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Canadian literary event roundup: May 25-31

  • Charity book sale, St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Vancouver (May 25, 6 p.m., free)
  • Heather Grace Stewart reads from her poetry collection Carry on Dancing at the Novel Idea Bookstore, Kingston, ON (May 25, 7 p.m.)
  • Wayne Arthurson reads from his novel A Killing Winter at Pages on Kensington, Calgary (May 25, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Literary Tent readings featuring Ken Fox, Brenda Niskala, Barbara Kahan, Mitch Spray, Kathleen Wall, Alison Lohans, Shayna Stock, and more at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Regina (May 26, 11:30 a.m.)
  • Liz Feltham launches Chowders and Soups at Chapters Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth, N.S. (May 26, 1 p.m.)
  • Dorothy Duncan launches Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst at the Orillia Museum, Orillia, ON (May 26, 1 p.m.)
  • Brian Henry presents How to Write a Bestseller workshop, Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, Gravenhurst, ON (May 26, 1 p.m., $37 advance tickets, $40 at the door)
  • Shezza Ansloos’ launch of I Loved Her at McNally Robinson, Winnipeg (May 26, 2 p.m.)
  • Elora Writers’ Festival featuring readings from Erin Bow, Robert Hough, Ken McGoogan, Keith Ross Leckie, Howard Shrier, Carolyn Smart, Wellington County Museum, Elora and Fergus, ON (May 27, 1 p.m., $15 advance, $17.50 at door)
  • Tyne Brown launches Driftwood Dragons at the George Wright House, Halifax (May 27, 2 p.m., free)
  • Erin Knight reads from her poetry collection Chaser, Audreys Books, Edmonton (May 27, 2 p.m.)
  • Reading and signing with Dennis Lee at the Alligator Pie relaunch party, Type Books (Queen West), Toronto (May 27, 2 p.m.)
  • Hear Hear 17 reading series featuring Spin el poeta, Jef Kearns, Jamaias DaCosta, and James from the Songs at the Supermarket, Toronto (May 30, 6:30 p.m., $5)
  • Hattie Dyck reads from Nova Scotia Ghosts and Great Stories, Pictou Public Library Seniors Café, New Glasgow, N.S. (May 28, 10 a.m., free)
  • Mark Dillon launches Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs that Tell Their Story, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (May 28, 7 p.m., $5 or free with book purchase)
  • Jim Makichuk launches Emperor of Mars at McNally Robinson, Winnipeg (May 28, 7 p.m.)
  • Judy Rebick reads from Occupy This!, Old YMCA, Calgary (May 29, 7 p.m.)
  • Ali Kazimi in conversation with Audrey Macklin for the launch of Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (May 29, 7 p.m., $5 or free with book purchase)
  • City of Regina Writing Awards to honour 2012 winner David Sealy, Wascana Centre, Regina (May 29, 7:30 p.m., free)
  • Dr. Alderson’s Ultimate Book Launch Party at Ten Nightclub, Calgary (May 30, 6 p.m.)
  • Curtis Gillespie launches his fourth book, Almost There: The Family Vacation, Then and Now, at Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe, Edmonton (May 30, 7 p.m., free)
  • Used book sale, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (May 31, 10 a.m., free)
  • Ottawa Independent Writers Association spring retreat and workshop, Marguerite Centre, Pembroke, ON (May 31, 12 p.m., $285 for members, $340 for non-members)
  • James Little lectures on Charles Dickens and reads Train Ride from his collection Could Be: New Fiction, Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, Westmount, QC (May 31, 12:30 p.m., free)