Weekly Roundup November 23-29

Saturday November 23

Launch: Dragnet Issue 9 | 8:00 p.m. | Smiling Buddha Bar, 961 College Street | Featuring readings from Evan Munday, Catriona Wright, and Bardia Sinaee | $5

Sunday November 24

Toronto Poetry Slam | 8:00 p.m., sign up at 7:30 | The Drake Underground, | Twelve slam poets compete against each other for a grand prize of $80, and a chance at being on next season’s Toronto Poetry Slam Team. Open sign-up at 7:30, including sign-up for open mic spots. Featuring Rudy Francisco | $5

LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas | 11:30 a.m. | Oakham House, 55 Gould Street | Join Canadian authors discuss and present topics such as food security, women in a globalizing world, heath activism and disability. This event will also launch the Socialist Register 2013, and feature Canadian booksellers, publishers, and magazines | FREE

Launch: Guernica Editions Winter 2013 | 4:00 p.m. | The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue | Celebrating work from Irene Marques, David Reibetanz, Cyril Dabydeen, Henry Beissel, Patrick Balzamo, Maria Laura Mosco, Patricia Hanley, Anthony Di Renzo, and Lee Skallerup-Bissette | FREE, with books for sale

Tuesday November 26

The Art Bar Poetry Series | 8:00 p.m. | The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue | Featuring readings from, Tanya Evanson, Adeena Karasik, and Sarah Zeiler-Kligman, as well as an open mic | FREE

outrageousTORONTO | 9:00 p.m. | The Central, 603 Markham Street | A new offbeat readings series from Elizabeth Burns, featuring readings from Amika, Nicole Brewer, William Kemp, Eyeda Sophia, and MYselph the Large Animal & The Incredible Sulk, as well as an open mic | FREE

Launch: Exile Editions | 8:15 p.m. | The Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue | Celebrating work from Austin Clarke, Leon Rooke, Christine Miscione, and Vladimir Azarov | FREE, with books for sale

Wednesday November 27

Pivot Reading Series | 8:00 p.m. | The Press Club, | The last Pivot reading of the year, eaturing readings from Nathaniel G. Moore, Marc di Saverio, Souvakham Thammavongsa, and Jacqueline Turner | PWYC

Thursday November 28

Livewords launches BafterC, Rampike, and Cough | 8:00 p.m.  | The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue | Featuring a star cast of readers, including Michael Boughn, Victor Coleman, Jonathan Pappo, Robert Anderson, Mat Laporte, and many more | PWYC

Friday November 29

The Puritan Presents: Black Friday 2013 | 7:30 p.m. | The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street | Celebrate the winners of the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literature, and launch the electronic editions of The Puritan issue 23: Fall 2013. Featuring readings from Puritan staff, contributors, and Thomas Mortan Prize winners | $5

ST CATHARINES: Grey Border Reading Series | 7:00 p.m. | Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street | Featuring readings from David Dowker, Kyle Buckley, Jacqueline Valencia, Gary Barwin, and Liz Worth | PWYC

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