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Toronto's new gay lit fest

A new Toronto literary fest focused on gay and lesbian literature kicks off this Sunday. Writing Outside the Margins, organized by Xtra magazine, features a day-long lineup of readings by various authors, including Nalo Hopkinson, Jim Bartley, and Q&Q contributor Michael Rowe. There’s some preview coverage in the Toronto Star, where publishing reporter Vit Wagner wonders whether the event is “a celebration of queer writing or gay authorship.” (That is, whether the focus is on books with gay themes or books that happen to be by gay writers.) Organizer John Pressick tells Wagner, “For our purposes, we chose not to make that distinction.”