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Literary event listings, Sept. 12–18, 2016

George Elliott Clarke (photo: Camelia Linta)

George Elliott Clarke (photo: Camelia Linta)

Word on the Street
The Halifax and Saskatoon editions of the Word on the Street festival take place this weekend, each featuring hundreds of author readings, activities, and an exhibitor marketplace. George Elliott Clarke will appear at the Halifax event, while Saskatoon will host Yann Martel, David Suzuki, and Biff Naked. thewordonthestreet.ca

Saturday, Sept. 17, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 23rd St. E. and 4th Ave. N., 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Vancouver Poetry Slam: Poetry slam competition with guest performers. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr., Vancouver. 8 p.m. $5


André Alexis: Launch of Alexis’s new novel, The Hidden Keys. Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., Toronto. 6 p.m. Free

Rowers Pub Reading Series: With Heather J. Wood, Megan Swaine, Sue Bownes, Jennifer D. Foster, Ian Burgham, David Clink, and Catherine Graham. Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto. 6:30 p.m. Free. rowerspubreadingseries.com

Vancouver Story Slam: Ten storytellers share original stories. With Al Tee, Alexis Sugden, Angel Strange, Carmy Stubbs, Jo Dworschak, Johnny Scoop, Mark Bondyra, Patricia Morrison, Richard Veto, and Shlomo McPeake. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St., Vancouver. 8 p.m. $5


Brockton Writers Series: With Madhur Anand, Jeremy Hanson-Finger
, Shane Joseph, 
Phoebe Wang, and Natasha Powell. Full of Beans, 1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto. 6:30 p.m. PWYC

Rebecca Diem: Signing her new book, Tales of the Captain Duke: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Page & Panel, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto. 6 p.m. Free. rebeccadiem.com/events


Eden Mills Festival: The annual southwestern Ontario town festival kicks off with readings by Nicholas Ruddock and Sarah Mian. Weekend highlights include a talk with Alexandre Trudeau and readings by more than 40 authors including Helen Humphreys, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Phil Hall, and Liz Howard. Eden Mills, various locations and times. $10-$25. emwritersfestival.wordpress.com

Elizabeth Gillan Muir: Discussing her new book, Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Fight. Richview Public Library, 1806 Islington Ave., Toronto. 7 p.m.

Rebecca Diem: Reading from her new book, Tales of the Captain Duke: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Death Valley’s Little Brother, 84 King St. N., Waterloo, Ont. 7 p.m. Free. rebeccadiem.com/events


Rebecca Diem: Reading from her new book, Tales of the Captain Duke: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Ginger Press Bookstore & Café, 848 2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 7 p.m. Free. rebeccadiem.com/events


John Laschinger: Signing his new book, Campaign Confessions. Indigo, 2300 Yonge St., Toronto. 1 p.m.

Melody Fitzpatrick: Reading from her new book, Hannah Smart. Halifax Central Library, BMO Room, 5440 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax. 1 p.m.

Michael Mirolla: Book signing. Chapters Square One, 189 Rathburn Rd. W., Mississauga, Ont. 12 p.m.


Christopher Dewdney: Reading. High Park, Toronto. 2 p.m. $15

Farzana Doctor: Discussing her book All Inclusive. Word on the Street Saskatoon. 311-23 St. E., Saskatoon. 2:45 p.m.

Robert Fowler: Launching his book Combat Mission Kandahar. Black Squirrel Books & Café, 1073 Bank St., Ottawa. 6:30 p.m.

Robin Esrock: Discussing his book The Great Canadian Prairies Bucket List. Word on the Street Saskatoon, 311-23 St. E., Saskatoon. 12:30 p.m.

Toronto Poetry Slam: Spoken word competition, with yes the poet. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto. 8 p.m. $7. torontopoetryslam.com

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