The Literati: Country Music, Vampires, and Haute Couture, Oh My!
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The Literati: Country Music, Vampires, and Haute Couture, Oh My!

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.
20080930mccormack.JPGOn Thursday evening Derek McCormack will launch his latest, The Show that Smells (ECW Press), at Trash Palace (89B Niagara Street). Only a few pages into this sprint-paced novella, it’s immediately apparent that McCormack has created something innovative, entertaining, and quite possibly (dare we say it) ground-breaking. With its biting beats of refined prose and inventive storyline, it would certainly be easy to label this release as one of the best books of the year. To sum it up as a vampire story is to belittle its complexity—it’s a pleasurable mash-up of high experimental literature and low Hollywood pulp, packed with the kind of crooked humour, wit, and style that invites readers in rather than confusing and excluding them. Beyond that, the book is a hell of a lot of fun. The Show that Smells is a showcase for an innovative writer who has perfected his technique, and there is no denying that McCormack is an extraordinary talent (and that Torontoist certainly isn’t alone in thinking so). The launch for The Show That Smells kicks off at 7 p.m. and features guest performances by Andrew Shaver and Mathew Barber. You can read an early excerpt, originally published in Taddle Creek‘s Christmas 2007 issue, on their website.
Two local reading series have some big name talent lined up this week. On Tuesday, Clinton’s hosts the Art Bar Poetry Series, featuring RM Vaughan reading from his latest collection Troubled. The Rower’s Pub Reading Series at Harbord House on Wednesday night managed to snag literary legend Dennis Lee (Yesno) and current Toronto Public Library Writer in Residence, Karen Connelly (The Lizard Cage).
Don’t forget to get your rest this week—lovers of written word will want to be out at Nuit Blanche on Saturday night to catch the action. Watch this week for Torontoist’s preview of the city-wide event, including some literary picks.
Photo of Derek McCormack courtesy of ECW Press.