LitTO: May 20–28
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LitTO: May 20–28

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Photo detail of Shary Boyle’s Ouroboros, courtesy of Conundrum Press.
This week artist Shary Boyle will be making an appearance at David Mirvish Books to promote her recent Conundrum Press release, Otherworld Uprising. The book, which features full-colour reproductions of Boyle’s recent series of porcelain figurines, also includes a fiction contribution from Toronto’s Sheila Heti (who has been getting some stateside press recently for collecting the presidential dreams of Americans). Boyle will be signing books on Sunday at David Mirvish Books from 2 to 4 p.m.
Writer, reviewer, poet, and novelist John Degen is pulling a Radiohead. The PWAC Executive Director has posted a PDF of his Amazon First Novel Award-nominated book The Uninvited Guest on his website for free download. Says Degen on his site, “This download is free, but it cost me time and money to write the novel… become an arts patron by sending a donation in the amount of your choosing.” His decision to hand out his book for free to willing downloaders was announced in a controversial Globe and Mail opinion piece in which he declares the copyright wars over. Torontoist can’t help but wonder if this marks the start of a change in the (financial) relationship between writers and their readers.
Don’t forget that Doors Open Toronto is also happening this weekend—you can stop by Coach House Books on bpNichol Lane to check out their linotype machine and bindery equipment. You can also get some great deals on books. Coach House is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Full listings after the fold.

Toronto Literary Listings: May 20–28

Tuesday, May 20

This Is Not A Reading Series
presents Taras Grescoe in conversation with Jian Ghomeshi. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Free.
The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Catherine Graham, Fraser Sutherland, and Tanis MacDonald. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West). 8 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, May 21
Nicholas Hoare and Biblioasis are pleased to present an evening with Charles Foran and Stephen Henighan. Nicholas Hoare (45 Front Street East). 6 p.m. Free.
Insomniac Press Punchy Writers Spring Poetry Launch. Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub (141 Danforth Ave). 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 24
Doors Open Toronto presents a look at Coach House Books. Coach House Books (80 bpNichol Lane). 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.
Sunday, May 25
Doors Open Toronto presents a look at Coach House Books. Coach House Books (80 bpNichol Lane). 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.
David Mirvish Books presents Shary Boyle signing her latest book, Otherworld Uprising. David Mirvish Books (596 Markham Street). 2:00 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, May 28
This Is Not A Reading Series presents Pasha Malla. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Free.

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