Bookmark This! October 9th - 15th, 2007

Sorry for the late post today folks! I've been overcome with lethargy, due to my recent Tryptophan overdose.

Tuesday, October 9th:

The Art Bar Poetry Series continues with Shane Rhodes, Monica Kidd and Gordon Johnston.
Clinton's. 8pm. Free.

Launch for South of North: Images of Canada, poems by Richard Outram with drawings by Thoreau MacDonald.
The Arts and Letters Club. 5pm. Free. and Open Book invite you to Under The Covers: Bedtime Stories for Adults. The upstairs rotunda of the Gladstone will be transformed into a come-hither boudoir and bedtime costumes are encouraged. Slip into your slinky nighties and satiny pjs and prepare to be deeply moved by bedside literary readings from Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything), Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge), and Zoe Whittall (Bottle Rocket Hearts).
Gladstone Hotel Second Floor. 7pm. Free. RSVP to

Also at the Gladstone, TINARS presents U of T history professor Paul Rutherford. He offers a witty, learned and provocative response in his book The World Made Sexy. Rutherford will deliver a multimedia presentation featuring ancient erotic artifacts, to deconstruct the complex process whereby fashion, pop culture and the media collide to commodify public desire.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7:30pm. Free.

More of tonight's events, and happenings for the rest of this week, can be found after the jump...

William Marsden will be in-store to sign copies of his new book Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn't Seem to Care).
Ben McNally Books. 12:30pm. Free.

Noah Richler will host a discussion on how geography permeates Canadian literature. Richler will be joined by Russell Smith and Edward Riche, discussing how the Canadian landscape defines and is defined by this country's literature. Part of the TPL's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing.
Toronto Library Palmerston Branch. 7pm. Free.

Coffeehouse Spoken Word Series presents John Layton, Adriel Lobo and Jeff Cottrill. Hosted by Sean Peever.
Renaissance Cafe. 9pm. Free.

Wednesday, October 10th:

Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters invite you to join them for the launch of their newest collaboration, Bifocal. Complimentary Afghan desserts will be served and all books are 20% off during the event.
Another Story Books. 7pm. Free. For more info, contact Max at (905) 477-9179 x263 or

Eye Weekly and ECW Press invite you to join them for the launch of I, Tania by Brian Joseph Davis. Featuring the following guests, reading from books referenced in I, Tania: Bill Kennedy (Listen to the Warm), Damian Rogers (Little Girl Lost), Ken Babstock (Cujo and Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844) and a. rawlings (Libra).
Supermarket. 8-10pm. Free.

Descant Arts & Letters Foundation presents Descant's Fall 2007 Issue Launch. Hosted by Ian Brown and featuring readings by Katherine Ashenburg, Ron Charach, Simon Leigh and Andrew Tibbetts. Music by The Jesse Barksdale Trio.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7:30pm. Free.

Come As You Are presents a special talk with author Kathy Davis in celebration of her latest book The Making Of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Crosses Borders.
York University, Harry Crowe Room. 4:30pm. Free. She'll also be at Wilson Hall at U of T on Thursday, October 11th at 4pm.

Penguin Group and Ben McNally Books invite you to a "Tea and Book Signing" with Jenna Bailey to celebrate the launch of her new book Can Any Mother Help Me?.
Ben McNally Books. 6pm. Free.

Thursday, October 11th:

Join Toronto mystery author Jeffrey Miller and ECW Press to celebrate the official launch of Murder on the Rebound. Jeffrey will read from the newest installment of Amicus Curiae, the courthouse cat. Copies of the books will be available for sale at the event by Sleuth of Baker Street. Plan to stick around after the book launch as Toronto's most outstanding traditional Irish musicians take part in Dora Keogh's internationally acclaimed Thursday night session!
Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub. 6pm. Free.

Join Toronto poet Yannick Marshall and Nigerian poet Yemi Aganga as they launch Old Friend, We Made This for You. A collaboration that celebrates the Afrikan experience and promotes pan-Africanism. Refreshments will be served.
Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre. 7pm. Free.

Frances Itani reads from her long-awaited second novel, Remembering the Bones. Part of Toronto Reference Library's 30th Anniversary Author Series.
Toronto Reference Library. 7pm. Free.

Yashin Blake takes part in the TPL's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing, reading from his latest Nowhere Fast.
Toronto Public Library Centennial Branch. 7pm. Free.

HarperCollins Canada and Ben McNally Books present James Raffan, and his exciting new book Emperor of the North. Mr. Raffan will be interviewed by author Ken McGoogan.
Ben McNally Books. 6:30pm. Free.

Friday, October 12th:

The TWB presents the launch of Democracy & Revolution- Latin America and Socialism, by D.L. Raby.
Toronto Women's Bookstore. 7pm. Free.

Join Joan Rivers in this special lunchtime event as she discusses beloved Canadian celebrity journalist Brian Linehan with his biographer and friend, George Anthony.
Indigo Bay & Bloor. 12pm. Free.

Saturday, October 13th:

Bunch, The Drake Hotel, Mabel's Fables and Open Book invite kids and adults alike to come on down and sip a welcome drink and nibble kid-friendly (and kid-tasty) hors d'oeuvres while enjoying readings and performances by three Canadian authors. Sean Dixon will play the banjo and read from The Feathered Cloak; Loris Lesynski reads and performs from Dirty Dog Boogie, Nothing Beats a Pizza, I Did It Because... and Shoe Shakes; and Shane Peacock reads from Eye of the Crow. Free drinks, free mini-foods, and fabulous readings for kids -- you won't want to miss it!
Drake Hotel Underground. 1pm. Free. Readings geared to ages 6 to 10 but all ages welcome!

Indigo proudly presents Rick Mercer. Join them as he signs copies of the newly released Rick Mercer Report: The Book.
Indigo Bay & Bloor. 2pm. Free.

Sunday, October 14th:

This Is Not A Reading Series presents Ray Zahab. 100 days. 7000 kilometers. All of it running. Ray Zahab, a former hard-drinking chain-smoker, pitted himself against the rough terrain of the North African desert and ran from Senegal to Egypt. His memoir, Running For My Life, maps his road to redemption. Zahab delivers a multimedia presentation featuring footage from the various eco-challenges and ultra-distance foot races he has run around the globe.
Gladstone Hotel Second Floor. 7:30pm. Free.

Coffeehouse Spoken Word Series presents Shawn Sage and Soul Fisticato. Open stage performances by Jeff Cottrill and Duncan Armstrong. Hosted by Yehuda Fisher.
Free Times Cafe. 8pm. Free.

Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Brunch Series presents Mary Novik, Rona Maynard, Martin Meredith and Noah Charney.
King Edward Hotel. 10am. $40.

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