Toronto's Literary Events: June 3-9, 2008

In this week's roundup of Toronto's literary events: celebrating 100 years of Anne of Green Gables, a gathering of mystery readers and writers, exploring the city's small presses, and the book trailer for Toronto Noir.

Tuesday, June 3rd:

Gregory Betts, Nathan Whitlock, Tanya Runyen, Joe Rosenblatt and Norman Snider will be reading at the Dora Keogh Irish Pub, while Esther Mazakian, Katia Grubisic and Rocco de Giacomo will take the mic at Clinton's for the weekly Art Bar Poetry Series.

Over at the MacMillan Theatre at the University of Toronto, seven finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize will read their selected works.

Wednesday, June 4th:

The presentation ceremony for the Canadian Jewish Book Awards go down at the Koffler Centre of the Arts on Wednesday night.

Michelle Miller launches her book Branding Miss G__: Third Wave Feminists & The Media with a discussion, reading, and musical guests at the Free Times Cafe on Wednesday evening.

Thursday, June 5th:

BookThug hosts the launch for Slightly Left of Thinking by Steve McCaffery and Implexures by Karen MacCormack at the Cameron House on Thursday evening.

If you're willing to escape the city for an evening, get international on Thursday night with an event featuring readings and performance by Jaap Blonk (Netherlands), Adeena Karasick (New York), Gary Barwin (Hamilton) and Gregory Betts (St. Catharines) as part of the Grey Borders Reading Series in St. Catharines.

Friday, June 6th:

Peter Robinson, RM Vaughan and Andrew Pyper tell their stories about the Toronto many people don't see at the Toronto Noir Big Event at the World's Biggest Book Store on Friday night. Check out the book trailer for Toronto Noir, which was published last month:

Also on Friday night, the IV Lounge Reading Series features Maxianne Berger, Jason Camlot and Alessandro Porco, and Bloody Words VIII, Canada's largest gathering of mystery readers and writers running at the Eaton Centre Downtown Marriott for the whole weekend, kicks off on Friday evening.

Saturday, June 7th:

The Toronto Small Press Book Fair celebrates its 21st year highlighting the work of Toronto's small presses this Saturday at the Miles Nadal JCC on Saturday. Christopher Dewdney, Moez Surani, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, Emma Donoghue, Sky Gilbert, Nathaniel G. Moore, Gianna Patriarca, Valentino Assenza, Shawn Parker, Anna Camilleri, Edward Brown, David Clink, Clara Blackwood and Catherine Graham will perform at the event.

Pasha Malla, one of my favorite writers, joins Elyse Friedman and Caroline Adderson at the Festival of the Short Story as part of the Luminato festivities at the Toronto Reference Library. The TPL Morningside Branch will host a talk by Elizabeth MacLeod that same afternoon in order to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables.

Sunday, June 8th:

Peter Birkemoe, owner of The Beguiling, will host a panel discussion on the political graphic novel at the Al Green Theatre on Sunday as part of the Luminato festivities. The panel will feature author and illustrators Bernice Eisenstein, Spain Rodriguez, Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman.

Monday, June 9th:

Anthony DeSa, Caroline Adderson and Russell Smith keep rocking the mic at the TPL Parkdale Branch during the Festival of the Short Story as part of the Luminato festivities on Monday afternoon. Later that evening, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie reads from his new novel, The Enchantress of Florence, at the Danforth Music Hall.

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