“Skeletons Out for a Walk” by emcnamee.
There is a lot of madness to look forward to this week. Nuit Blanche madness (covered very soon by Torontoist), book sale madness, and literary events madness spread throughout the city. Torontoist will give you the lowdown on everything we can this week so you can sort it all out in your head.
To settle down pre-Nuit Blanche jitters, you can check out the Art Aloud: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Lecture Series at OCAD this Thursday and Friday. The series presents local, national, and international artists in a panel discussion, questioning Nuit Blanche’s influence on artists and “the nature of an event that is impermanent and ephemeral.”
On the night of Nuit Blanche, one special literary event to look out for is at 7:03 p.m., which is when Toronto will expose their exquisite corpse to the moonlight—a game favoured by the surrealists with the concept of creating a piece of work in which the effect is similar to that of broken telephone. Entitled Night, city, dream: a story, Toronto’s own interactive literary project will have its first few sentences written by David Miller. From then on, the story is in Toronto’s hands. The finished product will be revealed online with photographs, and will be published in a free, limited-edition chapbook. The event takes place in a tent near the monument in Queen’s Park. The same tent will be used for Diaspora Dialogues’ day-long reading event for the Word On The Street Book and Magazine Festival—which is in its 18th year and will welcome over 250 literary exhibitors, in addition to over 200 authors, poets, and industry experts spread throughout Queen’s Park.
If you’re looking to add some more books to your dusty bookshelf outside of Word On The Street, consider going to the 16th annual Victoria College book sale from September 27 to October 1. There will be thousands of old and new books in all subject areas, and proceeds will go to the Victoria University Library. Located in the Alumni Hall and Chapel (91 Charles Street West, Old Victoria). 5–10 p.m. (September 27), 10–8 p.m. (September 28), 11–7 p.m. (September 29), 11–5 p.m. (September 30), 10–8 p.m. (October 1). $3 for the first night only, free for students with I.D. 416-585-4585 or [email protected]
Full listing details after the leap.
Toronto Literary Listings: September 15–October 3
Tuesday, September 25
U of T BOOKSTORE READING SERIES presents two-time Giller Prize-winning author M.G. Vassanji to discuss his new novel, The Assassin’s Song. Robert Gill Theatre (214 College Street, 3rd floor). 7:30 p.m. Free.
ART BAR POETRY SERIES continues with featured readers Mark Abley, Elizabeth Philips, and Matthew Holmes. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES launches Jessica Westhead’s deadpan office comedy-romance, Pulpy and Midge, with an office party. Business attire strongly encouraged. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, 2nd floor). 7:30 p.m. Free.
CHA CHA spoken word with Melissa Burnett, Nalini Singh, Kelly Schnurr, and others. Concord Café (937 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. PWYC.
AUTHOR MIKE NICKERSON discusses his new book Life, Money & Illusion: Living On Earth As If We Want To Stay. 7 p.m. Free. Tinto (89 Roncesvalles). 416-530-5885.
JEFF PARKER reads from his new book Ovenman. 7 p.m. Free. Type Books (883 Queen Street West). 416-366-8973.
Wednesday, September 26
INTERNATIONAL READINGS AT HARBOURFRONT presents the International Readings Travellers Series. Featuring Jane Christmas, Jonathan Garfinkel, and Ian Klaus reading from their new books, hosted by Ben McNally. Brigantine Room (York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West). 7:30 p.m. $8 or free for members and students with valid ID. Tickets are $8 via available through the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416.973.4000 or their website.
UPTOWN AUTHOR SERIES presents author Rosalie Wise Sharp reading from her life story, Rifke: An Improbable Life. North York Central Library in the auditorium (5120 Yonge Street). 7 p.m. Call to register: 416-395-5639.
NICHOLA JENNINGS reads from Before The Gold Rush. Yorkville Library (22 Yorkville). 6:30 p.m. Free.
