Bookmark This! February 5th to February 11th, 2008

This week is all about the Keep Toronto Reading program, which continues until the end of February. A new feature they've got going is their One Book campaign, and they've chosen Toronto Book Award winner Michael Redhill and his book Consolation. There will be a whole whack of events relating to the book, as well the usual KTR happenings. It's a busy week!

Tuesday, February 5th:

The Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present acclaimed graphic novel creators Kazu Kibuishi and Kean Soo. The alumni of the Flight comic anthologies discuss their new all-ages graphic novels. Moderated by Christopher Butcher. This event is part of Toronto Public Library's Keep Toronto Reading program.
North York Central Library. 6:30pm. Free.

Discuss Apartheid and the Current Context in Palestine with guests Toufic Haddad, Salmah Wakim and Khaled Moummar, with readings from Between the Lines: Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. "War on Terror". Part of this year's international Israeli Apartheid Week.
University of Toronto, St. George Campus, Bahen Centre, Room 1180. 7pm. Free.

Pages, EYE Weekly and The Gladstone Hotel present a special This Is Not A Reading Series event showcasing emerging Toronto writer Daniel Scott Tysdal. His story What Is Missing, the first-place winner in EYE Weekly's inaugural short story contest, will be performed by a thespian in the style of an old-time radio broadcast, accompanied by live sound effects.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7pm. Free.

To kick off this year's Black History Month, enjoy an illustrated talk by 2007 Governor General's Award winner, Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost, author of I've Got a Home in Gloryland: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad. The evening will begin with Dr. Smardz Frost's presentation about the researching of her book, and then host Garvia Bailey of the CBC will have an informal discussion with her, followed by an audience question and answer session.
City of Toronto Archives. 7-9pm. Free (but call 416-392-0558 to reserve a ticket).

Join best-selling mystery author Peter Robinson in celebrating cold-blooded Canadian crime writing, at the fifth of a six-part series featuring Canada's top crime writers. Peter will be reading from his latest Inspector Banks novel, Piece of My Heart. Also reading will be N.J. Lindquist, from her baseball heavy-hitter Glitter of Diamonds.
Casa Loma. 7:30pm. Admission $12.00. Pre-registration required- call Lou Seiler at 416-923-1171, ext 205 or 215, or email

This week's Art Bar Poetry Reading Series brings Kurt Zubatiuk, Jay MillAr and Nik Beat. Part of Toronto's WinterCity celebration.
Clinton's. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, February 6th:

Michael Redhill, the author of Consolation (Keep Toronto Reading's One Book), will be signing copies of this year's Toronto Book Award winner.
Nicholas Hoare Books. 1:30pm. Free.
You can discuss Consolation more with Redhill at the North York Central Library Book Club. 6:30pm. Free.

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. This event is part of Toronto Public Library's Keep Toronto Reading program.
Evelyn Gregory Branch. 1:30pm. Free.
Catch her on the 9th at the Malvern Branch. 2pm. Free.

Kevin Annett and aboriginal residential schools survivors speak about the book Hidden From History and discuss their ongoing work with The Truth Commission on Genocide in Canada, using clips from their hard hitting internationally acclaimed documentary Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada's Genocide.
OISE Auditorium. 7-9pm. Free.

The Rowers Pub Reading Series presents Robert J. Sawyer, Sarah Sheard and Priscila Uppal, reading from their latest works.
Rower's Pub. 7:30pm. Free.

Thursday, February 7th:

Journalism professor and book lover Suanne Kelman presents an in-depth look at Keep Toronto Reading's ONE BOOK Consolation.
Brentwood Branch. 2pm. Free.
Beaches Branch. 7pm. Free.

Carol Harrison Reesor will be reading from her book, The Paris Magdalene. Head on over to meet the author and have your copy of the book signed.
WonderWorks. 6:30pm. Free.

Join poet Afua Cooper, radio producer Nick Davis, writer/broadcaster Dalton Higgins, author Rinaldo Walcott, poet Boonaa Mohammed and dub poet d'bi Young as they celebrate Black History Month with two exhibits: A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto, 1850-1860 and The Black Press in Canada West. This event is also part of Keep Toronto Reading.
Toronto Reference Library. 7pm. Free.

Celebrate the launch for the book Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema with a screening of rarely seen 1960s/70s experimental films at 8:00pm, curated by Michael Zryd.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7pm. Free.

Friday, February 8th:

Keep Toronto Reading presents the Diaspora Dialogues with a diverse selection of performances that evoke the complexity of our city. At tonight's session, hear fiction by Lawrence Hill and Clara Ho, poetry by Samantha Bernstein, spoken word by Andrea Thompson, and a staged reading of Letters to My Grandma, written and performed by Anusree Roy, directed by Thomas Morgan Jones. Metro columnist Jill Andrew hosts.
Palmerston Branch. 7pm. Free.

Author H. Nigel Thomas is touring the country for his acclaimed new novel Return to Arcadia. Join him for a reading with discussion to follow.
A Different Booklist. 7:30pm. Free.

Enjoy readings by Lolette Kuby from her collection of short stories, Out of Cleveland; David McGimpsey from his poetry collection, Sitcom, and Jay MillAr from his poetry collection, the small blue, at this installment of the IV Lounge Reading Series.
IV Lounge. 8pm. Free.

Saturday, February 9th:

Karen Patkau, award-winning illustrator of many books for children including Don't Eat Spiders by Robert Heidbreder, and author of Creatures Yesterday and Today, will be reading as part of the Keep Toronto Reading series.
Royal Ontario Museum. 2-4pm. Free.

Join storyteller Carol Ashton and celebrate the joy of reading and science in KidSpark, the Ontario Science Centre's space for kids under eight and their caregivers. Explore the wonder of a starry night sky and a northern cave, make music in a recording studio or discover the properties of liquids in the water-play area. This event is part of Toronto Public Library's Keep Toronto Reading program.
Ontario Science Centre. 2-4pm. Free with admission to the Science Centre.

Monday, February11th:

Check out some great book bargains in the 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.
Finch Station. 12 - 6 pm. Free.

Writers, preservationists and developers debate Toronto's past and future, keeping in theme with KTR's One Book Consolation. Featuring former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall, Toronto Star columnist Christopher Hume, Matthew Blackett, editor of spacing, and developer Brad J. Lamb. Moderated by Matt Galloway.
St. Lawrence Hall, The Great Hall. 7pm. Free.

Latest Videos

Latest Videos

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Books & Lit

Wanna buy a book from the Biblio-mat?

Schwarzenegger seduces fans at Toronto Indigo store

Glad Day 2.0 re-invents itself for the LGBTQ community

10 places Toronto writers go to get inspired

Mjolk's first book is full of wonderfully weird designs

Toronto's back alley beauty gets the book treatment

A first look inside the new home of the Silver Snail

A lesson in the joys of Toronto's messy urbanism