Every Tuesday afternoon, Torontoist rounds up the city’s literary news, including book deals, events, local sales, author happenings, and insider information from the book industry.
The brilliantly self-deprecating humourist David Sedaris is coming to Canada to promote the release of what has been descibed as an older and wiser essay collection, When You Are Engulfed in Flames. The Toronto events on his Canadian mini-tour happen Thursday and Friday at the Manulife Centre Indigo and Ben McNally Books respectively, where Sedaris will be signing books. The Indigo event on Thursday starts at 7:00 p.m., while the Ben McNally event on Friday starts at 8:00 p.m. Torontoist suggests you get there early because there’s sure to be a crowd for this one.
Continuing his interest in the life of Terry Fox, Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland recently helped find the original van Fox used on the Marathon of Hope, and with the help of some donated funds and Ford of Canada, restored it to its former glory. The renewed vehicle is now being driven across the country to raise funds for cancer research, and from July 9 to 12 it will make various stops around Toronto, including Mel Lastman Square, Nathan Phillips Square, the Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game, and Ontario Place (strangely, most of the events involve food in some way, but Torontoist certainly isn’t complaining). Check the Tour of Hope website for an interactive map of the van’s local travels.
If that isn’t already enough, there’s a ridiculous amount of literary happenings about town this week, including the beloved Box Salon at the Rivoli on Wednesday evening (full disclosure: featuring yours truly), Tightrope Books’ launch of three new titles on Thursday at the Trane Studio, and of course, a whole whack of Scream events as the festival continues until July 14. Torontist’s Scream pick for this week? Obviously the grand finale of next Monday’s Scream in High Park, featuring the talents of Dani Couture, Claudia Dey, Mariko Tamaki, and Carl Wilson, to name only a few. The readings happen on the Dream in High Park Stage, start at 7:00 p.m., and are pay-what-you-can.
Detail of the cover of David Sedaris’s When You are Engulfed in Flames, courtesy of H.B. Fenn and Company Ltd.