Bookmark This! November 27th to December 3rd, 2007

Here's my round up of this week's literary events... yeehaw!

Tuesday, November 27th:

The BookNet Canada Speaker Series presents Is it Easy Being Green? The Changing Climate of the Book Industry, a forum for book industry professionals to share their insight on how emerging technologies are impacting the Canadian book industry.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 3:30-6:15pm. $15.

Anosh Irani reads from his most recent book, The Song of Kahunsha. Part of the library's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing.
Toronto Public Library Mount Dennis Branch. 7pm. Free.

This Is Not A Reading Series
presents Dave Eggers, delivering a multimedia presentation to launch the trade paperback edition of What Is The What, his novelized autobiography of Sudanese war refugee Valentino Achak Deng.
St. Barnabas Anglican Church. 7:30pm. $5 (tickets available from Pages Books & Magazines).

The Art Bar Poetry Series presents S.E. Venart reading from her new book, Woodshedding, with John Steffler, Canada's poet laureate, author of The Grey Islands and Paul Vermeersch, author of Between the Walls.
Clinton's. 8pm. Free.

More events after the jump...

Wednesday, November 28th:

Lunch with Jan Wong and Christie Blatchford, while the Globe and Mail columnists tell personal stories from their travels to China and Afghanistan respectively. Ralph Benmergui, from JazzFM, will be hosting the event and interviewing. Part of the TRL's Literary Cafe, and their 30th anniversary celebration.
Toronto Reference Library. 12:30pm. Free.

The library's City-Wide Literary Series to Explore the Geography of Canadian Writing continues with Michael Wex, discussing the Yiddish language and culture, from the Middle Ages to present day.
Toronto Public Library Bayview Branch. 6:30pm. Free.

Catch Noah Richler reading from his latest This is My Country, What's Yours? Part of the library's CWLSEGCW Series.
Toronto Public Library Runnymede Branch. 7pm. Free..

Join Taddle Creek in celebrating their 10th anniversary, with readings by Gary Barwin, Chris Chambers, Dani Couture, Patrick Rawley, and David Whitton. Music by the Eradicators. There will also be door prizes, and maybe cake!
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, November 29th:

Sit in on a seminar with Bjorn Lomborg, author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. Lomborg offers a second generation of thinking on the issue of climate change, an issue where he believes panic is neither warranted nor is it constructive in dealing with any of humanity's problems. He brings back rational dialogue and discussion to a topic where contrary opinions are often discouraged and quashed.
Hart House, East Common Room. 11am. Free.

Napoleon & Company is excited to announce their new literary imprint, Darkstar Fiction, an edgier line of fiction geared toward the younger, urban adult. Help celebrate the new line and the launch of the first title in the collection, Short Candles by Rita Donovan. Also meet up and coming author Laurie Channer, whose title Godblog will be released by Darkstar in 2008. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Napoleon & Company at 416.730.9052.
Ben McNally Books. 6:30pm. Free.

Hear Kim Moritsugu read from her latest, The Restoration of Emily. Part of the library's CWLSEGCW Series.
Elmbrook Park Branch. 7pm. Free.

The library's CWLSEGCW Series continues with Shyam Selvadurai.
Brookbanks Branch. 7pm. Free.

Jacob Scheier reads from his debut collection of poetry More To Keep Us Warm, at the Hot-Sauced Words reading series.
Rails and Ales Billiards Lounge. 8pm. Free.

Friday, November 30th:

Lawyer, business executive and environmental activist Tom Heintzman has combined all his interests in his company, Bullfrog Power, to provide green, carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses in Ontario and Alberta, including Walmart Canada. He will be interviewed by writer/broadcaster Gill Deacon, as part of the TRL's Agents of Change series, and their 30th anniversary celebration.
Toronto Reference Library. 6pm. Free.

Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything), Nadine McInnis (Two Hemispheres), and Ruth Roach Pierson (Aide-MĂŠmoire) read as part of the IV Lounge Reading Series.
IV Lounge. 8pm. Free.

Saturday, December 1st:

Participate in Writers' Soup with Sarah Selecky, an all-day creative writing workshop designed to stir the creative impulse and satisfy the writer's appetite. Bring a packed lunch, a notebook, and several fast-writing pens. Prepare to write pages of unexpected material! Suitable for writers of all levels.
Somewhere in Parkdale. 11am - 3pm. For more info contact Sarah at

Sunday, December 2nd:

Elspeth Cameron will be reading and signing copies of her new book, And Beauty Answers.
Nicholas Hoare Books. 12 - 2pm. Free.

Nicholas Hoare High Tea presents Douglas Hunter reading from his latest book, God's Mercies, a searing historical work about death, deceit and dishonour, and the rivalry between Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson.
King Edward Hotel. 3pm. $35.

TSAR Publications is celebrating their 2007 titles with readings by Rozena Maart, H. Nigel Thomas, Irene Marques, and the Masala Trois. Cash bar and free snacks.
Gladstone Hotel. 6:30pm. Free.

Monday, December 3rd:

Swedish crime-writing superstar Henning Mankell (creator of the Kurt Wallander Mysteries) presents Kennedy's Brain, his most recent book to be translated into English, and is interviewed by Carol Off. Alison Gordon hosts.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 7:30pm. $8.

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