Photo by Stig Nygaard.
The Art Bar returns tonight with its annual Audience Appreciation Night with readings by the Art Bards, live music, and free poetry chapbooks for all audience members by the Art Bar Team.
Also returning for the new year is This Is Not A Reading Series. For the first event of the year, join Carl Wilson and Mark Kingwell for an on-stage discussion where they will be talking about love and stuff, followed by performances from Final Fantasy, Laura Barrett, and The Blankett; an excerpt from the one-woman show, Celine Speaks! by Laura Landauer; and DJ sets by Brian Joseph Davis.
Lastly, if you haven’t already, you can join the rest of city in reading local Torontoist Hero Michael Redhill’s Consolation—winner of the 2007 Toronto Book Award and nominated for the Man Booker Prize. As part of the One Book program, from now through February, Torontonians are invited to read Redhill’s book, which will then be followed by events throughout the city to discuss the book, its themes, issues, and everything else. Reserve your copy now.
Full listing details after the fold.
Toronto Literary Listings: January 8–16
Tuesday, January 8
AUDIENCE APPRECIATION NIGHT: THE ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents readings by the Art Bards: Valentino Assenza, Heather Cadsby, Rudy Fearon, Colleen Flood, Cynthia Gould, Alison Hancock, Stephen Humphrey, Francine Lewis, Myna Wallin. There will be live music with gypsy-jazz trio, Red Rhythm. Each audience member will receive a chapbook of poetry by the Art Bar team. No hat will be passed.
Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, January 9
BOOK LAUNCH: THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES launches Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End Of Taste. Author Carl Wilson will have an on-stage discussion with Mark Kingwell. Performances by Final Fantasy, Laura Barrett, and The Blankett, an excerpt from the one-woman show “Celine Speaks!” by Laura Landauer, and DJ sets by Brian Joseph Davis. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. (Doors at 7 p.m.). Free.
Thursday, January 10
READING: YORK UNIVERSITY’S CANADIAN WRITER’S IN PERSON LECTURE SERIES presents Steven Heighton who will read from Afterlands. York University, Accolade West Building, Room 206. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Stephen Cain at [email protected] or at 416-736-2100 ext. 44017.
Friday, January 11
READING: THE IV LOUNGE READING SERIES presents Stan Rogal, Irene Marques, and Thea Lim. IV Lounge (326 Dundas Steet West). 8 p.m. Free.
Monday, January 14
READING: U OF T BOOKSTORE READING SERIES presents Christie Blatchford and Kevin Patterson. Christie Blatchford (Fifteen Days) and Kevin Patterson (Outside the Wire) will discuss Canadian accounts of war from their new books. Hart House Library (7 Hart House Circle). 7:30 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, January 15
READING: THE ART BAR POETRY SERIES presents by Mark Truscott, Kate Leadbeater, and Lillian Necakov. Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West). 8:00 p.m. Pass the hat.