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.
Tomorrow the 3 Day Novel Contest comes to Toronto for a visit. Born in Vancouver, this literary institution has been a torturous rite-of-passage for brave writers every Labour Day weekend since 1977. Hundreds of writers from around the world now compete for the coveted top prize of publication. Celebrate the latest 3 Day Novel Contest victor, John Kupferschmidt, as he reads from his winning entry In the Garden of Men. Kupferschmidt and the 3 Day team will also answer questions on how to survive this notorious literary challenge. Things kick off at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Rivoli.
Also on Wednesday, The Beguiling presents the official launch party for The Apocalipstix by Toronto’s Ray Fawkes and Cameron Stewart. This much-talked-about graphic novel about a post-apocalyptic girl band has already got fans more than a little excited. Come and celebrate the buzz around book’s release with the authors themselves while enjoying live music, door prizes, and more. The event is free and open to all ages. It all happens at Revival Bar at 8 p.m.
In other comic news, Lynn Johnston, the award-winning Canadian cartoonist behind the long-running strip For Better or For Worse, will be the guest of honour at this year’s Doug Wright Awards, handed out at The Toronto Reference Library this Friday. Prizes include Best Book, Best Emerging Talent, and the all-new “Pigskin Peters” award for non-narrative cartooning. Among the nominees for the latter is local Emily Holton, whose book Little Lessons in Safety was called “nimble, deceptively simple, and heartfelt” by poet and novelist Emily Schultz. Torontoist would argue that it’s impossible not to love a book that features drawings of Karl Lagerfeld accompanied by captions like “Karl Lagerfeld can always tell when I’m lying” and “Karl Lagerfeld said that death is just a part of life, and nothing to be afraid of.” The awards ceremony features the best and brightest in cartooning, and is not to be missed. It all happens at 7 p.m.
The Literati will be taking a few weeks off, but will be back on August 25 with more local literary news and events.
Image from The Apocolipstix website.