“Coach House Alley” by chelseagirl
We’re in the middle of the fall book launch season, and this week we can look forward to some promising new titles being put out by publishing houses such as Coach House Books, Pedlar Press, Quattro Books, Seraphim Editions, Type Books, and plenty of others.
The IFOA continues for another strong week with its massive literary buffet of events. The festival will officially conclude on Saturday evening with readings by the short-listed authors of this year’s Giller Prize, who, if you didn’t know already, are Elizabeth Hay, Michael Ondaatje, Daniel Poliquin, M.G. Vassanji, and Alissa York. There’s a good chance you can still snag some tickets to the remaining events.
Full listing details after the leap.
Toronto Literary Listings: October 23—31
Tuesday, October 23
PEDLAR PRESS launches its fall titles with authors Stan Rogal, Michael Blouin, and Jacob Wren. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue). 7:30 p.m. Free. 416-534-2011.
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents Russell Thornton, Michael Lee Rattigan, and Zoe Whittall. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents Astrid Young, half-sister to Neil Young, who will offer an intimate look at the rock icon in her memoir, Being Young. She will discuss her life, career, and her celebrity sibling with ethnomusicologist Professor Rob Bowman. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, October 24
COACH HOUSE BOOKS launches most of its fall titles at the Coach House Fall Launch, featuring readings by Jessica Westhead, Cara Hedley, Darren Wershler-Henry, David McGimpsey, Sarah Lang, and Greg MacArthur. Stones Place (1255 Queen Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
QUATTRO BOOKS launch their fall titles. Michael Wex’s The Adventures of Micah Mushmelon, Boy Talmudist, Gianna Patriarca’s My Etruscan Face, Gale Zoë Garnett’s Room Tone, and readings of Canadian poetry by Jennifer Dale’s from Garden Variety. Historica Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue). 7 p.m. Free.
ARTHUR BLACK launches Black to the Grindstone author reads and will sign copies of new book. Yuk Yuks (224 Richmond Street West). 6 p.m. $10. 416-967-6425.
MEG TILLY launches her new young adult book, Porcupine. TYPE Books (883 Queen Street West). 7 p.m. Free. 416-226-9011.
WRITUALS featuring Jeff Cottrill and an open mic. Hart House (7 Hart House). 9 p.m. Free. 416-946-7323.
Thursday, October 25
BETWEEN THE LINES celebrates thirty years of publishing. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7–10 p.m. Free.
ANDREW LYCETT previews his biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, Main Floor Stage). 7 p.m. Free.
SERAPHIM EDITIONS FALL BOOK LAUNCH. Featuring The Angel Notebook by Luciano Iacobelli, Lifting the Stone by Susan McCaslin, The Carless Cartoon Collection by Roy Carless and Kerry Schooley, and others. Refreshments will be served. The Arts & Letters Club (14 Elm Street). 6:30–9:30 p.m. Free.
HOT-SAUCED WORDS, an interactive poetry/spoken-word event, hosted by CreativeJames Dewar, presents Glen Sorestad, Susan Lynn Reynolds, and Neil Muscott. Poetry challenge and open mic (sign-up begins at 8:15 p.m.) at each show. It’s Not a Deli (986 Queen Street West) 8:30 p.m. PWYC.
EDITOR’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (TORONTO BRANCH) presents Plain Language: Building Results, a seminar aimed at helping editors understand how to improve readability by targeting such barriers as weak organization, wordiness, abstract language, etc. Oakham House (63 Gould Street, Room A/B). 10–5 p.m. $135 for members/$175 for non-members. Call 416-975-5528 or visit www.editors.ca to register.
Friday, October 26
EDITORS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (TORONTO BRANCH) presents Grammar Rules and Myths, a seminar which will focus on clarifying principles grammar and is beneficial for both experienced and novice editors. Oakham House (63 Gould Street, Room G). 10–5 p.m. $135 for members/$175 for non-members. Call 416-975-5528 or visit www.editors.ca to register.
Saturday, October 27
EDITORS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (TORONTO BRANCH) presents On-Screen Editing with Microsoft Word 2003, a seminar which will demonstrate how to create, edit and format documents using Microsoft Word 2003, with emphasis on the functions most likely to be needed by writers and editors in their daily work. Northrop Frye Hall (73 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Room 003). 9:30–5 p.m. $145 for members/$185 for non-members. Call 416-975-5528 or visit www.editors.ca to register.
SARAH SHEARD facilitates Writing ’Round the Bend: A Blockbusting, Interactive Gestalt-style Workshop which will present strategies for better handling the creative-writing process and avoiding self-defeating habits such as procrastination, creative resistance, etc. Toronto Writers’ Centre (101 Yorkville Avenue). 10–12 p.m. $35. Call 416-975-5172 or email [email protected] to register.
Tuesday, October 30
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents Ron Charach, John Reibetanz and Christopher Patton. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, October 31
EDITORS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (TORONTO BRANCH) presents Copy Editing: A Hands-on Introduction, a seminar for those considering a career in editing. This two-day seminar (on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7) will provide a solid introductory knowledge base and plenty of hands-on practice. Oakham House (63 Gould Street, Room A/B). 9:30–4:30 p.m. $175 for members/$205 for non-members. Call 416-975-5528 or visit www.editors.ca to register.
THE BOX SALON hosts an evening of word, film, dance, and music by Semi Chellas, Sharon Harris, Steve Kado, Jessica Rose, Jessica Runge, Moheb Soliman, Troy Emery Twigg, and others. Rivoli (332 Queen Street West, Back Room). $5 minimum. 416-929-1906.