Bookmark This! May 29 - June 4th, 2007

The Toronto Public Library has got some great events happening this week all across the city, as part of the Canada Council Heritage Series. Authors read from their works, and wax philosophical about the Canadian identity. They've also got the Uptown and Downtown Author Series running. You know what I love about the library? It's all FREE.

Here are my picks for this week's bookworm social calendar:

Tuesday, May 29th:
The Art Bar Poetry Series presents David Clink, John Barton and Louise Bernice Halfe.
Victory CafĂŠ. 8pm. Free.

Wilbur Smith, author of epic adventures like Blue Horizon and The Triumph of the Sun, visits the Yonge & Eg Indigo Books to promote his newest novel, The Quest. 7pm. Free.

Wednesday, May 30th:
The International Readings series continues at the Harbourfront with a Festival of Architecture and Design. Sally Gibson and Geoffrey James discuss their new books of Toronto photography and Marco Polo discusses his book on the Prix de Rome in Architecture.
Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Room. 7:30pm. $8 (free for members and students with valid ID).

Toronto Public Library Uptown Author Series presents J.L. Granatstein discussing
Whose War is It? How Canada Can Survive in the Post 9/11 World, with a Q&A to follow the reading.
North York Central Library, Room 1. 7pm. Free. Call to register: 416-395-5639.

Another of the Toronto Public Library's Canada Council Heritage Series, with Austin Clarke, sharing his newest book, Love and Sweet Food: A Culinary Memoir.
Cedarbrae Branch. 7pm. Free.

More events after the jump...

Thursday, May 31st (there's LOTS today):
Joe Fiorito contributes to the library's Canada Council Heritage Series, reading from Union Station: Love, Madness, Sex and Survival on the Streets of the New Toronto.
Elmbrook Park Branch. 7pm. Free.

Toronto Public Library Uptown Author Series sits down for a chat with French Canadian author
Nadine Grelet, with a Q&A to follow.
North York Central Library, Room 2. 7pm. Free. Call to register at 416-395-5639.

Talonbooks and This Ain't the Rosedale Library celebrate the publication of bill bissett's newest book of poetry, ths is erth thees ar peopul.
This Ain't the Rosedale Library Bookstore. 8pm. Free.

More from the library: the Downtown Author Series presents Wayne Johnston, author of The Navigator of New York, who will read from his latest book, The Custodian of Paradise. Neil Smith will read from his latest collection of short stories, Bang Crunch. Q&A to follow.
Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium. 7pm. Free.

The Flash Fiction Comedy Jam happens at the Bad Dog Theatre, featuring Jerry Schaefer and other Toronto comics reading their side-splitting short fiction. Special guest Cryptic Chatter host Valentino Assenza, with a bonus Literary Fashion Show. Not to mention the Live Writing Contest!
Bad Dog Theatre. 8pm. PWYC.

PostSecret creator Frank Warren promotes his new book at The Ontario College of Art and Design. 8pm.

Saturday, June 2nd:
The Wild City Writers' Workshop invites writers to meet up to read from some of their work in progress- prose, poetry and essays welcome. Writing exercises offered, as well.
High Park Library. 11:30am. Free.

Sunday, June 3rd:
Mathematician-slash-author John Mighton brunches while promoting his new book, The End of Ignorance. Part of the Ben McNally/Globe & Mail Books and Brunch series.
Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel. 10am - 1pm. $40 (includes full brunch and author readings).

Monday, June 4th:
Insomniac Press presents The Skin Beneath, Nairne Holtz's new lesbian thriller. Music by special guest Denise Benson.
Ciao Edie. 7pm. Free.

Celebrate with Indiepolitik the launch of the "Strong Words: Year Two" Anthology.
Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar. 7:30pm. PWYC.

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