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Radar: Joey Comeau in Conversation with Ryan North, Zimoun, Insomniac Press Spring Launch, CanStage presents the List, Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

BOOKS AND LIT | Joey Comeau in Conversation with Ryan North
Fresh from this past weekend's Toronto Comic Arts Festival, two of the city's most original comic strip writers come together in the latest instalment of This Is Not a Reading Series. Joey Comeau is the author behind A Softer World, a strip that's appeared in London's The Guardian newspaper and eschews illustration for photographs accompanied by clever captions. Ryan North is the creator of Dinosaur Comics, the beloved serial that's similarly low on creative illustrations (North's used the same six panels since the comic's inception, he just keeps changing the captions) but high on hilarious wit. North will be interviewing Comeau about his new novel One Bloody Thing After Another, a zombie story about the ethical dilemma you face when your mom turns into a zombie and you either have to kill her or find brains to feed her. Another typical story of teen angst.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, $5 (free with book purchase), 7:30 pm

GALLERY | Zimoun Artist Talk
Swiss-born artist Zimoun specializes in sound installations that create noise using simple mechanical processes. Bits of wire, tiny motors, and metal chains are some of his favourite materials to work with, but at least one of his pieces involved unleashing 25 woodworms on a gnarled stump and amplifying the resultant sound. The noises Zimoun produces are primitive, but also evoke the static of digital culture. Often his creations blend the organic and the mechanic, like the little swarming motors that look like frantic sperm. Basically they're super cool, and you should check them out. Zimoun is at OCAD tonight to discuss his work in a companion event to last night's raster-noton / leerraum [] party at the Drake.
OCAD Central Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Free, 7pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Insomniac Press Spring Launch
In an economic climate that's extremely hostile to independent book publishers, Insomniac Press continues to expand. Its success has been its ability to create niche markets for itself with diverse genres like gay mysteries, black studies texts, personal finance guides, and a celebrity musicians-turned-writers series. Curious moms and dads might want to pick up their informative A Parent's Guide to Street Drugs. Tonight the innovative London, Ontario-based publisher launches its spring titles with a reading from Katrina Best's debut collection of short stories Bird Eat Bird. Best will be joined by poet Jeff Latosik, who won THIS Magazine's Great Literary Hunt 2008 and will be publishing his first book of poetry called Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, and David McFadden, whose Why Are You So Long and Sweet? is not, as you might expect, one of Insomnia's gay mysteries, but rather a collection of long poems.
Magpie, 831 Dundas Street West, Free, 7 pm

THEATRE | CanStage Festival of Ideas and Creation
The Canadian Stage company's Festival of Ideas and Creation rolls into its second day with a reading of the chilling Jennifer Tremblay play The List. The play is in development for Nightwood Theatre's 2010/2011 Season and takes us into the obsessive mind of a woman who may or may not have murdered her neighbour. The answer hinges on one missed item on the woman's to-do list, speaking to themes of crowded modern living and the daily demands of motherhood. The reading will be performed by the stellar Kristen Thomson, who's won multiple Dora Awards for her one-woman show I, Claudia and had a role in the Oscar-nominated Away from Her.
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Free, 7 pm

MUSEUM | Dinosaur Eggs and Babies
You know how whenever you move, you're forced to finally clean out your closet and end up finding all kinds of cool things you forgot you had? Apparently the same thing happens at museums, except they have much more interesting things in their crawlspace than your grade 10 yearbook. In all the shuffle of the construction of the ROM's Michael Lee Chin Crystal, the museum dusted off some amazing artifacts that had rarely, if ever, been seen by the public and have been displaying them as part of their Out of the Vaults series. Currently on display until July 4 are a collection of fossilized dinosaur eggs, the oldest specimens of their kind. The 190 million year old fossils were found in South Africa and depict tiny embryos just on the point of hatching, providing an astounding glimpse at the origins of creatures that would grow to over 20 feet long.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, $14 - $22, Monday to Thursday and Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5:30 pm, Friday 10 am - 9:30 pm

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