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Literary event listings: Nov. 7–13, 2016


Scotiabank Giller Light Bash: Fundraiser for Frontier College. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., Toronto. 7 p.m. $30–$40.

Vallum: Magazine and chapbook launch, with Jeramy Dodds, Megan Callahan, Greg Santos, Amanda Earl, Ilona Martonfi, and Jay Ritchie. The Emerald, 5295 Parc Av., Montreal. 6:30 p.m.

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 Claire Kelly, David Clink, and Jessica Hiemstra, plus an open mic. Free Times Café, 320 College St., Toronto. 8 p.m. $5. artbar.org

David L. Bashow: Launching his new book, All The Fine Young Eagles. Novel Idea, 156 Princess St., Kingston, Ont. 7 p.m.


Brockton Writers Series: With Louise Bak, Pratap Reddy, Olive Senior, Bänoo Zan, and Suzanne Sutherland. Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto. 6:30 p.m. PWYC

Mansfield Press Fall Launch: Launching new books by Meaghan Strimas, Stephen Brockwell, and Pier Giorgio Di Cicco. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., Toronto. 7 p.m.

Invisible Fall Launch: Launching new books by Michelle Winters, Shari Kasman, and Michael e. Casteels. Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave., Toronto. 7:30 p.m.

Shelley Peterson: Signing copies of her YA books. Royal Agricultural and Winter Fair, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto. 3 p.m.


BookThug Fall Launch: With Erin Wunker, Devon Code, Sandra Ridley, Moez Surani, David Goldstein, Kate Sutherland, Mat Laporte, and Aimee Wall. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., Toronto. 7 p.m.

Jeremy Grimaldi: Launching his book A Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story. Mata Bar, 1690 Queen St. W., Toronto. 7 p.m.

Jessica Hiemstra and Concetta Principe: Launching their books The Holy Nothing and Hiroshima: A War Story. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto. 7 p.m. anotherstory.ca


Elinor Florence: Signing copies of her novel Bird’s Eye View. Indigo, Signal Hill, 5570 Signal Hill Centre S.W., Calgary. 12 p.m.


Exchanging Notes Interview Series: With Farzana Doctor, discussing the writer’s life and craft. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto. 2 p.m.

Nightwood Editions, Anvil Press, and Caitlin Press Group Launch: With Catherine Owen, Amber McMillan, Adele Barclay and Nathaniel G. Moore. Gumboot Café, 1053 Roberts Creek Rd., Roberts Creek, B.C. 7 p.m.

Sarah Marie Wiebe: Launching her book Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley. Another Story Bookshop
, 315 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto. 5:30 p.m.

Robert Fowler: Signing his book Combat Mission Kandahar: The Canadian Experience in Afghanistan. Coles Books, Pembroke Mall, 1100 Pembroke St. E., Pembroke, Ont. 12 p.m.


Dead Poets Reading Series: With Christine Lowther, D.N. Simmers, Jennifer Zilm, Richard Therrien, and George Stanley. Vancouver Public Library, 350, West Georgia St., Vancouver. 3 p.m. Free. www.deadpoetslive.com

Peter Kirby and Michael Blair: Meeting with the authors of Open Season and True Believers. Chapters Pointe-Claire, 6321, autoroute Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, Que. 12 p.m.

Michael Mirolla: Reading and discussion. Oakville Literary Café, Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., Oakville, Ont. 2 p.m.

Randa Jarrar: Launching the book Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto. 5 p.m.

Sydney Sharpe and Don Braid: Signing their book Notley Nation. Chapters Strathcoma, 10504 82 Ave., Edmonton. 12 p.m.

Toronto Poetry Slam: Spoken word competition, with special guest Fannon. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. 8 p.m. $7. (416) 312-3865

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.