HIJ House Reading Series

BookThug presents HIJ House Reading Series
Curated by BookThug’s own Jay MillAr and Hazel Millar

Many moons ago, BookThug founder Jay MillAr and Managing Editor & Publicist Hazel Millar published a journal called HIJ. It came out every two weeks in tiny editions, bound in silk-screened or handmade rubber-stamped print covers. Each issue featured new writing from a variety of contributors. After five issues, however, HIJ (or perhaps Hazel and Jay) collapsed in a heap.

In January 2014, Jay and Hazel decided to resurrect the HIJ journal and pair it with a new salon style reading series to be held at cozy BookThug HQ in West Toronto. Thus, HIJ was born (reborn). HIJ House Reading Series are held. Each event features two writers-one prose and one poet-who read their work in a salon style setting followed by an author Q&A. New issues of HIJ, featuring previously unpublished work by the readers, are available for purchase each month. And because they wholeheartedly agree that readings go better with pie, Hazel bakes a whole bunch of homemade pies for each event as well.


Besides being publishers MillAr and Millar are first and foremost readers and lovers of the written word. HIJ House Reading Series is not a platform to present readings by BookThug authors (although they may on occasion invite a Thug to read). It is instead an opportunity for Jay and Hazel to share the work of writers they like and to celebrate the publishers who made their books available to read and enjoy. After all, BookThug is one piece of the cultural landscape, and Jay and Hazel are fans too!

In 2014, HIJ hosted a buzzillion outstanding authors over the course of 2014, including Fenn Stewart, Mat Laporte, Liz Howard, Daniel Canty, Jenny Sampirisi, Pasha Malla, Ian Williams, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Songs for Runaway Girls featuring Guadalupe Muro, Jessica Lynn Bozek, Julie Joosten, Jimmy McInnes, Stevie Howell, Laurie D Graham, Brian Francis, Jennifer LoveGrove, Adam Dickinson, Jacob McArthur Mooney, and Martha Baillie.

HIJ House Reading Series 2015/16 Season:

Sunday September 20, 2015
HIJ House Reading Series #15 with Miriam Toews and Phil Hall
For more information or to RSVP visit https://www.facebook.com/events/943848615687747/

Sunday November 15, 2015
HIJ House Reading Series #16, Supersized, with Jeramy Dodds, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, George Murray and Karen Solie
For more information or to RSVP visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1658927381031845/

Sunday January 24, 2016
HIJ House Reading Series presents HIJ #17 with Catherine Bush, Damian Rogers and Rachel Rose.
For more information or to RSVP visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1649869238587557/

Sunday March 20, 2016
HIJ House Reading Series presents HIJ #18 with Lisa Robertson, Liz Howard and Margaret Christakos.
For more information or to RSVP visit https://www.facebook.com/events/201350523559982/

Sunday May 29, 2016
HIJ House Reading Series presents HIJ #19 with Vivek Shraya, Carolyn Smart and Jacqueline Valencia.
More info coming soon.

HIJ House Reading Series 2016/17 Season:

Sunday October 2, 2016
HIJ House Reading Series presents HIJ #2o with Andre Alexis, Gary Barwin and Alissa York
For more info, or to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699954650225218/

Sunday November 27, 2016
HIJ House Reading Series presents HIJ #21 with Charlene Diehl, Cherie Dimaline, and Souvankham Thammavongsa
For more info, or to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1304314562946277/

All readings take place at:

BookThug HQ
Address: 260 Ryding Avenue, Toronto, ON
Time: 2:00-5:00 PM

Free. A hat will be passed for the authors. All are welcome.