Book Scene: Fighting the Good Fight
An abundance of options everyday this week!
Also tonight, Mary Lawson will be at Nicholas Hoare launching her new title The Other Side of the Bridge (much anticipated, as her last novel Crow Lake was an instant favourite). 6:30-8:30p. (45 Front St E).
Wednesday 4th, Book City celebrates 30 years of independent survival at the Harboufront Centre with authors Monica Ali, Bill Gaston, Michael Redhill, and David Adams Richards. Frans Donker hosts. 7:30p in the Brigantine room. (235 Queens Quay W).
Or, if a non-fiction U of T thing is more your speed, David Korten heads to the OISE auditorium to talk about his The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community Featuring, and, by extension, sustainable global societies. 7:30p, PWYC. (252 Bloor St. W).
Thursday the 5th, TINARS presents a FIGHT!!! Seriously, at Florida Jacks Boxing Club. Author of The Fighter and would-be pugilist Craig Davidson takes on local poet Michael Knox. In the name of publicity, but frankly I smell a whiff of Fight Club. Chuck Palahniuk, what hast thou wrought? Doors at 7, 7:30-10p.(782 Yonge St). I'm pulling for the poet. Verse could use a muscled hero.
Speaking of versifying, you can sign up for Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon, which runs Oct 16 - Dec 18 Monday nights from 7-9 at the St. Geroge Campus of U of T. (158 George St). A mere 171$ plus 100$ for books and stuff. Register here or call Margaret Christakos at 416.924.7066 (or email her margaret underscore christakos at yahoo dot ca). Hear from local poets Ken Babstock, Rachel Zolf, Jay MillAr, Maureen Scott Harris, Gerry Shikatani, RM Vaughan, Beatriz Hausner, and M. Nourbese Philip.
Also Thursday, the launch of The House on Lippincott by Bonnie Burstow and Children of Mary by Marusya Bociurkiw at the Toronto Women's Bookstore. 7p. (73 Harbord).
Rounding out the week, on Friday the 6th the TWB hosts the launch of Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality ed. Sarah Husain. 7p.
And if you're gearing up for the book bonanza (aka the International Festival of Authors which I will flog like a dead horse because it's awesome) towards the end of the month, consider ponying up for tickets for the PEN Canada gala benefit Uncensored, slated for the 20th. Attendees include (but are not limited to) - Wole Soyinka (Nobel for Lit, '86), Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), Wayson Choy, Miriam Toews and M.G. Vassanji.
Everyone's favourtie adorable actor cum playwrite cum best selling author Ann-Marie MacDonald hosts. 175$ gets you into the readings plus the private cocktail reception afterwards (8:30p). 25-35$ gets you to the readings at 7p - available through UofTtix.ca or call 416.978.8849.
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