Book Events, January 17-23

Toronto Events

  • Indigo Exclusive: Melissa de la Cruz. January 20 at 1pm. Join bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz for a special talk and Q&A as she signs The Gates of Paradise, the final novel in the epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series. Indigo Yorkdale.
  • A Reading of Zhush Redux: an OUTwrites Anthology. January 20 at 2pm. Readings and performances of pieces from OUTwrites’ anthology, Zhush Redux. Features special guests Brian Francis, Vivek Shraya and Matthew J. Trafford. Glad Day Bookshop, 3rd Floor. Pay what you can.
  • Descant’s “A Winter’s Guide to Melancholia” Launch. January 23 at 6:30pm. Descant’s winter issue launch features readings by Descant contributors and great raffle prizes. Touching upon sadness and grief through themes such as lust, youth and domesticity, A Winter’s Guide to Melancholia is a cathartic experience perfect for the dreary winter months. No One Writers to the Colonel. Free Admission.
  • In Person: Michael and Jeffrey Eisen. January 23 at 7pm. Join father and son team Michael and Jeffrey Eisen as they talk about how parents and kids can work together for a more positive, empowered life and sign their engaging new book, EmPOWERed YOUth. Indigo Manulife Centre.
Vancouver Events
  • 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.
  • Push: Human Library. January 18 at 12pm-4pm. Borrow a book, discover a person. Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and grunt gallery, January 18-20, 25-27 + Feb 1-3, 2013 12:00PM – 4:00PM. Enter the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and head up to the third floor where a special PuSh Festival circulation desk will register you with your own Human Library card and offer to lend you one of thirty possible human books. In choosing from titles like “Drag Queen,” “Occupy Activist,” and “Refugee” you’ll sign one out and be connected to the person behind that title. A one-on-one informal conversation will begin and the rest is up to you.
  • In Person: Ali Zentner, M.D. January 19 at 2pm. Meet obesity specialist Dr. Ali Zentner as she signs her new book, The Weight-loss Prescription, and shares a revolutionary plan to customize your diet and conquer the weight-loss battle. Chapters Granville.
  • Robert Duncan book launch. January 19 at 8pm. To mark and celebrate the publication by the University of California Press of The Collected Early Poems and Plays of Robert Duncan, several Vancouver writers and friends of the poet will read from the book, edited by Peter Quartermain. There will be light snacks and drinks, and copies of the book will be on sale. People’s Co-Op Bookstore.
  • I’m In You, You’re In Me. January 19 at 1pm. I’m In You, You’re In Me – A Kootenay School of Writing series of poets presenting poems / antipoems / language. Spoken; visually projected. Each poet will read one short text, followed with open discussion. All welcome. Kootenay School of Writing.
  • Murder in the Museum. January 20 at 1pm. Miriam Clavir launches her new murder mystery, Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum, set in an anthropological museum. Free with museum admission. UBC Museum of Anthology.
  • Linda Svendsen and Rhea Tregebov. January 22 at 7pm. Join authors Linda Svendsen and Rhea Tregebov as they read from their recent works. Linda Svendsen reads from her satirical novel Sussex Drive. Rhea Tregebov reads from her new poetry collection All Souls’. VPL-Central Library, level 3.
  • Megaphone Writing Workshop. January 23 at 1pm. Megaphone Magazine presents a drop-in creative writing workshop for individuals with lives experience of homelessness and/or poverty. No previous writing experience necessary. Britannia Library, Gallery Room. Free.

Winnipeg Events

  • Eric Sigurdson — Book Launch. January 23 at 7pm. Launch of Baba’s Red Talking Chair (Bumble Bee Children’s Books). Grant Park in the Atrium.


Halifax Events

  • No literary events this week.
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