Bookmark This! October 23rd - 29th, 2007

Just because the International Festival of Authors has been advertised enough, I think I'm going to let you do the work, learning about this week's IFOA events. Check out the calendar over at!. Meanwhile, the Library's got some great author events happening at various branches, and there are a few interesting book launches going on across the city this week. Oh, and don't forget about this year's CanZine, a festival of everything alt magaziney, on this Sunday at the Gladstone.

Tuesday, October 23:

Meg Tilly, author of Porcupine and former film actress (The Big Chill, Agnes of God), will be reading as part of the Toronto Public Library's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing.
Toronto Public Library - Brookbanks Branch. 2pm. Free.
Tilly will also be reading at the Locke Branch at 7pm. On Wednesday, she'll be at the Parkdale Branch at 10am, the North York Central Library at 2pm, and at Type Books at 7pm.

Also participating in the Toronto Public Library's current reading series is Kim Moritsugu, who will read from her latest book, The Restoration of Emily.
Toronto Public Library, Evelyn Gregory Branch, 7pm. Free.

Astrid Young, author of Being Young, will be appearing as a part of Pages This Is Not A Reading Series. Astrid Young is Neil Young's half sister, and this her biography on the Canadian music icon. She will discuss her life, career and her celebrity sibling with ethnomusicologist, Professor Rob Bowman.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7pm. Free.

More Tuesday events, and happenings for the rest of the week, after the jump...

Pedlar Press launches their fall book line up at Supermarket in Kensington Market. With Stan Rogal (As Good As Dead), Michael Blouin (I'm Not Going To Lie To You) & Jacob Wren (Families are Formed Through Copulation).
Supermarket. 7:30pm. Free.

The Art Bar Poetry Reading Series continues with Russell Thornton, Michael Lee Rattigan and Nisa Lawson.
Clinton's. 8pm. Free.

The Free Speech Reading Series continues in Roncesvalles, featuring Sean Dixon, Teresa Pavlinek and Andrew Westoll. Songwriter of the month is Janine Stoll. Hosted by Johan Hultqvist.
Tinto. 8pm. PWYW.

Wednesday, October 24th:

Book launch for Fiona Ellis' latest, Inspired Fair Isle Knits. In this companion to Inspired Cable Knits, Ellis once again borrows from traditional techniques to deliver a superb collection of gorgeous, wearable garments.
Textile Museum of Canada. 6:30-8pm. Free.

The Toronto Public Library's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing continues today with Neil Bissoondath at the Don Mills Branch (7pm), Afua Cooper at the Goldhawk Park Branch (1:30 pm) and Kenneth J. Harvey at the Runnymede Branch (7pm).

Coach House Books is launching its 2007 fall line up with several new books like Pulpy and Midge, Twenty Miles, The Alphabet Game: A bpNichol Reader, Sitcom, Work of Days, Isolated and Concrete Toronto.
Stone's Place. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, October 25th:

The TPL's CWLSEGCW continues with Neil Bissoondath at the Alderwood Branch (2pm) and again at the Woodside Square Branch (7pm). Wayne Johnston will read at the Beaches Branch (7pm).

Book launch for Equity, Diversity, and Canadian Labour, by Gerald Hunt and David Rayside. An engaging look at the labour movement in Canada and elsewhere, Equity, Diversity, and Canadian Labour will appeal to students, practitioners, and anyone interested in equity issues and minority rights.
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson Business Building. 4-6pm. Free.

Sumach Press launches Swahili for Beginners by Lisa Joyal, and Wings of a Bee by Julie Roorda. Refreshments, readings & specially priced books for sale.
Canadian Children's Book Centre. 5:30pm. Free.

Acclaimed British writer Andrew Lycett, helps celebrate in the Library's 30th Anniversary Author Series, and previews his biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes.
Toronto Reference Library. 7pm. Free.

Join the Between the Lines staff, writers and volunteers at the Gladstone Hotel to celebrate BTL's 30th anniversary. Started in 1977, BTL strives "to embrace critical perspectives on culture, economics, and society."
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7pm. Free.

Join Tim Cook, author of At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914 to 1916, and curator at the Canadian War Museum, for an evening of stunning slides and stories of Canadians in the Great War. Part of the University of Toronto Bookstore Reading Series.
Robert Gill Theatre. 7:30-9pm. Free.

Friday, October 26th:

Eileen Myles reads from her latest work, Sorry, Tree, in which she describes "some nature" as well as the transmigration of souls from the east coast to the west.
This Ain't the Rosedale Library. 7pm. Free.

Black Hearts Hockey Club presents Hockey Book Night in Canada featuring Lorna Jackson (Cold-Cocked: On Hockey) and Cara Hedley (Twenty Miles) with special musical guest Jen Cutts.
Balzac's Cafe. 7pm.

CBC Radio One presents The Massey Lectures- this year, the theme "A City of Words" will feature author Alberto Manguel. From Gilgamesh to the Bible, from Don Quixote to The Fast Runner, Manguel explores how books and stories hold the secret keys to what binds us together.
University of Toronto, Convocation Hall. 8pm. $13-$18

Join Open Book and Seventh Stage Productions for an eerie sneak peak (and reading) of the fall's new thrillers by John Robert Colombo (Ghost Stories: Canada, Strange But True, Terrors of The Night), Maureen Jennings (Journeyman to Grief), Edo Van Belkom (Cry Wolf), Curtis Parkinson (Death in Kingsport), and Shane Peacock (Eye of The Crow). Costumes welcome, light refreshments will be served.
Spadina House. 8pm. Please RSVP to or call 647.435.9243.

Sunday, October 28th:

Canzine, Canada's largest zine fair and festival of alternative culture, is an annual event organized by Broken Pencil Magazine. $5 at the door gets you the new Horror Issue of Broken Pencil Magazine and access to hundreds of zines, all-day horror screenings, DIY gore workshops, readings, and all sorts of other madness.
Gladstone Hotel. 1-7pm. $5.

Monday, October 29th:

Join Ben McNally Books as they launch a new biography of Conrad Black entitled Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour, by award-winning journalist George Tombs.
Ben McNally Books. 6pm. Free.

Do you want to learn how to schmooze? Celebrated humorist Michael Wex will offer a sidesplitting crash course in speaking Yiddish to launch his eagerly anticipated new book, Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do). Part of Pages This Is Not A Reading Series, along with H.B. Fenn and Company, The Ashkenaz Foundation and EYE Weekly.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7:30pm. Free.

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