the Art Bar and I.V Lounge reading series over the summer months, they’ll continue to keep you satisfied, but there’s also the U of T reading series and the Diamond Cherry reading series to consider, in addition to some upcoming book launches and other readings scattered throughout the city. Choices, choices.
Check out full listing details after the fold.
Toronto Literary Listings: September 18–24
Tuesday, September 18
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES launches Toronto poet and playwright Jonathan Garfinkel’s memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide, with an on-stage conversation with Paul Thompson, Klezmer music by David Buchbinder and Medina, and belly dancing by Roula Said. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, 2nd floor). 7:30 p.m. Free.
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents readers Kenneth Sherman, Arianna Pozzuoli and Dennis Lee. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free. www.artbar.org.
U OF T READING SERIES presents Ray Robertson, author of What Happened Later, and Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman. Hart House Library (7 Hart House Circle). 7:30 p.m. Free. 416-640-5836 or www.uoftbookstore.com.
Wednesday, September 19
INTERNATIONAL READINGS AT HARBOURFRONT begins its fall season with authors Shauna Singh Baldwin, Robert Hough and Stephen Marche set to read new works of fiction. Brigantine Room (York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West). 7:30 p.m. $8, free for members and students with valid ID. www.readings.org.
UPTOWN AUTHOR SERIES presents Rebecca Eckler, who will discuss her new novel Wiped! Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator, in which she explores the joys and wonders of parenting. North York Central Library (5120 Yonge Street, Auditorium). 2 p.m. Call to register at 416-395-5639. Children are welcome. www.torontopubliclibrary.ca.
DIAMOND CHERRY READING SERIES presents Sandra Kasturi reading from her new book of poetry The Animal Bridegroom, poetry readings by Tanis Rideout, and spoken word by CS Field Trio. They will also hold an open mic and monthly contest. Hosted by Edward Nixon. It’s Not A Deli (986 Queen Street West). 8 p.m. PWYC.
STEVEN MCCABE launches his new book of poetry Hierarchy of Loss. Joined by dancers Preethi Gopinath (Bharatnatyam) and Paula Skimin (tap), classical guitarist William Beauvais, and blues guitarist Paul Sanderson. The Central Restaurant and Bar (603 Markham Street). 7:30 p.m. Free. 416-913-4586.
QUEER WITHIN THESE WALLS featuring Debra Anderson, Farzana Doctor, and Pat Capponi. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (33 Russell Street). 12 p.m. Free. 416-535-8501.
GUERNICA EDITIONS book launch features Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Barry Callaghan, Laurence Hutchman, and more. Bar Italia (582 College). 7 p.m. Free. 416-535-3621.
UNDERGROUND NON FICTION hosts Jesse Brown and Sheila Heti. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West). 9 p.m. $5. 416-531-5042.
Thursday, September 20
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents CBC producer Jeff Warren for his release of Head Trip: Adventures in Human Consciousness, followed by a rave with DJ Noah Pred. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Free.
THEATRE producer David Mirvish, actor Araby Lockhart, and film critic Robert Cushman exchange their stories and experiences in theatre. This event also features Stage Struck, an exhibition at the TD Gallery of the Toronto Reference Library celebrating 100 years at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). 7 p.m. Free. www.torontopubliclibrary.ca.
Friday, September 21
I.V LOUNGE READING SERIES invites you to readings by Kate Sutherland, Marusya Bociurkiw and Andrew Daley. I.V. Lounge (326 Dundas Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents William Gibson—in his only Toronto appearance for his new political techno-espionage thriller Spook Country—in conversation with Space TV’s Mark Asquith. Bloor Street United Church (300 Bloor Street West). 7:30 p.m. $5 (tickets available at Pages Books & Magazines). www.pagesbooks.ca.
Sunday, September 23
RUTH ROACH PIERSON launches her book Aide-mémoire, with additional readings by Helen Humphreys, Maureen Harris and Nick Thran. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 3–5 p.m. Free.
AT TWILIGHT OF THE AUTUMN EQUINOX the Royal Sarcophagus Society Press invites you to join them for the launch of their two newest titles: the poetry anthology Nuit Blanche: Poems for Late Nights, edited by Liisa Ladouceur, and Discovering Japan, a collection of short stories by fantasy/horror author Nancy Baker. Featured readers, prizes and surprises to be announced. Gladstone Hotel Art Bar (1214 Queen Street West). 7 p.m. $6. www.therss.com.