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Book Scene: The Griffin Prize and Books at the Gladstone


This Wednesday and Thursday the big news is the Griffin Poetry Prize. The finalists will read at the MacMillan Theatre and the winner will be announced at a gala the following evening. Congrats to the finalists: Phil Hall, Sylvia Legris (who has the best name ever), Erín Moure, Kamau Brathwaite, Durs Grübein, Michael Palmer, and Dunya Mikhail.

Also on Thursday,

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TINARS brings Ra McGuire to the Horseshoe to promote his bio Here for a Good Time: On the Road with Trooper. There's no cover for the reading from 6:30-8:30, but the concert's $15. (Incidentally, you can look at his photography on Flickr - and it ain't bad).

Earlier in the week, there are a few readings to choose from.

Tuesday, 30 May – Montrealer Nicole Brossard launches the paperback of her novel Yesterday at the Hotel Clarendon (French title simply Hier) and Fluid Arguments at This Ain't the Rosedale Library. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, Marusya Bociurkiw reads from her novel The Children of Mary at the Gladstone. 6-8pm. Free refreshments, cash bar.

Or you could head down to the Harbourfront for a 3 for 1 - Laurie Gough with Kiss the Sunset Pig, Miriam Katin with We Are On Our Own and Alayna Munce with When I Was Young and In My Prime. 7:30pm.

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Or you could check out another TINARS event - Davy Rothbart's Found II. At the Gladstone, 7-10p. If you want a little preview of the material, check out Found Magazine's website. A celebration of the ephemera we leave scattered everywhere. It's pretty fascinating stuff.

And this Saturday, at Trinity-St.Paul's you can check out the Toronto Small Press Book Fair. The fair runs from 11am-5pm, and in the evening you can catch some readings at the Victory Cafe (from 6-9pm).

Images from the Griffin Prize website, Flickr, and the Found magazine site


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