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Literary event listings: Oct. 24–30, 2016

International Festival of Authors
Oct. 20–30
IFOA features 11 days of readings, interviews, round-table discussions, and public book signings. The festival’s 37th edition spotlights graphic novelists, contemporary Irish writers, and various works of non-fiction, complementing a diverse lineup of fiction and poetry. This year’s lineup includes Michel Winter, Catherine Bush, Seth, Alison Pick, André Alexis, and more. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Full schedule: ifoa.org/events.


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


Art Bar Poetry Series: With Al Moritz, Donna Langevin, and Ariane Blackman, plus open mic. Free Times Café, 320 College St., Toronto. 8 p.m. $5. www.artbar.org

Breakwater Fall Fiction Launch: With Robert Chafe, Glenn Deir, Charlie Tomlinson, Ed Riche, Lisa Moore, Aiden Flynn, Berni Stapleton, and Andy Jones. Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street, St. John’s, Nfld. 7 p.m.

Palimpsest Press Fall Book Launch: With M. Travis Lane, Julie Cameron Gray, Jamie Tennant, and Dorothy Mahoney. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto. 7 p.m. Free

 Steven Price: Launching his latest mystery novel, By Gaslight. A Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust St., Burlington, Ont. 7 p.m. $5. litontour.com


André Alexis and Takashi Hiraide: Reading from their recent works. Ralph Campbell Lounge, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto. 7 p.m. $10. litontour.com

Ghost Story Slam Invitational: Vancouver Poetry Slam vs. Vancouver Story Slam. Costumes encouraged. Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr., Vancouver. 8 p.m. $10

Holly Crichton: Reading by the author of No Way to Run. Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave. N.W., Edmonton. 7 p.m. Free

Kay Johnston: Launching the book The Amazing Mazie Baker: The Squamish Nation’s Warrior Elder. North Vancouver Museum & Archives, 3203 Institute Rd., North Vancouver. 5:30 p.m. Free

L’Amour Stinks: With Martine Delvaux, David Home (translator). Hosted by Katia Grubisic. Concordia University, Room LB 619, Montreal. 6 p.m.

Sound & Verse: With Phil Hall, Maureen Hynes, Sylvia Legris, Anne Michaels, and Mark Wagenaar. Studio Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. 8 p.m.


Bryan Cranston: In conversation with the actor and author of the memoir A Life in Parts. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Toronto. 8 p.m. $45

Kara-lee MacDonald: Launching the book Eating Matters. Northern Lights College Atrium, 9820-120 Ave., Fort St. John, B.C. 7 p.m. Free

Rob Taylor: Launching his new poetry collection, The News, with guests Karen Solie, Aislinn Hunter, Raoul Fernandes. WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St., Vancouver. 7 p.m. Free

True Arab Love: Book launch with Issa J. Boullaa and others. Librairie Bertrand, 430 Rue Saint Pierre, Montreal. 6 p.m.


Joy Kogawa: In conversation with Olivia Chow and Bishop Patrick Yu. Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, 130 St. George St., Toronto. 4 p.m. Free

Penny Goldsmith: Launching the book Storming the Digital Divide: The PovNet Story. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto. 7 p.m. Free


Canzine: Annual festival of zines and underground culture. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto. 1–7 p.m. Free. brokenpencil.com/canzine-toronto


Michael Casteel, Ben Ladouceur, Rob Taylor: Poetry Reading. Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton, Ontario. 3 p.m.

Send listings for any Canadian literary events to events@quillandquire.com. Please include within the body of your email: name of event/featured author, a brief description, venue, street address, city, start time, cost of admission, and contact phone number or website. Q&Q is happy to list general information for literary festivals, but cannot list individual sessions. Events must be received by noon Thursday for the following week’s listings.