LitTO: October 3–10
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LitTO: October 3–10

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“March of the Penguins” by BrynJ.
This week’s LitTO is chock full of reading events, mainly from the Factory Theatre’s national-made-local reading series. In collaboration with several play development centres situated throughout the country, the Factory Theatre’s Trans-Canada Edition presents new playwrights and their plays from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, and the Maritimes. All reading events are free and will take place from October 3–6, with varying times.
On Wednesday, Penguin Group Canada will celebrate the release of Jane Urquhart’s Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories at the Harbourfront Centre. The anthology is comprised of more than sixty established Canadian authors and the stories included span more than a century. Notable authors include Carol Shields, Margaret Laurence, Stephen Leacock, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley, Michael Winters, and Sheila Heti. The event will also feature appearances by eleven of Canada’s notable literati including Adrienne Clarkson, Barbara Gowdy, Leon Rooke, Michael Winter, Sheila Heti (recently Tall Poppied), and Vincent Lam.
Another Penguin related event this week is the release party of Michael Winter’s Giller Prize nominated The Architects Are Here, presented in coalition with Pages TINARS and Penguin Group Canada. Winter’s best friends and colleagues will share one minute toasts to him as he strictly times them. Anywhere from near death experiences to “dangerous high calibre antics” can be expected.
Full listing details after the fold.

Toronto Literary Listings: October 3–10

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 reading event 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 through the Harbourfront Centre or 416 973 4000.
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents David Gilmour, winner of the 2005 Governor General’s Award for Fiction, in conversation with Ralph Benmergui to discuss the real-life basis of his new book, The Film Club. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free.
READING WEEK (TRANS-CANADA EDITION) presents Mansel Robinson, reading from her new play Trigger Happy, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street). 7 p.m. Free. 416-504-9971.
ROWERS PUB READING SERIES invites readers Trevor Cole, Molly Peacock, and George Elliott Clarke. Rowers Pub (150 Harbord Street). 7:30 pm. Free. 416-961-6277.
Thursday, October 4
32 SHORT STORIES ABOUT MICHAEL WINTER, presented by TINARS and Penguin Group Canada, launch Michael Winter’s new novel, The Architects Are Here, with fellow Canadian writers delivering 60-second Winter toasts, live on stage with strict timing by Winter himself. Notable literati include Barbara Gowdy, Andrew Pyper, and Russell Smith. Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY AUTHOR SERIES hosts David Gilmour and Rona Maynard, who will read from their new books. Sandra Martiin will interview the authors. Book sales and signing. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, first floor). 7 p.m. Free.
READING WEEK (TRANS-CANADA EDITION) presents Wanda R. Graham, reading from her new play Kill Zone…A Love Story, in collaboration with the Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street). 3 p.m. Free. 416-504-9971.
READING WEEK (TRANS-CANADA EDITION) presents Miranda Huba, reading from her new play House of KOSA, in collaboration with the Playwrights’ Theatre Centre in Vancouver. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street). 7 p.m. Free. 416-504-9971.
Friday, October 5

I.V LOUNGE READING SERIES
features Claire Cameron, David McFadden, and Stephen Brockwell. I.V. Lounge (326 Dundas Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
READING WEEK (TRANS-CANADA EDITION) presents Carolyn Gray, reading from her new play The Confessional of the Black Pentinents or The True Path to the Church, in collaboration with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street). 7 p.m. Free. 416-504-9971.
READING WEEK (TRANS-CANADA EDITION) presents Regional Differences, Real or Imaginary?, a panel discussion with play development centre directors from coast to coast. Moderated by Ken Gass. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street). 5:30 p.m. Reception at 5pp.m.. Free. 416-504-9971
Saturday, October 6
READING WEEK (TRANS-CANADA EDITION) presents Alexis Martin, reading from his new play Offices, in collaboration with the Playwrights’ Workshop in Montreal. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street). 3 p.m. Free. 416-504-9971.
READING WEEK (TRANS-CANADA EDITION) presents Eugene Stickland, reading from his new play Writer’s Block, in collaboration with the Alberta Playwrights’ Network in Calgary. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street). 7 p.m. Free. 416-504-9971.
Tuesday, October 9
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents U of T History Professor Paul Rutherford and his new book The World Made Sexy. Rutherford will deliver a multimedia presentation featuring ancient erotic artifacts, to deconstruct the complex process whereby fashion, pop culture, and the media collide to commodify public desire. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free
Wednesday, October 10
BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS book launch party for I, Tania. Featured readers are, Bill Kennedy, a. rawlings, Ken Babstock, and Damian Rogers. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue). 8 p.m. Free.

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