WORDS: Zoocheck Canada founder Rob Laidlaw wants your kids to be as jaded as possible from an early age. To implement this idea, he’s releasing Wild Animals in Captivity, a new non-fiction kids book that examines animal life in decidedly un-Disney-like settings. Laidlaw will be speaking to elementary students this morning at the Yorkdale Indigo (3401 Dufferin Street, 10 a.m., FREE). Later tonight, he’s giving a lecture at the George Ignatieff Theatre called “The Bond Between Us: Reflections on the Human-Animal Relationship.” Polar bear expert Else Poulsen and author Elizabeth Abbott will also be speaking at the event. All proceeds and book sales will go towards Zoocheck Canada. George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place), 7 p.m., $8.
WORDS: There are a few other book-related events this evening. Key Porter Books is throwing a launch party at Type Books for Louisa McCormack‘s new novel, The Catch. McCormack will be speaking with National Post style columnist (and former Torontoist contributor) Nathalie Atkinson on fashion and single living. (883 Queen Street West, 6 p.m., FREE). As well, there will be a release party for poet Adam Sol‘s new politically-charged work, Jeremiah, Ohio, which follows everyman Bruce and the Biblical prophet Jeremiah on a road trip through the United States. Sol’s launch is part of Pages‘ This Is Not A Reading Series. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: Gallery 1313 is holding a panel discussion tonight called “The Importance and Influence of Art Fairs.” Speaking at the event are Peak Gallery‘s Zack Pospieszynski, Angell Gallery‘s Jamie Angell, and PM Gallery‘s Powell. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
POLITICS: The City of Toronto is developing a new bylaw for the regulation of billboards in the city. The City of Toronto Sign By-law Project Team is holding two discussions this week in order to receive guidance from the public on the matter. The team will be examining whether or not Toronto should have fewer billboards, whether certain signs should be prohibited, and what sort of powers the City should have in order to enforce these sorts of things. If you can’t make tonight’s session at the Scarborough Civic Centre, the second discussion will happen tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Toronto City Hall. Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive), 7 p.m., FREE.
Photo by Rob Laidlaw from Wild Animals in Captivity.