Today in Toronto: free events abound with the launch of David Namisato's comic book; a talk with Nazneen Sheikh about her memoir, Moon Over Marrakech; a staged reading and discussion of Kwame Stephens' Man 2 Man; and a full line-up of bands at the Horseshoe's Nu Music Nite.
LITERATURE: David Namisato published a much-loved online comic for five years called “Life After the B.O.E.,” all about wacky adventures in the Japan and Exchange Teaching programme. Namisato has now compiled all the comics into a book which will be celebrated at a launch party tonight. Goodfellas Gallery (1266 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., FREE (books for sale for $15).
LITERATURE: Toronto author Nazneen Sheikh is stopping by the Toronto Public Library today to talk about her memoir, Moon Over Marrakech. The memoir details her honeymoon trip to Marrakech—a city she fell in love with—where she meets a guide who she would reunite with years later. Deer Park Library (40 St. Clair Avenue East), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
READING: A Toronto show about racial and sexual prejudices will be hosting a staged reading and discussion tonight, in recognition of Black History Month. Kwame Stephens’ 2010 play Man 2 Man, is a love story about two men, named Damien and Emmanuel. Tonight’s readings will be performed by Frederick O’Neal, Mark P. Thomas, Canute Lawrence, and Julian Murillo and will be followed by a panel discussion with the actors and playwright. Arbor Room, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: It’s a packed line-up for Dave Bookman’s Nu Music Nite at the Horseshoe this evening. Check out the up-and-comers on the schedule, including the Marlboros, Will Currie & The Country French, Graham Wright & The Goodtimes, and Atom Division. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
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