Past Events

June 26, 2016 - 2:30pm

Art and poetry share a long and rich history, from the visual poetry experiments of the modernist avant-garde to the association of the Beat Generation with artists like Andy Warhol. Today, this conversation continues, with artists and poets borrowing freely from one another and often active in both areas.

June 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

Playwrights Guild of Canada, in partnerships with Coach House Books, Playwrights Canada Press, Talonbooks, and Scirocco Drama, presents eight readings by some of Canada’s most well-known playwrights. Catch a glimpse of theatre behind the curtain as playwrights read their own words.

June 15, 2016 (All day)

The Canadian Writers' Summit will be a four-day extravaganza of professional development sessions, keynote talks, pedagogy and policy discussions, scholarly presentations, public lectures, networking opportunities and social gatherings at Toronto's beautiful Harbourfront Centre. #CWS2016 will also include a day of fascinating programming from the annual Book Summit, which focuses on the publishing sector.

June 13, 2016 - 8:00pm

ASK & ANSWER features award-winning, multidisciplinary artists Chase Joynt and Vivek Shraya, presenting their new books—Joynt’s first book You Only Live Twice (Coach House), and Shraya’s debut collection of poetry, even this page is white (Arsenal Pulp).

June 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

ACROSS No. 3 presents six fabulous writers: NICOLE MARKOTIC, ANDREA THOMPSON, SUSAN HOLBROOK, MARGARET CHRISTAKOS, BETSY WARLAND & SACHIKO MURAKAMI. All of the authors are reading from new books or very recent books, and the evening will launch copies for sale and signing. As well, the evening presents a special polyvocal performance by the 8-voice improvisational ensemble NEW LINEAGE.

June 10, 2016 - 5:30pm

Ken Sparling's new novel in verse, This Poem Is a House is a meditative and magical exploration of the ways we love. On June 10th he will be reading from the book alongside his editor Derek McCormack and the book's illustrator Wenting Li. Join them as they share this enchanting story and attempt to answer the question: If love is a house, how do we arrange the furniture?

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June 7, 2016 - 10:30am

The inimitable Lisa Robertson will be heading to the Netherlands this June for the 47th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam. The Poetry International Foundation aims to present quality poetry from the Netherlands and worldwide to an international readership, encouraging poetry translation, stimulating the international exchange of knowledge about poetry, and facilitating an international community of poe

June 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Three Lambda Literary Award finalists are gathering together the night before the big awards ceremony in New York to read from their nominated works! Poet Ben Ladouceur (Otter) will be joined by Stephanie Gray and Ralph Josiah Bardsley for a night of unforgettable poetry and prose at Unnameable Books. 


May 28, 2016 - 4:30pm

Join editor John Lorinc and contributor Fatima Syed of Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity as they take part in the 2016 Cycle on The Reading Line:Books on Bathurst event taking place on May 28, 2016 along a section of Bathurst Street in downtown Toronto.

May 28, 2016 - 10:00am

Shawn Micallef discusses The Trouble with Brunch and other urban concerns as a part of the University of Toronto's Spring Reunion series of events.

Apparently, brunch will be served, but it's not yet clear whether the author will partake.