MONDAY, AUGUST 22
Vancouver Poetry Slam: Poetry slam competition with guest performers. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr., Vancouver. 8 p.m. $5
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
Philippa Dowding: Reading from her forthcoming book, Carter and the Curious Maze. Bloor and Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor St. W., Toronto. 2 p.m.
Poetry in the Park: With Raoul Fernandes and Johnny Macray, featuring an open mic. Queen’s Park Bandshell, 529 Queen’s Park Ave., New Westminster, B.C. 6 p.m. Free. poetryinthepark.com
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
Above/ground press: 23rd anniversary readings by poets including Braydon Beaulieu, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Sharon Harris. Steady Cafe & Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W., Toronto. 7:30 p.m. $5
IFOA Goes to The Ex: Robert Sawyer and Sylvain Neuvel discuss all things science fiction. Enercare Centre Wine Garden, Toronto. 6 p.m. Free with CNE entrance.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
Liam Card: Participating in What’s Your Story, Scarborough? Scarborough Arts, 1859 Kingston Rd., Toronto. 1 p.m.
Philippa Dowding: Reading from her forthcoming book, Carter and the Curious Maze. Exhibition Place, KidsWorld stage, Toronto. 4 p.m. Free with CNE entrance.
Raw Refrains: With Shannon Webb-Campbell. Abbey Café, Monastery Spa & Suites, 63 Patrick St., St. John’s, Nfld. 7 p.m.
Rebecca Diem: Launching Tales of the Captain Duke: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Tequila Bookworm, 512 Queen St. W., Toronto. 8:30 p.m. Free. rebeccadiem.com/events/
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Toronto Poetry Slam: Spoken word competition featuring special guest poet Mahlikah Aweri. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto. 8 p.m. $7. torontopoetryslam.com
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