Book Events, December 13-19

Toronto Events

  • Toronto Wordstage: Featuring Misha Bower, Barry Olshen, Tim Conley, and Hoa Nguyen. December 13 at 7:30pm. Toronto WordStage is a reading series dedicated to showcasing new and established talent in prose, poetry and drama. Q Space. Free Admission.
  • Poetic Justice Poetry readings. December 13 at 8:30 pm. Saviari Lounge. Free Admission.
  •  In Person: Gerry Dee. December 13 at 12:30pm. Meet Gerry Dee, award-winning Canadian comic and star of CBC’s Mr. D, as he signs the honest and hilarious collection of anecdotes from his time in public school, Teaching: It’s Harder Than It Looks. The perfect gift for any teacher, parent or educator. Indigospirit First Canadian Place.
  • Jonathan Douglas Whitley Launch for Gin Bottles & Waffle House Romance. December 16 at 7 pm. Free. Magpie. Free Admission.
  • Write Club Toronto. December 18 at 8pm.  Chapter Three Writers Andrew Kaufman, Bob Kerr, Spencer Gordon and others battle it out on stage. Garrison. Admission $10.
  • In Person: Rick Mercer. December 19 at 12:30pm. Meet Canadian television personality Rick Mercer as he signs A Nation Worth Ranting About, the all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three previously unpublished pieces. Indigospirit First Canadian Place.
  • A book launch for City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists. December 19 at 7pm. City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists is an anthology of monologues by Toronto writers that represents the diversity of voices that populate our dynamic city. Join us as we launch this book in style! Co-edited by Jenna Harris, Anila Pant and Ronit Rubinstein. Writers include: Jordan Tannahill, Jason Maghanoy, Jessica Moss, Marcia Johnson, Kat Sandler and Kate Hewlett among others. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Free.
Vancouver Events
  • Jan Zwicky launch. December 13 at 7pm. Vancouver launch of Jan Zwicky’s The Book of Frog. Our Town Cafe.
  • Robson Reading Series. December 13 at 7pm. Robson Reading Series features: Nyla Matuk (Sumptuary Laws), Matthew Tierney (Probably Inevitable) and Alix Ohlin (Inside). UBC Bookstore at Robson Square.
  • Surviving Samsara. December 14 at 8pm. Surviving Samsara  is a spoken word performance recounting the author Kagan Goh’s struggles with manic depression as he tries to survive the highs of mania and the lows of depression, tossed up and down upon the restless seas of Samsara. Kagan’s deeply personal stories illustrate his transformation from victim to survivor to activist. The Prophouse Cafe.
  • Poetic Justice reading series. December 16 at 3pm. Poetic Justice reading series takes place every Sunday except holiday weekends and the month of December). Come early & sign up for Open Mic. Heritage Grill.
  • Vancouver Poetry Slam. December 17 at 8pm. A poetry slam competition with frequent guest performers, the Vancouver Poetry Slam has been wowing audiences since 1996. Cafe Deux Soleils.Tickets are generally $5, but may range from $6 – $10.
  • Lunch Poems: Garry Thomas Morse. December 19 at 12pm. December’s ‘Lunch Poems’ will feature Garry Thomas Morse. Lunch poems @sfu is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month. SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery.

Winnipeg Events

  • Chadwick Ginther, Book Signing. December 15 at 2:00 pm. Signing Thunder Road (Ravenstone Books).Grant Park by the Cash.
  • Karen Dudley — Book Signing. December 16 at 2:00pm. Signing Food for the Gods (Ravenstone Books).By turns whimsical, thrilling, hilarious and touching, Karen Dudley’s ingeniously original Food for the Gods and its sequel, Kraken Bake (forthcoming in 2014). Grant Park by the Cash Desk.

Halifax Events

  • In Person: Cindy Day. December 15 at 12pm. 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 Truro Mall.
  • Book Signing with Jayne Peters. December 15 at 10am. Jayne Peters signs copies of her children’s picture book, Messy Jessy at the Colchester Regional Library, Elmsdale Branch.
If you know of any book or publishing events happening in these four cities, please let us know and we’ll add them to our weekly events listing. Is there a city missing on this list? Let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate all Canadians. Email us at