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Bookmark This! May 23-29, 2007

'Tis the season for bookies to celebrate (the reading kind, not the loaning kind)... parties, book launches, readings... Here's my pick of literary events for this week:

Wednesday, May 23rd:

Catherine Kidd presents her newest novel Missing the Ark, along with Emily Holton and her newest book Little Lessons in Safety. Presented by Conundrum Press. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7pm. Free. Part of Pages This Is Not A Reading Series.

Editor Sandra Martin and contributors Catherine Gildiner, Tina Srebotnjak, Rachel Manley and Katherine Ashenburg celebrate an early Father's Day with readings from The First Man in my Life: Daughters Write about Their Fathers. Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room, 7:30 pm, $8 (free for members and students with valid ID). One in a series of International Readings.

Thursday, May 24th:

Edward Nixon and Phoebe Tsang perform in Hot-Sauced Words, an interactive poetry/spoken-word event hosted by Creative James Dewar. Poetry challenge each show! It's Not a Deli. 8:30pm (open mic sign-up 8:15pm). PWYC.

See what the weekend holds after the jump...

Friday, May 25th:

Local scribbler's The Moosemeat Writers release their newest booklet Moosecall #4: Premium Cut at the Victory Cafe. Flash fiction readings with Mike Matisko and Heather Wood. Victory Cafe. 7pm. Free.

Blogger Stephanie Pearl-MacPhee (The Yarn Harlot) releases her latest knitacular volume, Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting. Bay-Bloor Indigo. 7pm. Free.

Saturday, May 26th:

Big day for the little guys; The Toronto Small Press Book Fair. Toronto's finest small press publishers will represent, and 15 writers will read from their work throughout the day (plus door-prizes and your chance to be published on the spot with Instant Anthology). Trinity-St. Paul Centre (427 Bloor Street West). 11am-5pm. Free (but chip in a twoonie).

If you're not quite ready to publish your autobiography, learn from the best. Editor Marjorie Anderson (Dropped Threads series) hosts a memoir-writing workshop at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology. 10am-12pm. Cost: $45.

Sunday, May 27th:

Get a rare inside look at a running Heidelberg printing press and a brief history lesson by master printer Stan Bevington. As part of Doors Open Toronto, Coach House Books will invite the public into their century old home. 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday also).

Monday, May 28th:

Harbourfront Centre continues its International Readings series with Deepak Chopra. He'll be reading from his new novel, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment. Hosted by Ben McNally. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park Circle. 7:30pm. $10 ($5 members, free for students with valid ID).

Tuesday, May29th:
The Art Bar Poetry Series presents David Clink, John Barton and Louise Bernice Halfe. Victory Cafe. 8pm. Free.


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