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 big news this week is that the literary community’s beloved I.V. Lounge Reading Series is no more. Last Saturday series curator and host Alex Boyd announced on his blog that, due to the lounge closing for what could be a year-long renovation, the reading series is officially over. Acclaimed poet Paul Vermeersch (who also has a fond farewell to the series on his blog) started the series in 1998 before handing it over to Boyd in 2003, and for over a decade it has truly been a haven for lit lovers, showcasing an always impressive mix of fiction and poetry from established and emerging authors. Earlier this year the series celebrated its tenth birthday by putting out an anthology titled I.V. Lounge Nights (Tightrope Books), featuring works by some of the series’ many gifted guests. Said Boyd on his blog: “Let’s respond to this with warm and grateful hearts, folks. I’m saddened, but will keep my eyes open for another space to do this, if not the familiar one on Dundas. Thank you all for the support you’ve given the series over the years, I’ll miss the little oasis the series became for me.” Thank You, Alex Boyd, for consistently giving Toronto book-lovers the best literature has to offer. I.V. will certainly be missed.
In other reading series-related news, this year Pages’ This Is Not A Reading Series turns five, and to celebrate they’ve put together a community tribute to the driving force behind the store and the series: proprietor Marc Glassman. Next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom hosts “Five Roasts, Five Boasts and Five Toasts About Marc Glassman,” a celebration featuring local luminaries such as Alana Wilcox, Cameron Bailey, David Kent, Hal Niedzviecki, Judith Doyle, and Richard Crouse, each raising a glass to a vital force in the literary community. Billy Bryans will perform a live DJ set at this free event.
Poetic talent Dani Couture (Good Meat) has embarked on a fun and thoughtful new project called Animal Effigy, where she (and the occasional guest photographer) “tracks urban prey.” The concept is simple yet endlessly amusing—the site is Couture’s attempt to “document the unnatural world” via shots of the animal reproductions the city has to offer. Whether it’s the CN Tower’s Woodpecker, or Robarts’ Peacock, the site is an interesting commentary on our urban approach to the natural world. Says Couture: “While we have physically distanced ourselves from the flora and fauna that make up our Canadian psyche, our cities are populated with thousands of animal effigies. We’ve razed the earth, yet we repopulate it with animal effigies. It seems that we wish to bring nature—muted and defanged—back to us.”
Photo courtesy of Alex Boyd.