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 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival—the Toronto literary community’s annual out-of-town oasis—is celebrating its twentieth birthday this summer. This year’s festival, a mere forty-five minutes west of Toronto, starts this Friday and includes workshops, seminars, and the popular “festival day” on Sunday. Some of the big appearances this year include David McGimpsey, Shari Lapeña, Michael Ondaatje, Alistair MacLeod, Robert J. Sawyer, and Jane Urquhart. Book lovers can get a break from the city and spend their Sunday in the village, enjoying readings, music, food, and of course, books to buy.
As part of The Circus Comes to Town exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library, author and former circus owner Al Stencell will be revealing the fascinating ins and outs of circus and carnival side show life. Author of Girl Show: Into the Canvas World of Bump and Grind and Seeing Is Believing: America’s Side Shows, Stencell owned and operated his own circus for 19 years, collecting thousands of photos and illustrations of circuses, and interviewing hundreds of carnival people along the way. Stencell’s talk is on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library in the Beeton Auditorium.
Yesterday Pages Books & Magazines announced that This Is Not A Reading Series is expanding to include “TINARS For Tots,” a special new program for children ages two to eight. On one Saturday morning every month, parents can enjoy a tasty Gladstone brunch while watching their kids engage with local authors and illustrators, including stef lenk and Claudia Dey. Check out the Pages website for dates and details.
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