Bookmark This! February 19th to February 25th, 2008

The Toronto Public Library's Keep Toronto Reading series continues this week, with some great lunchtime events to check out tomorrow. TINARS also has three great events happening!

Tuesday, February 19th:

The American Concrete Institute presents a dinner/seminar with Graeme Stewart, co-editor of Concrete Toronto. Copies of the book will be available on site.
Strates Restaurant. 6pm.

Celebrate the launch of Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems by poet Randall Maggs. The author will be present with hockey writer and Globe and Mail sports columnist Stephen Brunt.
Hockey Hall of Fame. 7pm.

Join in the launch for Tell Everything, Sally Cooper's latest novel.
Type Books. 7pm. Free.

The Toronto Public Library and CBC Radio 99.1 invite you to celebrate this year's nominated Canada Reads books. Featured guests from the arts and media community spotlight the five nominated books, with host Matt Galloway. Part of this year's Keep Toronto Reading program.
Toronto Reference Library. 7pm. Free.

Fred Doucette, author of Empty Casing: A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege, will be this month's guest at the U of T Bookstore Reading Series.
Robert Gill Theatre (St. George entrance, 3rd Floor). 7:30pm. Free.

Launching his new book Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, author Dan Kennedy will join singer-songwriter and author Dave Bidini to discuss the hilarious and poignant account of Kennedy's time spent working for Atlantic Records. Jonny Dovercourt will host the evening, and The Bicycles will provide music. A TINARS event presented by Pages, Thomas Allen Publishers, and EYE WEEKLY.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7:30pm (doors at 7pm). Free.

At the exclusive Toronto launch of her memoir, Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love and Leading Roles, screen icon and author Kathleen Turner will engage in a revealing on-stage conversation with film critic Richard Crouse, punctuated with clips from her films. A TINARS event presented by Pages and EYE WEEKLY.
St. Barnabas Anglican Church. 8pm (doors 7:30pm). Advance tickets $5 at Pages Books & Magazines (in-person ticket sales only, no reserves or phone orders.)

It's Black History Night at the Art Bar Poetry Reading Series with host Rudy Fearon. Experience six unique black poets from the new generation, featuring Klyde Broox, Michael Fraser, Nisa Lawson, Yannick Marshall, J.Nichole Noel and Um'khonde.
Clinton's. 8pm. Free.

Come out for the Coffeehouse Cabaret Open Stage featuring music, spoken word, and comedy. Hosted by Shawn Sage.
Renaissance Cafe. 9pm (sign up at 8:30). Free.

Wednesday, February 20th:

During this KTR lunch hour featuring Spectacular Speculative Fiction, Guy Gavriel Kay presents a contemporary exploration of Celtic myths in his latest novel Ysabel, and Nalo Hopkinson reads from her new book, The New Moon's Arms.
Toronto Reference Library. 12:30pm. Free, $5 for lunch.

In another KTR lunch hour, Ladies Who Lit Tish Cohen (author of Town House) and Governor General's award winner Diane Schoemperlen (At a Loss for Words) put the fun in dysfunctional with their tales of love gone awry.
North York Central Library. 12:30pm. Free, $5 for lunch.

During this Spymaster version of KTR lunch hour, Brendan Howley (author of The Witness Tree) and José Latour (Comrades in Miami) present a fascinating landscape of crime, intrigue and international politics.
City Hall Branch. 12:30pm. Free, $5 for lunch.

Join a talk and book signing with author Philippa Gregory, whose bestselling book The Other Boleyn Girl is now a motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. Enter to win one of two double passes to see an advance screening of The Other Boleyn Girl on Wednesday, February 27th, 7pm at The Varsity Theatre. Draw to be held in-store during the event.
Indigo Bay & Bloor. 7pm. Free.

Three esteemed ladies of Canadian letters present their new novels as part of the Harbourfront Centre's International Reading Series. Diane Schoemperlen reads from her latest novel At A Loss For Words; Anne Simpson presents her novel Falling; and Mary Swan reads from her novel The Boys in the Trees. Larry Gaudet hosts.
Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. 7:30pm. $8.

PEN Canada presents Draft 3.3 - The Writers-in-Exile Edition. Andrea Hila, Mehri Yalfani, and Fereshteh Molavi will be reading from their works, along with local author Ann Ireland. $5 admission fee gets you a copy of Draft 3.3, a limited-edition publication available only at these readings.
SOMA Restaurant and Lounge. 8pm. $5.

Toronto's The End of the Internet performance series features Rachel Zolf, author of Human Resources. Also featured are Liisa Ladouceur, Jeremy Hobbs and musical guest, Garbage! Violence! Enthusiasm! The series is hosted by Louis Calabro.
The Press Club. 8pm. PWYC.

Thursday, February 21st:

Queer Within These Walls features local queer writers reading from their novels with themes of working and living within mental health institutions. Featuring Debra Anderson, author of Code White, Farzana Doctor, author of Stealing Nasreen and Pat Capponi, author of Last Stop Sunnyside. Books will be available for sale and signing. Short Q & A afterwards.
George Brown College, St. James Campus, 4th Floor Foyer. 12-1pm. Free.

Michael Redhill, author of Keep Toronto Reading's One Book Consolation, will be available for a live chat this afternoon from noon until 1pm. Ask your questions about this year's Toronto Book Award winner and get the answers straight from the source!

Keep Toronto Reading and the LCBO invite you to embark on a global love affair with books and wine. During this intimate evening, Jeanne Beker (author of Passion for Fashion) and LCBO product specialists take you on a tour, with discussion and guided wine tastings that evoke the world's enchanting regions.
Yorkville Branch. 7-9pm. The discussion in the first hour is free. Tickets ($35) for the wine tasting in the second hour must be purchased in person at the library branch prior to the event.

Sharon Harris will be the featured reader at this installment of The Box Salon Reading Series.
The Rivoli Backroom. 8pm. Free.

Friday, February 22nd:

Journalism professor and book lover Suanne Kelman presents an in-depth look at KTR's One Book, Consolation.
Agincourt Branch. 12:30pm. Free.

Keep Toronto Reading and Diaspora Dialogues weave together a diverse selection of poetry, short fiction, spoken word and play readings that evoke the complexity of our city. Tonight, enjoy fiction by Judy Fong Bates, Shila Desai and Sayeeda Jaigirdar, spoken word by Michelle Muir, and musical performance by master drummer Muhtadi. Jill Andrew hosts.
Palmerston Branch. 7pm. Free.

Nathaniel G. Moore, author of Let's Pretend We Never Met, will be featured at tonight's installment of the IV Lounge Reading Series.
IV Lounge. 8pm. Free.

Saturday, February 23rd:

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.
Brookbanks Branch. 2pm. Free.

Every year, kids across Ontario have the opportunity to vote for the best in children's and young adult literature. Come meet some of the 2008 nominees, including Helaine Becker, nominated for Secret Agent Y.O.U.; Cary Fagan, nominated for Directed by Kasper Snit; and Rebecca Upjohn, nominated for Lily & the Paper Man. Book signing and Q&A period with the authors to follow. A Forest of Reading is a program of the Ontario Library Association, and this event is part of this year's Keep Toronto Reading series.
Fairview Branch. 2pm. Free.

Monday, February 25th:

Check out some great book bargains in TTC stations, from Toronto Public Library's Book Ends stores. Spend $5 or more and receive a brand new book for free. All proceeds go to Toronto Public Library Foundation to support library programs.
Yonge/Bloor Station. 12-6pm. Free.

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