Bookmark This! June 19 - 25th, 2007

Pride's taken over the book scene, too, this week. Lots of three cheers for queers, literary style. This Thursday is also National Aboriginal Day, and the library's planning a couple events.

Tuesday, June 19th:

PRIDE SLAM 2007: Utterly Unstoppable! A poetry slam for queers, with d'bi.young. Grand prize is $200 and the chance to perform at Pride's Yo Yo 'Mo party.
NOW Lounge. 8pm- 12am. Free.

The Artbar Poetry Series continues with Nashira Dernesch, Stan White and Al St.Louis.
Victory Cafe. 8pm. Free.

Pages THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES presents Don Cullen with his book The Bohemian Embassy: Memories and Poems. An evening of folk music, poetry and memories of the famed Yorkville coffee house where Ian Tyson, Margaret Atwood and many other notable artists got their break in Sixties Toronto.
Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom. 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Free.

Java Knights with ex-CBC Newsworld writer/Fab editor Steven Bereznai. He reads from his latest book, Gay and Single... Forever? 10 Things Every Gay Guy Looking for Love (and Not Finding It) Needs to Know.
Gladstone Hotel, Art Bar. 7pm. Free.

Kerri Sakamoto, noted Japanese Canadian author, will read from her latest, One Hundred Million Hearts, as part of the Toronto Public Library's Canada Council Heritage Series.
Davenport Branch. 7pm. Free.

Wednesday, June 20th:

Get Your Lit Out - Potluck: A Night of Readings is the latest installment of the much talked about queer reading series presented by Three Ring Paper Productions. Hosted by comedian Dawn Whitwell and featuring talented local queer authors Shani Mootoo, Trey Anthony, Anna Camilleri, Debra Anderson, Gein Wong & Dani Couture.
A Space Gallery. 7-10pm. Free.

The Diamond Cherry Reading Series presents a Spoken Word Open Stage, featuring Edward Nixon, David Clink and Barry Dempster. Hosted by Creative James Dewar.
It's Not A Deli. 8 pm. Free.

Continue reading for weekend events...

Thursday, June 21st:

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with Stories and Crafts with the Toronto Public Library.
Malvern Branch. 4pm. Free.
Other National Aboriginal Day events include a visit by Jan Bourdeau Waboose to the Spadina Branch at 1:30pm. Free.

See an advanced screening of "A Mighty Heart". Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and PEN Canada invite you to watch the new film by Michael Winterbottom, starring Angelina Jolie and based on the book by Marianne Pearl. Featuring speakers Haroon Siddiqui and Shira Herzog.
Cumberland Theatre. Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm. $20. Tickets available at the Toronto Women's Bookstore and Pages Books.

Come meet Dr. Samuel Gerstein as he unnveils his new book, Live Your Dreams: Doctor's Orders. Dr. Gerstein is an expert in helping people discover their career path to happiness. His long-awaited, critically acclaimed book has been touted as a real treasure for anyone looking to rediscovering themselves and their career fit.
Gladstone Hotel, Second Floor. 5-8pm. Cover - purchase your copy of Live Your Dreams.

Saturday, June 23rd:

Proud Voices - A Queer Reading Series showcases some of the best of Canada's literary talents, whether they are established veterans of the written word or emerging authors still cutting their teeth, Proud Voices is a chance for book lovers, queer and straight, to meet the authors who inspire them and teach them how to show their pride. In partnership with Word On The Street.
Proud Voices Stage (at the intersection of Church St. and Wellesley St., across from the 519 Community Centre). 1pm - 6pm. Free.

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Team Qualifier Semi-Finals
. The semifinalists go head to head, vying for a spot at the finals, taking place at Hugh's Room in July. Guest feature: Vancouver's R.C. Weslowski.
Cervejaria. 8pm. $5. Sign-up closed. $5

Sunday, June 24th:

The author of My Camino, Sue Kenney, launches her newest book, Confessions of a Pilgrim. Music, dance, readings and comedy by sketch comedy troupe The Gents. Proceeds go to Ontario Literacy Coalition.
Lula Lounge. 7-10pm. PWYC or Donation $10.

Monday, June 25th:

Best selling author Janet Evanovich signs copies of her latest book, Lean Mean Thirteen.
Indigo Bay & Bloor. 7pm. Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, or Coles location.

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