LitTO: November 27–December 5
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LitTO: November 27–December 5

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Today, TINARS will present Dave Eggers, founder of McSweeney’s, to launch the paperback edition of his book, What Is the What. Here in Toronto for one day only, Eggers’ book, written as a “novelized autobiography” about Sudanese war refugee Valentino Achak Deng, will be complemented with a multimedia presentation during the event.
Also don’t forget that Taddle Creek will be having their tenth anniversary party tomorrow. They’ll be celebrating with the release of their Christmas 2007 Issue. Readers include Gary Barwin, Chris Chambers, Dani Couture, Patrick Rawley, and David Whitton.
Full listing details after the fold.

Toronto Literary Listings: November 27–December 5

Tuesday, November 27
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents Paul Vermeersch, John Steffler, Paul Vermeersch and S.E. Venart. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents Dave Eggers, founder of McSweeney’s, launches the paperback edition of What Is The What (Vintage Canada), his “novelized autobiography” of Sudanese war refugee Valentino Achak Deng, at a This Is Not A Reading Series event. Eggers will be in Toronto for one day only to deliver a heartbreaking multimedia work about recent events in Valentino Achak Deng’s life. St. Barnabas Anglican Church (361 Danforth Avenue). 8 p.m. (Doors at 7:30 p.m.). Advance tickets $5 at Pages Books & Magazines (256 Queen Street West), [email protected] or
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES presents Anosh Irani for a reading at the Mount Dennis Branch. Mount Dennis Branch, Toronto Public Library (1123 Weston Road). 7 p.m. Free. 416-394-1008.
THE EDITORS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA presents Notes and Bibliographies, a practical seminar which will help you gain confidence in creating or editing references of all kinds. Oakham House (63 Gould Street, Room A/B). 1–4:30 p.m. $70 for members/$90 for non-members. Call 416-975-5528 or visit to register.
Wednesday, November 28
TADDLE CREEK celebrates their tenth anniversary with the release of the Christmas 2007 Issue. Readings will be performed by Gary Barwin, Chris Chambers, Dani Couture, Patrick Rawley, and David Whitton, with music by the Eradicators. There will also be door prizes, and maybe cake. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
EAST END WRITERS’ GROUP presents a reading by Nate Hendley. He will answer questions on the writing business and will have copies of his book, Motivation for Non-Fiction Writers, available for purchase. After the break, the regular read and critique of manuscripts will take place. St. Clair Avenue East and O’Connor Drive. 7–10 p.m. Free. [email protected]
READING: Join author Max Wex for a reading at the Bayview Branch. An event presented by the Canada Council Heritage Series. Bayview Branch, Toronto Public Library, Bayview Village Shopping Mall (2901 Bayview Avenue). 6:30 p.m. Free. 416-395-5460.
LITERARY CAFÉ invites you to spend the lunch hour with Globe and Mail columnists Jan Wong and Christie Blatchford who will tell personal stories from their travels. Bring your lunch or buy one for $5. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). 12:30 p.m. Free.
READING: Canada Council Heritage Series presents Noah Richler at Runnymede Branch. Runnymede Branch, Toronto Public Library (2178 Bloor Street West). 7 p.m. Free. 416-393-7697.
Thursday, November 29
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES presents Shyam Selvadurai for a reading at Brookbanks Branch. Brookbanks Branch, Toronto Public Library (210 Brookbanks Drive). 7 p.m. Free. 416-395-5480.
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES presents Max Wex at Barbara Frum Branch. Barbara Frum Branch, Toronto Public Library (20 Covington Road). 6 p.m. Free. 416-395-5440.
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES presents Anosh Irani for a reading. Albion Branch, Toronto Public Library (1515 Albion Road). 7 p.m. Free. 416-394-5170.
CANADA COUNCIL HERITAGE SERIES presents Kim Moritsugu at Elmbrook Park Branch. Elmbrook Park Branch, Toronto Public Library (2 Elmbrook Crescent). 7 p.m. Free. 416-394-5290.
RAWI HAGE reads from the acclaimed collection De Niro’s Game, and answers questions. An event presented by Canadian Writers In Person. York University (4700 Keele Street, Room. 206, Accolade West Building). 7 p.m. Free and open to all.
DEMENTIA 5 MULTIMEDIA SERIES presents spoken word (by Vancouver’s Patrick Swan), an indie film (TBA), free candy, and a rockin’ after-party. Dominion Pub (500 Queen Street East). 8 p.m. $5. 416-312-3865.
HOT-SAUCED WORDS presents Jacob Scheier who will read from his debut collection of poetry More To Keep Us Warm. Rails and Ales Billiards Lounge (752 Danforth Avenue). 8 p.m.
NAPOLEON AND COMPANY announce its new literary imprint, Darkstar Fiction, an edgier line of fiction geared toward the younger, urban adult. Please help us celebrate our new imprint and the launch of the first title in the collection, Short Candles by Rita Donovan. Also meet up and coming author Laurie Channer whose title Godblog will be released by Darkstar in 2008. Light refreshments will be served. Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street). 6:30 p.m. 416.730.9052
Friday, November 30
I.V. LOUNGE READING SERIES presents Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything), Ruth R Pierson (Aide-Memoire), and Nadine McInnis (Two Hemispheres). 326 Dundas Street West (across from the AGO). 8 p.m. Free.
Sunday, December 2
READING: Elspeth Cameron, author of And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle (Cormorant Books), will be reading and signing copies of her new book from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nicholas Hoare Books (45 Front Street East). 12:00 p.m.
Monday, December 3
ANNUAL TSAR BOOK LAUNCH: TSAR Publications is celebrating the launch of their 2007 titles, featuring Rozena Maart, H. Nigel Thomas, Irene Marques, and the Masala Trois. Cash bar and free snacks. Book sales and signing. Readings start at 7:30. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4
ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents Tomy Bewick, Nadine McInnis, and Ruth Roach Pierson. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents Sam McKegney in celebration of the launch of his groundbreaking book, Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community After Residential Schools, by conducting a lively on-stage interview with renowned Ojibway author Basil Johnston about how residential school experiences informed Johnston’s works. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. (Doors at 7 p.m.). Free.
BOOK LAUNCH: Let That Bad Air Out by Stefan Berg. David Mirvish Books (596 Markham Street). 6 p.m.