Books Events, December 6-12

Toronto Events

  • Toronto Poetry Slam. December 9 at 8pm. Join Toronto Poetry Slam for a spoken word competition and a performance by White Noise Machine. The Drake Underground. $5 Admission.
  • Brick 90 Launch. December 10 at 7:30pm. Come join us as Brick launches its 9t0th issue. Eleanor Wachtel is hosting, and we’ll have a swell lineup of contributors from the issue. The Mascot. Admission Free (with purchase of issue) or $5.

Vancouver Events

  • Librarians’ Choice: Winter Reads. December 6 at 7 pm. Burnaby librarians present fast-paced reviews of fiction and non-fiction books for winter reading. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Burnaby Public Library McGill Branch. Free Admission.
  • A 90th Birthday Party for Grace Paley. Dec. 7 at 7pm. Night Gears poet Bren Simmers, Arousal: Bodies & Pleasures author Martha Roth, and writer and reproductive-rights activist Judith Arcana read from their work and Paley’s to celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday. Rhizome Café.
  • Poetry Reading and Fundraiser – Taryn Hubbard, Cassandra Metclafe, and Joshua Grant. December 8 at 7 pm. Come see us read, and help us get to Boston! Vancouver-area poets Taryn Hubbard, Cassandra Metcalfe, and Joshua Grant will be reading original poetry. People’s Co-op Bookstore.
  • Room 35th anniversary party. December 9 at 3pm. Room, Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women will host an afternoon of reading and artwork in celebration of the magazine’s 35th anniversary. Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. $5 Admission.
  • No Strings Attached. December 10 at 7pm. No Strings Attached is a poetry reading by fourth year students in SFU creative writing, presented by Stephen Collis. Nine excellent poets will read from their work (and newly minted chapbooks). Come have a drink, and have a listen. The future is here, and it sounds pretty damn interesting. People’s Co-op Bookstore.
  • East Van Pubs Party. December 11 5-9 pm. East Van publishing houses Anvil Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, New Star Books, and Talonbooks present a festive holiday gathering full of snacks, drinks, dancing, and cheer. Pat’s Pub.

Winnipeg Events

  • Laird Rankin, Book Launch. December 6 at 7 pm. Launch of Open for Business (Asper School of Business/University of Manitoba).  Laird Rankin, a graduate himself, was commissioned by the Asper School of Business to write an accessible history of its first seventy-five years. Grant Park in the Atrium.
  • Bruce Batt, Book Launch. December 6 at 7:30. Launch of The Marsh Keepers Journey (Ducks Unlimited Canada). Amid the vast landscapes and full skies that make Canada famous, there is a fascinating story of wetland conservation at work. It’s the story of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) – and it’s been 75 historic years in the making. Grant Park in the Travel Alcove.
  • Sean Grassie, Book Signing. December 8 at 2:00 pm. Signing Kings of the Rings: 125 Years of the World’s Biggest Bonspiel (Great Plains Publications). Thousands of curlers can say they’ve played in the world’s largest bonspiel in Winnipeg. For some, it’s been a step on the road to Brier glory. Grant Park b the Cash Desk.
  • Dora Dueck, Book Signing. December 9 at 2pm. Signing What You Get at Home (Turnstone Press). Full of longing and melancholy, the stories in What You Get at Home find comfort and understanding in the unlikeliest of places. Grant Park by the Cash Desk.

Halifax Events

  • Book Signing with Carolyn Hockley in Wolfville. December 8 at 1pm. Carolyn Hockley signs copies of her new YA novel, Arazi Crossing. Box of Delights.
  • In Person: Cindy Day. December 8 at 11:30am. On Cindy Day’s grandmother’s farm, the weather was not predicted with a computer or official forecast, but by accumulated wisdom and careful observation. Meet CTV meteorologist, Cindy Day as she signs Grandma Says, a charming collection of 80 weather-related sayings that Cindy recalls from her grandmother and insight into the science behind this traditional weather lore. Coles County Fair Mall, New Minas, NS.

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