Photo of Emily Schultz from her website.
The 21st annual Trillium Book Award shortlist was announced last Friday morning. The six English-language finalists include Barbara Gowdy’s Helpless, Gil Adamson’s The Outlander, Robert Hough’s The Culprits, and Dennis Lee’s Yesno. Local indie poet (and Torontoist fave) Emily Schultz is up for the $10,000 English language poetry prize for her collection Songs for the Dancing Chicken. All the nominees will come together for a free public reading June 11 at Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room. Winners will be announced June 12.
If you’d like to congratulate Schultz for her prestigious nomination in person, you can swing by the Tranzac on Thursday and see her read as part of the I.V. Lounge Nights book launch, presented by Tightrope Books (Full disclosure: I am also in the anthology). The anthology, which features some of the best readers from the I.V. Lounge Reading Series from the past five years, will be launched with a lineup of thirteen readers and the music of DJ Ashley Olsen. The free event kicks off at 7:00 p.m.
As Torontoist predicted, author John Degen seems to have started a trend in giving readers something for nothing. In an act of marketing genius, Anansi decided to give Pasha Malla’s newly released short story collection, The Withdrawal Method, away as a free download for a limited time last week. If you missed the freebie don’t fret—you can catch Malla and guests for free on Wednesday at the Gladstone as part of the This Is Not A Reading Series launch of the much-anticipated collection. Globe and Mail critic, editor and author Carl Wilson will be there, along with contributors to the series “Grownups Reading Things They Wrote as Kids.” Stay late for the dance party to follow.
Finally, if you happen to have five hundred bucks kicking around that you’d like to donate to the World Literacy of Canada India Program, you can have an intimate dinner and conversation with Salman Rushdie on June 10. You’ll have to RSVP by May 30 to reserve your seat. If that seems a little steep and you can handle a crowd, you also have a chance to see Rushdie read the evening before at Danforth Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now and are a more tolerable $15 to $25.
Full listings after the fold.
Toronto Literary Listings: May 27–June 4
Tuesday, May 27
This Is Not A Reading Series presents Barbara Kingsolver. MacMillan Theatre, Faculty Of Music, Edward Johnson Building (80 Queen’s Park). 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets $10 at Pages Books & Magazines (256 Queen Street West).
The Free Speech Reading Series presents Jordan Scott. Tinto (89 Roncesvalles Avenue). 7:30. Free.
Wednesday, May 28
The Toronto Public Library presents Jan Rehner, author of On Pain of Death (Sumach Press, 2007). Bayview Community Branch, Bayview Village Shopping Centre (2901 Bayview Avenue). 7:00 p.m. Free.
This Is Not A Reading Series presents Pasha Malla. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West). 7:30 p.m. Free.
Thursday, May 29.
Tightrope Books presents the launch of IV Lounge Nights, featuring readings by Catherine Graham, Michael Bryson, Shaun Smith, and Emily Schultz, and music by DJ Ashley Olsen. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue) 7 p.m. Free.
The BookThug Spring Launch featuring poetry by Kate Eichhorn (Fond) and Meredith Quartermain (Matter). Cervejaria (842 College Street). 7:30 p.m. Free.
Sunday, June 1
The Music Gallery and zoilus.com present Concrete Toronto Music. Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road). 2:00 p.m. Free with admission to OSC or $20 regular/$15 member. School bus ride from Music Gallery (meet at 12:45 p.m.).
Tuesday, June 3
Type Books presents Glen Dresser (Correction Road, Oberon Press) and Theanna Bischoff (Cleavage, NeWest Press). Type Books (883 Queen Street West). 6:30 p.m. Free.