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Literary event listings: May 30–June 5, 2016

FEATURED EVENT

Prose in the Park Literary Festival and Book Fair
June 3–4
The Ottawa Independent Writers presents the Prose in the Park, a bilingual literary festival and book fair, with George Elliot Clarke, Xue Yiwei, Steven Heighton, Vera Wabegijig, Heather O’Neill, Charles de Lint, Cecil Foster, Andrew Pyper, Caroline Pignat, Saleema Nawaz, Myrtelle Devilmé and more. Poetic Prelude poetry readings take place on June 3 at Origin Studio, 57 Lyndale Ave., 6:30–9 p.m., with the festival and book fair the following day, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Parkdale Park. Full schedule: proseinthepark.com

MONDAY, MAY 30

Jim Lynch: Reading from his book Before the Wind. Mulberry Bush Book Store, 102-280 East Island Highway, Parksville, B.C. 7 p.m. Free

(un)told storytelling open mic: Open mic readings. Heart & Crown, 67 Clarence St., Ottawa. 8 p.m. Free

Poetic Intentions: Readings. Chez Lucien, 137 Murray St., Ottawa. 9 p.m. Free

TUESDAY, MAY 31

Art Bar Poetry Series: Dane Swan, Paulina O’Kieffe. Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., Toronto. 8 p.m. PWYC

Agata Tuszynska: Reading from and discussing her latest work, Family History of Fear: A Memoir. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto. 7:30 p.m. ifoa.org

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

Comedy Slam: Spoken word poetry competition featuring 2016 Toronto Poetry Slam Team. Supermarket, 258 Augusta Ave. Toronto. 8 p.m. $10. torontopoetryslam.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

TWS Reading Series: Betsy Warland and more. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St., Vancouver. 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

Taddle Creek: Summer launch party, with Michael e. Casteels, Jess Taylor, and Jessica Westhead. Art by Lou Skuce. Jet Fuel Coffee Shop, 519 Parliament St., Toronto. 8:30 p.m. Free. taddlecreekmag.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Anita Arvast: Launching her new book, What Killed Jane Creba. Wickies Pub, 274 Burton Ave., Barrie, Ontario. 3 p.m.

Ottawa Zine Fair: Dozens of zine makers on display. Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., Ottawa. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PWYC

Thao Lam and Mahak Jain: Launching their new books, Skunk on a String and Maya. Toronto Public Library Lillian H. Smith Branch, 239 College St., Toronto. 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Draft Reading Series: Andrew J. Borkowski, Caitlin Galway, Mia Herrera, Deepa Shankaran, Sam Shelstad, Terry Trowbridge and Jade Wallace. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E. Toronto. 2:30 p.m.

Send listings for any Canadian literary events to events@quillandquire.com.