Bookmark This! February 12th to February 18th, 2008

Keep Toronto Reading continues, as well as the Harbourfront's ALOUD Reading Festival for kids. Lots of stuff for reader's to do this week!

Tuesday, February 12th:

Drew Hayden Taylor will be reading from his novel The Night Wanderer (Annick Press, 2007) at this year's ALOUD Festival.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 1pm. $8.

Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables turns 100 this year! Celebrate this special event by joining Budge Wilson, award-winning author of Before Green Gables, and Dr. Elizabeth Epperly, one of the world's foremost scholars of L.M. Montgomery and editor of Imagining Anne: The Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery. Kate MacDonald, Montgomery's granddaughter will be in attendance. The evening will be introduced by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. Book signing follows.
Royal Ontario Museum, Level 1B. 7-8:30pm. $25 (online $20), ROM members $22 (online $20)

Journalism professor and book lover Suanne Kelman presents an in-depth look at Consolation, this year's KTR One Book.
Don Mills Branch. 7pm. Free.

This week, the Art Bar Poetry Reading Series brings you Mike Freeman, Steve Venright and Truth Is.
Clinton's. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, February 13th:

Award-winning author Meg Rosoff presents her third novel What I Was. Part of ALOUD 2008.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 10:30am. $8.

Barry Callaghan (Between Trains) and Ray Robertson (What Happened Later) will be discussing their work at Keep Toronto Reading's Lit Lunch.
Deer Park Branch. 12:30pm. Bring your own lunch or buy one for $5.

Dave Bidini (Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs) and Paul Quarrington (The Ravine) will be discussing their work at (another) Keep Toronto Reading's Lit Lunch.
Pape/Danforth Branch. 12:30pm. Bring your own lunch or buy one for $5.

Web designer and theatre school graduate Jill Murray talks about her debut novel Break on Through while breakdancer MaeHem demonstrates some moves. Part of ALOUD 2008.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 1pm. $8.

Immigrant writers Shyam Selvadurai (Swimming in the Monsoon Sea), Goran Simic (Yesterday's People), and Robin Maharaj will be discussing their first days in Toronto as part of Keep Toronto Reading. Moderated by CBC's Mary Ito.
Parkdale Branch. 7pm. Free.

International Readings at Harbourfront presents Geraldine Brooks, author of People of the Book; Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love; and Steve Toltz, author of A Fraction of the Whole. Siri Agrell hosts.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 7:30pm. $8.

Thursday, February 14th:

Matt Duggan will be reading from The Royal Woods at the ALOUD Festival.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 10:30am. $8.

Richard Scrimger, author of Into the Ravine, will be reading at the The Royal Woods at the ALOUD Festival.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 1pm. $8.

During this KTR lunch hour, Kelley Armstrong (Personal Demon) and Eve Silver (Dark Prince) dish on the process of infusing romance novels with a steamy serving of the supernatural.
Toronto Reference Library. 12:30pm. Free ($5 for lunch).

OCAD professors George Walker and Peter Sramek, and book artist Lise Melhorn-Boe talk about the metamorphoses between art and books. The panel will explore the role of technology, show examples of the fusion between art and publishing and highlight the Toronto Public Library's new Altered Books Collection. Afterwards, TPL's Bill Hamade will lead a tour of Art Under Cover: an exhibition of Artist Books in the TD Gallery. Part of KTR.
Toronto Reference Library. 6:30pm. Free.

Spend Valentine's Day with ROM speakers Gayle Gibson and Sudharshan Duraiyappah, and discuss the dream worlds of passion, sex and couplings from previous centuries - and perhaps pick up a few tips. Accompanied by a special dinner at Grano restaurant.
Grano Restaurant. 7-10:30pm. $100 (online $95), ROM members $90 (online $85). Cost does not include alcoholic beverages, limited seating, pre-registration required. To register call 416-586-5797 x1.

Russell Smith will launch a revised literary edition of his notorious pornographic novel, titled Diana: A Diary In The Second Person, by having a frisky Valentines Day conversation with renowned sex columnist Josey Vogels about the voice as an instrument of seduction and other matters of the heart. A TINARS event.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7pm. Free.

Friday, February 15th:

The TPL and Diaspora Dialogues weave together a diverse selection of poetry, short fiction, spoken word and play readings, part of Keep Toronto Reading. Featuring fiction by Karen Connelly, Anya Vena, Elpida Morfetas, and Heather Hilliard, spoken word by Dwayne Morgan, and a staged reading of Dinner With Akbar, written by Janice Goveas and directed by Donna Michelle St. Bernard. Metro columnist Jill Andrew hosts.
Palmerston Branch. 7pm. Free.

Saturday, February 16th:

Participate in a workshop that studies the different ways of writing non-fiction, from memoirs to personal essays to literary journalism. Richard Poplak, author of the the book Ja No Man, Growing Up White in Apartheid-era South Africa will speak about writing a story of a lived experience.
Toronto Writers' Centre, suite 200. 10am - 12pm. $35. To book tickets call 416-975-5172 or email

Bring the whole family down to the NFB Cinema for storytelling with author Rosemary Sadlier. Then learn how to bring stories to life using clay animation techniques and professional animation equipment! To register, call 416-973-3012. Part of Keep Toronto Reading.
National Film Board. 10am - 2pm. Free.

Discover Black History in Toronto with a walking tour through parts of Old York, where African-Canadians carved a community through struggle and triumph. Learn about different Black leaders such as Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first Black female editor in North America, and William Peyton Hubbard, a City of Toronto Alderman and Acting Mayor. This easy walking tour starts and concludes at Mackenzie House and hot chocolate will be available afterwards. Part of Keep Toronto Reading.
Mackenzie House. 1-3pm. Cost: Adults $5.19, Seniors & Youths $3.77, Children $3.30 (plus GST). RSVP 416 392-6915.

TVOKids host Gisèle is coming from her Big Backyard to read a favourite book. Share Gisèle's love of reading, find out how you can join her Big Backyard Book Club and much more.
Sanderson Branch. 2pm. Free.

Monday, February 18th:

Acclaimed author and journalist Chris Turner traveled the globe in search of hope for a sustainable future and chronicles his findings in The Geography Of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (Random House Canada). Turner will deliver an update to his ongoing quest during an entertaining and incisive multimedia presentation and urbanist Amy Lavender Harris will moderate a Q&A session. A This Is Not A Reading Series event.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7pm. Free.

d'bi.young.anitafrika launches her new book, rivers... and other blackness... between us: (dub) poems of love (Women's Press).
Lula Lounge. 7:30pm. Free.

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