- Freedom to Read Week. February 24 – March 2. It’s Freedom to Read Week! Every year, Freedom to Read organizes events across Canada dedicated to intellectual freedom. Included are author readings, panel discussions and reading marathons. Visit their website for a full list of events.
- Censored: Tales True and Personal. February 28. If you’re in Toronto, you should check out Censored: Tales True and Personal, presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Raconteurs Storytelling. Six storytellers will recount their experiences of censorship, the Canadian Library Association will present the CLA Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award, and the Writers’ Union of Canada will present its Freedom to Read Award. Censored takes place Thursday, February 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West, Toronto). Tickets are $7 in advance, and $10 at the door.
- Discussion with finalists for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. February 27. The finalists for this year’s Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction engage in a panel discussion in advance of the winner being announced March 4. The discussion will feature authors Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Tim Cook, Sandra Djwa, Ross King, and Andrew Preston, moderated by Dr. David Staines of the University of Ottawa, and hosted by Rogers Publishing President Kenneth Whyte. February 27, 7:30-9:30 pm, at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). Tickets are $10, but free for supporters, students and youth 25 and under (ID will be required).
- Found in Translation: Nicole Brossard and Jocelyne Saucier. February 28. Coach House Books is holding a dual launch for Jocelyne Saucier’s And the Birds Rained Down, and Nicole Brossard’s upcoming White Piano. The launch will feature the authors reading from their books in the original French, as well as English-language readings by Margaret Christakos and Rhonda Mullins. After the readings, there will be a discussion about the process of translating from French to English. February 28, 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street, Toronto). Free.
- PEN Canada Presents Beyond Book Burning: Disappearing Books in the Digital Age. March 1. As part of Freedom to Read Week, PEN Canada is holding a panel discussion on why certain books are never published, and how this impacts our freedom to read. Panelists include Stephen Henighan, Jesse Hirsh, Hal Niedzviecki, and Mark Medley. March 1, 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, Toronto). Free.
- An Evening with Andrew Pyper. March 4. Andrew Pyper launches his latest novel, The Demonologist. Pyper will read from the book, and be interviewed by The Globe and Mail’s Russell Smith. March 4, 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, Toronto). Free.
- Take My Book, Please! March 6. The launch of Tightrope Books’ new arts magazine, The Acrobat. A great opportunity to discover the magazine, meet the people who make it happen, and to hear Kelly Ward read from her upcoming book, Keep it Beautiful. March 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, at No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street, Toronto). Free.
- Found in Translation: Nicole Brossard and Jocelyne Saucier. February 27. Coach House Books is holding a dual launch for Jocelyne Saucier’s And the Birds Rained Down, and Nicole Brossard’s upcoming White Piano. The launch will feature the authors reading from their books in the original French, as well as English-language readings by Katia Grubisic and Gillian Sze. After the readings, there will be a discussion about the process of translating from French to English, moderated by Rhonda Mullins. February 27, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal). Free.
- The Writings of Rawi Hage. March 3. St. James United Church and Professor Norman Cornett present the final session in a three-part series on the writings of Rawi Hage, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. March 3, 2:00-4:00 pm, St. James United Church (1440 Rue Saint-Alexandre, Montreal). $5 per session plus photocopies.