Book Events, January 24-30

Toronto Events

  • Dragnet Issue Seven Release Party. January 24 at 8pm. Online literature magazine Dragnet is throwing a release party for Issue. At 9:00p.m., Issue Seven contributors Ben Ladouceur, AG Pasquella and Lizy Mostowski will be reading their work from this issue. At 10 p.m. DJ’s Math Rosen and Messy Elliot will spin tunes that will make you want to dance. The Ossington. $5 admission.
  • Launch Party for Edward Keenan’s Some Great Idea. January 24 at 8:30pm. Coach House Books invites you to celebrate the launch of Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto by Edward Keenan. The book is a must-read for municipal politics junkies, and anyone who’s interested in the city we live in. Come for the book launch, stick around for the dance party! Lee’s Palace.
  • Launch of J.B. Staniforth’s The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight. January 25 at 9pm. J. B. Staniforth will launch his book about the band The Deadly Snakes this Friday. The event features readings, live music, and guest appears TBA. The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight is the third book in Invisible Publishing’s Bibliophonic series. Free. Double Double Land.
  • Joint Book Launch! Gift Days and The Stamp Collector. January 25 at 6pm. Double the books, double the fun! Fitzhenry & Whiteside is pleased to invite guests to the joint launch of Gift Days by Kari-Lynn Winters and Stephen Taylor, and The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier and François Thisdale. Another Story Bookshop.
  • Book Launch for Christopher Ward’s Mac in the City of Light. January 26 at 6pm. Join us for the launch of Mac in the City of Light, the first YA offering from acclaimed songwriter Christopher Ward. Christopher will read from and sign the new novel, which is set in Paris. Type Books.
  • Impossible Words Reading Series: Susan Musgrave. January 26 at 1:30pm. The Impossible Words Reading series is back in 2013 with more fantastic Toronto-based authors. The first event of the year will feature poet Susan Musgrave, most recently the author of Given.The series pairs up young writers from the Toronto Street Writers, a weekly writing program, with established Canadian authors who represent the cultural, racial, religious, sexual, and intellectual diversity of our country. The Academy of the Impossible.
  • Book Launch for Joyce Grant’s Gabby. January 27 at 1:00pm. Fitzhenry & Whiteside is pleased to invite you to the launch of Gabby by Joyce Grant, illustrated by Jan Dolby. With fun, kid-friendly activities, an engaging reading, and a signing with both author and illustrator, there’s no better way to spend Family Literacy Day! Light refreshments will be provided. Free admission. Intergalactic Travel Authority (Story Planet).
  • Urban Wilderness Poetry Workshop. January 27 at 1pm. Nature poetry may not be what you think it is. It might be a reverent ode to a fox. But it might also be something altogether unexpected. Come hunt the wild woods in the heart of the city for poetic inspiration. Local poet Anita Lahey will introduce you to some great poems on the natural world by living Canadian poets. You’ll soak up the winter wonderland in High Park, explore some trails, and write some of your own verse.About the instructor: Anita Lahey is the author of Spinning Side Kick, Out to Dry in Cape Breton. She served as editor of Arc Poetry Magazine from 2004 to 2011, has led writing workshops in the National Gallery of Canada and in elementary and public schools. $10 cost per person, High Park Nature Centre.
Vancouver Events
  • Litany: Queer Writers Read. January 24 at 7pm. Litany is a quarterly reading series showcasing emerging and established queer writers in Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Each evening is a cozy, safer-space affair that celebrates the complexity of our queer worlds and words. Hosted by Leah Horlick and Esther McPhee. Rhizome Cafe.
  • The Book of Kale Event. January 24 at 7pm. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense greens in existence. Most people know that they should be eating it, but many don’t know just how delicious it can be. The Book of Kale is a garden-to-kitchen guide that gives you all you need to know to grow this super-sustainable crop organically, with more than eighty simple but superb recipes. “Kale-evangelist” Sharon Hanna will to talk about her book, answer questions and sign copies. Books will be available for purchase at this event. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library.
  • The Xenotext (A Progress Report) by talk by Christian Bök. January 25 at 1:30pm. Experimental poet Christian Bök will speak about embedding a poem within the DNA of an E. coli bacterium—and getting the cell to answer back with its own poem. Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which won the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. IRMACS Centre, ASB10905, SFU Burnaby.
  • Mashed Poetics. January 25 at 9pm. Mashed Poetics is a spoken word and music mash up where poets write new works based on songs from a specific album and perform it the night of the show. We also have a cover band, The Different People to play the album live the night of the show. Poets perform in between songs. Kozmik Zoo.

Winnipeg Events

  • Prairie Fire Magazine launch featuring Sharon Butala. January 24 at 7pm. Prairie Fire has published a special issue that includes a generous supplement on the work of beloved novelist and memoirist Sharon Butala. Highlights include two essays and a short story by Sharon Butala, an interview with editor Geoff Hancock, archival photos, as well as essays and other texts by an international cast of scholars and writers. Grant Park in the Atrium.
  • Erna Michalow — Book Launch. January 26 at 2pm. Launch of Whose Trees Are These? (Peanut Butter Press). Have you ever wondered about the role of trees in nature and their relationship to the rest of the environment? The author weaves the story’s other main characters —the sun, rocks, earth, water, air, fire, animals and people— into scenic treed landscapes and brings them all to life through the use of lyrical prose. Grant Park in the Atrium.

Halifax and Surround Area Events

  • Family Literacy Day Reading at Pictou Public Library. January 25 at 10:30am. Family Literacy Day special reading for children. Readings by Donna Morrissey, Pictou Mayor, Joe Hawes and RCMP Const. Sean Reynolds. For more information on how the library will be celebrating children’s literacy day. Pictou Public Library, 40 Water Street, Pictou.
John Ashton author of Past Times: Historical Stories of Pictou County, The Unknown, The Unexplained, the Unfortunates and the Lucky
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