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Bookmark This! November 20th to 26th, 2007


Tuesday, November 20th:

The library's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing continues with Alistair MacLeod, author of Canadian classics like Island, and No Great Mischief.
Locke Branch. 7pm. Free.

Join Timeless Books for an evening of storytelling and music to celebrate the launch of The Glass Seed by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Also reading will be Joanna Manning (author of The Magdalene Moment) and Sue Kenney (author of My Camino), as well as a discussion on the role of spirituality and feminism in the movement towards inner understanding and global peace. Singer/songwriter Jennifer Castle will be providing musical entertainment.
Gladstone Hotel Art Bar. 7pm. Free.

Yann Martel presents the new illustrated edition of his 2002 Man Booker Prize winning novel, Life Of Pi. I'm sure he'll also mention one of his most recent projects, whatisstephenharperreading.com. Charles Foran hosts.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 7:30pm. $8.

The Art Bar Poetry Series continues with Brendan McLeod, Sue Chenette and Celia Ferrier.
Clinton's. 8pm. Free.

More events after the jump...

Wednesday, November 21st:

Participate in a taping of CBC Radio's Talking Books with Ian Brown. Ian and his panelists will discuss How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard. The panelists include documentary maker and broadcaster Avi Lewis, writer Jane Urquhart and writer Ray Robertson. Part of the TRL's Literary Cafe series, and their 30th anniversary celebration.
Toronto Reference Library. 12:30pm. Free.

Carolyn Gammon and Christiane Hemker, authors of Johanna Krause Twice Persecuted: Surviving in Nazi Germany and Communist East Germany will be reading. Originally published as Zweimal Verfolgt, and translated by Gammon, it will be of interest to scholars of auto/biography, World War II history, and the Holocaust.
York Lanes 230R, York University. 3pm. Free.

Celebrate the Toronto release of Lorenz Peter's collection of comics, Side Effect (Pedlar Press). Lorenz Peter is a musician, painter and cartoonist land has been self-publishing the Side Effect minicomic series since 1993.
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art. 6:30pm. Free.

Commemorate Brick Magazine's launch of Issue #80, featuring a short film by Guy Maddin, a reading by Gil Adamson, notes on Mavis Gallant from Michael Ondaatje, sketcher-in-residence Michael Winter, a toast by Leon Rooke, a musical episode by Alex Pugsley and Beatriz Yuste, and hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.
Ben McNally Books. Show at 7pm, doors at 6:30pm. Free.

Alistair MacLeod makes a second appearance, as part of the library's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing.
Richview Branch. 7pm. Free.

Meet the award-winning Canadian author, Janice Kulyk Keefer, as she reads from her latest novel, The Ladies Lending Library. Part of the library's Uptown Author Reading Series.
North York Central Library Auditorium. 7pm. Free.

Join ECW Press for the launch party of More to Keep Us Warm by Jacob Scheier.
Type Books. 7pm. Free.

Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and interpretation with Billy Munnelly. For some it's the Farmer's Almanac, but for thousands of wine drinkers the annual must-have is the new edition of Billy's Best Bottles!
Faculty Club. 7:30pm. $40 (includes a copy of the book and wine tasting).

Thursday, November 22nd:

Shane Peacock, author of Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Case will be reading from his latest work.
Parliament Street Library. 10am. Free.

Elizabeth Hay, winner of this year's Giller prize, reads from her latest novel, Late Nights On Air.
Ben McNally Books. Call bookstore for times. Free.

Friday, November 23rd:

Award winning mystery author Jon Redfern will be launching his new historical mystery, Trumpets Sound No More, alongside critically acclaimed thriller writer Steven Owad, who will be launching the new page turner, Brother's Keeper. Light refreshments will be served.
Sleuth of Baker Street. 6pm. Free.

Mark Starowicz, producer of Canada: A People's History and head of the documentary unit at CBC, will be interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi. Part of the TRL's Agents of Change series, and their 30th anniversary celebration.
Toronto Reference Library. 6pm. Free.

Biblioasis launches Ryszard Kapuscinski's selected poems I Wrote Stone and the Biblioasis International Translation series. With readings by Kapuscinski's translators Diana Kuprel and Marek Kusiba, and by special guests Goran Simic, A. F. Moritz and Stephen Henighan.
This Ain't the Rosedale Library (upstairs). 8pm. Free.

Saturday, November 24th:

Join in the official Toronto book launch of the latest edition of Tesseracts- Canada's Speculative Fiction Collection. Featured writers include Susan Deefholts, Steven Kotowych, David Nickle, Sandra Riedel, Claude Lalumière, and Douglas Arnott.
BakkaPhoenix Bookstore. 3pm. Free.

Sunday, November 25th:

The Ontario Historical Society's annual Cookbook Caper sale features hundreds of old and new books on a variety of food topics. There will also be a tearoom hosted by the Culinary Historians of Ontario, with tea and homemade scones and sweets available. If you have any cookbooks you would like to donate to this fund raising event, contact the OHS at (416) 226-9011.
Ontario College of Art and Design. 1pm. Free.

Phyllis Walker, storyteller of multicultural tales and Anansi Stories will entertain listeners of all ages, but especially the kiddies!
Malvern Community Center. 2pm.

The Fictitious Reading Series presents Lynn Coady and Jeff Parker, reading from their latest works.
This Ain't the Rosedale Library (upstairs). 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, November 26th:

Join Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef and author of Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet, for her exclusive Canadian public appearance and book signing.
Indigo Bay & Bloor. 5:30pm. Free.

PEN Canada in association with Rights & Democracy present a discussion with Akbar Ganji of Iran and Anna Maria Tremonti, host of The Current, CBC Radio. Akbar Ganji, Honorary Member of PEN Canada and courageous Iranian journalist and dissident who spent six years in prison for exposing rights abuses committed by Iran, is the winner of Rights & Democracy's 2007 John Humphrey Freedom Award.
George Ignatieff Theatre. 6pm. Free.


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