BOOK LAUNCH for Reading and Writing Disability Differently: The Textured Life for Embodiment by Tanya Titchkosky with a performance by storyteller-comedian Alan Shain, and an open mic. Hart House (7 Hart House Circle). Ramp access: Tower Road, western entrance. 5–8 p.m. Free. 416-978-8282.
Thursday, September 27
ART ALOUD: THE SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE LECTURE SERIES featuring local, national, and international artists. Panelists include Sara Graham, Millie Chen, Adad Hannah, Dyan Marie, and Craig Walsh. OCAD (100 McCaul Street, auditorium). 6:30–8:30 p.m. Free.
WRITER IN RESIDENCE Hal Niedzviecki presents Best Practices: Writing and Publishing Tips for Emerging Writers. Discussion will include how to get started, how to get published, and how to sustain a passion for writing. Q & A to follow. North York Central Library, in the auditorium), (5120 Yonge Street). 7 p.m. Call to register: 416-395-5639,
DEMENTIA 5 MULTIMEDIA SERIES presents performers Spencer Butt and Electric Jon, plus an open mic, and guaranteed after-party. Dominion Pub (500 Queen Street East). 8 p.m. $5. [email protected]
HOT-SAUCED WORDS is an interactive poetry/spoken-word event hosted by CreativeJames
Dewar, featuring Catherine Graham and Ken Sherman. Open mic sign-up at 8:15 p.m. It’s Not a Deli (986 Queen Street West). 8:30 p.m. PWYC.
Friday, September 28
ART ALOUD: THE SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE LECTURE SERIES presents Brazilian artist, Laura Belém, who has worked with installations, interventions, sound, photography, and video since 1998. OCAD (100 McCaul Street, auditorium). 6:30–8:30 p.m. Free.
BOOK LAUNCH for Paul Myers’ It Ain’t Easy, with CIUT radio host Michael Clifton. Spin Gallery (1100 Queen Street West, second floor). 7 p.m. $5. 416-405-8490.
Saturday, September 29
NIGHT, CITY, DREAM: A STORY Nuit Blanche interactive literary event. Join David Miller as he writes the first sentence in an “exquisite corpse”-inspired activity. Tent in Queen’s Park near monument. 7:03 p.m. Free.
WORDS ALIVE LITERARY FESTIVAL invites you to a full day of author readings, workshops, storytelling, panel discussions, open mic readings, and other literary events. Featuring Roy MacGregor, Barry Dempster, Gale Zoe Garnett, Marina Nemat, Denise Anderson, Fay Wilkinson, Maureen Hynes and Eliza Clark. Sharon Temple, Sharon, Ontario.
Sunday, September 30
THE WORD ON THE STREET 18th annual book and magazine festival at Queen’s Park. More than 250 book, magazine and literacy exhibitor booths in the festival marketplace, and more than 200 featured authors, poets, storytellers, performers and industry experts at any of the 14 on-site performance venues. Queen’s Park. 11–6 p.m. Free. 416-504-7241.
Tuesday, October 2
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents Penn Kemp, David Solway, and Stephanie Bolster. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA READINGS AT CASA LOMA presents its first events in a series of six, featuring Canada’s top crime writers. This session presents Linwood Barclay, Toronto Star memoirist-novelist-columnist, for a reading and signing of his latest book, No Time For Goodbye, as well as Barbara Fradkin, who will read from her new work in her award winning Inspector Green series, “Dream Chasers.” Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace). 7:30 p.m. $12. Preregistration required, email [email protected] or 416-923-1171 ext 205 or 215 for more information.
Wednesday, October 3
INTERNATIONAL READINGS AT HARBOURFRONT celebrate publication of Jane Urquhart’s Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, featuring eleven of Canada’s leading authors including Adrienne Clarkson, Barbara Gowdy, Leon Rooke, Michael Winter, Sheila Heti, and Vincent Lam. (York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West). 7:30 p.m. $8 or free for members and students with valid ID.