- In Person: Bryce Wylde. January 10 at 7pm. Join Bryce Wylde – renowned natural health care practitioner and the bestselling author of The Antioxidant Prescription – as he talks about how to assess the state of your health and achieve your fullest potential with his new book, Wylde on Health. Indigo Manulife Centre.
- Toronto Poetry Slam Featuring Abdominal + The Obliques. January 12 at 8pm. Join Toronto Poetry Slam for its twice-monthly spoken word competition, featuring a special set from Abdominal + the Obliques. Drake Hotel Underground. Admission $5.
- The Art & Craft of Short Fiction Writing Workshop. January 13 at 6:45pm Join fellow writers at the Miles Nadal JCC for The Art & Craft of Short Fiction, facilitated by award-winning poet, writer and creative writing coach, Benjamin Hackman. Miles Nadal JCC. The course will run Sunday evenings from 6:45-8:45p.m. From January 13-March 24. Cost of course $235.
- Blaine Harden in discussion with Brian Stewart. January 14 at 7pm. Journalist Blaine Harden discusses his new book, Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, with journalist Brian Stewart. Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.
- In Person: JJ Virgin. January 14 at 7pm. Meet nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin as she signs her bestselling book, The Virgin Diet, and shares the ground-breaking program that reveals the real secret behind weight gain: inflammation and food intolerance. Indigo Manulife Centre.
- Writers’ Trust Author Series Afternoon Book Club with Linda Spalding. January 16 at 1:30pm. Come out and hear the story behind the story at the Writers’ Trust of Canada inaugral Author Series Afternoon Book Club, featuring Governor General’s Literary Award winner Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase. The Women’s Art Association of Canada. Admission, donation $25.
- Workshop: Writing Creatively About Grief. January 16 at 6:30pm. This workshop (via Ryerson University’s Continuing Education Program) is taught by award winning poet and journalist, Jacob Scheier. Students will learn techniques, methods and devices for writing evocative creative non-fiction (e.g., memoir, personal essay) and poetry on loss and grief through the reading and writing of non-fiction and poetry.Ryerson University. Course funs from January 16-March 27. The course costs $408
- Pivot Reading Series Featuring Couture, Matuk, Pool, Solie. January 16 at 8pm. The Pivot Reading Series is back in 2013 with an all-poetry event featuring some of the city’s finest poets: Dani Couture, Nyla Matuk, Sandy Pool and Karen Solie. The evening is hosted by poet Jacob McArthur Mooney. The Press Club. Admission $5 donation.
- Extract: The Pipeline Wars launch party. January 12 at 6:30pm. This is not just about a pipeline. This is about democracy itself. Get your momentum going at the first big bash of 2013. Two days before the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel hearings begin in Vancouver, gear up for one of the most pivotal moments in Vancouver’s recent history. Ceili’s Irish Pub and Bar. $9.99 to purchase your ebook at door, or bring a printed copy — and become automatically entered in the raffle.
- Dead Poets Reading Series. January 13 at 3pm. Five presenters get fifteen minutes each to introduce one of their favourite dead poets and read a selection of that poet’s work. Project Space. Admission by donation.
- Lunch poems: Daniel Zomparelli and Elizabeth Bachinsky. January 16 at 12pm. Lunch poems @SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month in the noon to 1 pm. SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery.
- Incite: VIWF Reading Series. January 16 at 7:30pm. A night of award winners! Tamas Dobozy reads from Siege 13, winner of the Rogers Writers Trust Award for Fiction, Candace Savage reads from A Geography of Blood, winner of the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction and Tim Bowling reads from The Tinsmith, shortlisted for the Rogers Writers Trust Award for Fiction. Alice MacKay Room, Central Library. Admission is free.
- In Person: Bryce Wylde. January 17 at 7pm. Join Bryce Wylde – renowned natural health care practitioner and the bestselling author of The Antioxidant Prescription – as he talks about how to assess the state of your health and achieve your fullest potential with his new book, Wylde on Health. Chapters Granville.
- Kathleen Francis — Speaking & Signing. January 10 at 7:00 pm. Speaking & Signing Conversations with Monuments in Winnipeg (Kindred Productions). Grant Park in the Atrium.
- Dr. Ali Zentner — Speaking & Signing. January 13 at 3pm. Speaking & Signing The Weight-Loss Prescription: A Doctor’s Plan for Permanent Weight Reduction and Better Health for Life (Penguin Group Canada). Grant Park in the Travel Alcove.
- Gail Vaz-Oxlade — Speaking & Signing. January 16 at 7pm. Speaking & Signing Money Rules: Rule Your Money or Your Money will Rule You (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd). Grant Park in the Atrium.
- Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) and Dartmouth Players present Meet the Playwright Series. Featuring a staged reading of Catherine Banks’ Three Storey, Ocean View directed by PARC president Ann-Marie Kerr and including a talk-back with the two-time Governor General’s Award-winning playwright, the evening supports the work of PARC in developing and promoting Atlantic Canadian playwrights by bringing member playwrights and their plays into community theatres. Dartmouth Players Theatre. Admission $10.
- In Person: Kevin O’Leary. January 14 at 7pm. Join Kevin O’Leary – star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den and ABC’s Shark Tank and one of Canada’s most successful business entrepreneurs – as he signs The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women & Money and shares candid advice on how to make – and keep – more money. Chapters Halifax.
- Author Talk and Signing with Zander Sherman. January 14 at 7pm. Paul W. Bennett moderates a talk with Zander Sherman, author of The Curiosity of School. The talk will be followed by a book signing. McNally Hall, Saint Mary’s University. Admission is free, seating is limited.