Weekly roundup, October 10-18

BookThug’s weekly roundup brings together workshops, events, readings, and deadlines happening (Friday to Friday) in the GTA. This, our first weekly roundup, also features some special events for Thursday, October 10.

 Featured events:

THURSDAY OCTOBER 10

  • Deadline: Puritan Magazine’s Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence | Fiction up to 12,000 words, poetry up to 3 pages | $10 entry fee
  • Dinner Party With the Poets | 6:30 p.m. | Grano Restaurant, 2035 Yonge Street | Have you ever wanted to attend a dinner party with some of Toronto’s most innovative poets? Share a glass of prosecco and debate the merits of lyric poetry or the perfect line break? Diaspora Dialogues would like to invite you to be a guest at the Poet’s Dinner Party, a special intimate dinner series featuring readings, performances and moderated conversations with some of the city’s most creative people | $50, registration required

FRIDAY OCTOBER 11

  • Ferno House Fall Launch Party | 7:30 p.m. | The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street | Presenting limited-edition chapbooks from Fenn Stewart, Jimmy McInnes, and Ben Ladouceur | FREE

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12

Full roundup:

Thursday October 10

  • Deadline: Puritan Magazine’s Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence | Fiction up to 12,000 words, poetry up to 3 pages | $10 entry fee
  • Palimpsest Press Night | 7:00 p.m. | Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Avenue | Sharon McCartney, Anita Lahey, Marc di Saverio, and more | FREE
  • Dinner Party With the Poets | 6:30 p.m. | Grano Restaurant, 2035 Yonge Street | Have you ever wanted to attend a dinner party with some of Toronto’s most innovative poets? Share a glass of prosecco and debate the merits of lyric poetry or the perfect line break? Diaspora Dialogues would like to invite you to be a guest at the Poet’s Dinner Party, a special intimate dinner series featuring readings, performances and moderated conversations with some of the city’s most creative people | $50, registration required

Friday October 11

  • Ferno House Fall Launch Party | 7:30 p.m. | The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street | Presenting limited-edition chapbooks from Fenn Stewart, Jimmy McInnes, and Ben Ladouceur | FREE

Saturday October 12

  • Deadline: 7th Annual Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem | Maximum entry length of 100 lines | $30 entry fee includes one-year subscription to Descant
  • Toronto Poetry Slam | 8:00 p.m., 7:30 sign-up |  The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West | Three-round slam competition plus open mic, with featured musical guest, The Fugitives |
  • Triple book launch | 7:00 p.m. | Type Books, 883 Queen Street West | Ashley Little launches Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press), Denis E. Bolen launches Black Liquor (Caitlin Press), and Michael Hingston launches The Dilettantes (Freehand Books) | FREE

Tuesday October 15

  • Art Bar Poetry Series | 8:00 p.m. | The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue | Featuring Jane Eaton Hamilton and Marc di Saverio, plus open mic | FREE, donations welcome

Wednesday October 16

  • Pivot Reading Series | 8:00 p.m. | The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West | Featuring Sandra Ridley, Amber McMillan, Anne Compton, and Daniel Karasik | PWYC, suggested donation $5
  • Launch: Descant 162: Masala! | 7:00 p.m. | No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College Street | The Descant Arts & Letters Foundation releases its Fall 2013 issue, in which poetry, fiction, essays, and memoirs explore stories of the Indian diaspora, the scattering of peoples from an ancient civilization to contemporary times. Features readings from Eisha Marjara, Sheniz Janmohamed, and other contributors | FREE

 Thursday October 17

  • Biblioasis at the Garrison (Facebook event) | 7:00 p.m. | The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West | Featuring prose and poetry readers from the Biblioasis Fall list, including Cynthia Flood, Andrew Steinmetz, Lucie Wilk, Mauricio Segura, Norm Sibum, Alexandra Oliver, and Richard Norman | FREE
  • Book launch and readings: Beautiful Outlaw Press | 7:00 p.m. | The Dragon Academy, 35 Prince Arthur Avenue | Features readings of new poetry by Mark Goldstein (Blacktoll), Jaclyn Piudik (Of Gazelles Unheard), and Nick Kaschuk (Taunt for Clara) | FREE
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