Weekly Roundup, Nov 8-15

BookThug’s weekly roundup brings together workshops, events, readings, and deadlines happening (Friday to Friday) in the GTA. 

Friday November 8

Book Launch: Strip by Andrew Binks | 6:00 p.m. | Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street | Nightwood Editions presents a launch for Andrew Binks’ novel Strip | FREE

Saturday November 9

OTTAWA: Plan 99 Reading Series | 5:00 p.m. | The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street | The Plan 99 Reading Series presents a VERSeFest Fundraiser featuring readers Phil Hall and Eduardo C. Corral | PWYC

35 Years of Growing Imaginations, a Birthday Party for Groundwood Books | 1:00 p.m. | Lillian Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street | An event for readers of all ages, with authors Cary Fagan, Matt James, Griffin Ondaatje, and Cybele Young sharing from their new books, as well as crafts, games, and other entertainment | FREE with RSVP

Toronto Poetry Slam | 8:00 p.m. sign-up at 7:30 | The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West| A night of spoken word battles in which 12 slam poets compete to win $80. Anyone can sign up for the slam or one of the five open mic spots. Featuring | $5

Sunday November 10

Book Launch: Year of the Quiet Sun by Ludwig Zeller | 2:00 p.m. | The Wallflower, 1665 Dundas Street West | Deborah Barnett and Beatriz Hausner of Someone Editions invite you to join in launching Year of the Quiet Sun, a collection of letterpress-printed collages and poetry by Ludwig Zeller | FREE

Monday November 11

Book Launch: ECW’s Fall season | 7:00 p.m. | No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College Street | Join Allison Baggio, Stacey May Fowles, Jennifer LoveGrove, Brian Panhuyzen, Robert Priest, and Robin Richardson as ECW launches their newest fiction and poetry titles | FREE

IFOA Presents: In Conversation with Ann Patchett | 7:30 p.m. | York Quay Centre, Brigantine Room | Award-winning author Ann Patchett reads from and discusses her new book of essays, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, in which she examines the experiences that have shaped her as a daughter, wife and writer. Patchett will be interviewed by author Emma Donoghue | Tickets required for this event: $10, FREE for youth and students

Tuesday November 12

The Art Bar Poetry Series Music and Poetry Night | 8:00 p.m. | Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue | For this special Art Bar evening, local musicians will be reading their music as poetry. Audience members are invited to bring their own favourite songs and step up to the mic to read the lyrics as poetry. No accompaniment! | PWYC

Wednesday November 13

Book Launch: Gross by David Proctor | 7:30 p.m. | Tequila Bookworm, 512 Queen Street West | Meat Locker Editions invites you to join in launching their debut publication, Gross | FREE

Thursday November 14

How to Get Published (2-day workshop) | Nov 14/15, 9:30 a.m. | Humber College Lakeshore Campus, 3199 Lakeshore Boulevard West | An insider’s guide for authors who want to know how to get published, promote themselves, and understand the publishing process. Led by former president and publisher of Penguin, Cynthia Good | Registration required: http://bit.ly/19FYYwX | $375

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