Events – 2016

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DECEMBER 20, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Puneet Dutt, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Suparna Ghosh plus an open mic (register ahead of time) with host TBA.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

DECEMBER 19, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

DECEMBER 15, 2016 in WINDSOR: Biblioasis 2016 Holiday Schmoozer is an open house celebration of the Holidays with readings, food, beverages and more. 7 p.m. 1520 Wynandotte St. East.

DECEMBER 14, 2106 in SARNIA: Cadence Reading Series presents an open mic followed by a featured reading by Corinne Wasilweski, author of the novel Live From The Underground (Mansfield Press, 2015) and local poet David D Plain, author of Poems from an Eclectic Mind (Trafford Publishing, 2016) Entertainment by local musician Chad Cusack. 7 to 10 p.m. Coffee Lodge Canada, 400 Exmouth Street.

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DECEMBER 13, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series changes venue for Dead Poets Society Night with Rowers Reading Series at the Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave.

DECEMBER 12, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

DECEMBER 8, 2016 in LONDON: Couplets: Episode 7, a collaborative poetry reading by anchor poet Jason Dickson and wildcard poet Kevin Heslop. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. UnLondon, 211 King St.

DECEMBER 7, 2016 in TORONTO: Book Launch of Stone Woman, a novel that relives Toronto’s 1967 Summer of Love by Bianca Lakoseljac 7 p.m. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave.

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DECEMBER 7, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents Stratford poet and featured guest David Stones 7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

DECEMBER 6, 2016 in TORONTO: The Rowers Pub Reading Series with Frances Boyle, Charlene Challenger, Robert Colman, and May Lou Dickinson 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue.

DECEMBER 6, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Valentino Assenza, Elana Wolff, and Marsha Barber plus an open mic (register ahead of time) with host TBA.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

DECEMBER 4, 2016 in WINDSOR: The First Annual Master Mouth-Off Event featuring 6 Master Mouthpieces plus two guest storytellers: Satori Shakoor and Dameon Wilburn. 7 p.m. The Rondo, 63 Pitt St. East, above La Guardia Restaurant.

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DECEMBER 4, 2016 in TORONTO: Guernica Editions “No Borders, No Limits” December Delights. A celebration the launch of several books: Mankind & Other Stories of Women by Marianna Ackerman; Max’s Folly by Bill Turpin, Tidy Fury by Brenda Clews, The Examined Life by Luciano Iacobelli,  Clark Blaise: The Interview by J. R. (Tim) Sturthers (Editor), Clarke Blaise: Essays on His Works by J. R. (Time) Sturthers (Editor), Maniac Drifter by Laura Marello, and Canticles I:mmxvi by George Elliott Clarke.

DECEMBER 3, 2016 in SUDBURY: Brand New Poetry features Kim Fahner, Roger Nash, and Julie Cameron Gray. 2 p.m. Fromagerie Elgin, 5 Cedar Street.

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DECEMBER 3, 2016 in SARNIA: Retired astronaut Chris Hatfield returns to Sarnia with another out-of-this-world book signing with The Darkest House, an illustrated children’s book. Hosted by The Book Keeper 1 to 3 p.m. at DeGroots Nurseries, 1840 London Line. Only those with specially marked books with numbers will be allowed in line for signing.

DECEMBER 2, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” First Friday edition at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 6 to 9 p.m.

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 in TORONTO: The Pivot Reading Series (every other Wednesday) features Adele Barclay, Sheri Benning, Mat Laporte, and Eric Beck Rubin.  8 p.m. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St. W. Admission: Pay what you can

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Ian Williams 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

NOVEMBER 29, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Michael Mirolla, Alana P. Cook, and Concetta Principe plus an open mic (register ahead of time) with host TBA.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

NOVEMBER 29, 2016 in TORONTO: The Toronto launch of Room issues 39.3 “Canadian Gothic” and 39.4 “This Body’s Map” 7 to 9 p.m. The Steady Café & Bar, 1051 Bloor Street West.

NOVEMBER 29, 2016 in SARNIA: Ignite Sarnia presents Shadows and Light, an evening of personal stories about leaving home and new discoveries from Lambton College’s international students. 7 to 9 p.m. Sarnia Library Theatre, 124 Christina St. South.

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NOVEMBER 29, 2016 in TORONTO: Quattro Books Presents a Fall Fiction Launch: Between Rothko and 3 Windows by Corrado Paina/Damiano Pietropaolo; Too Much Light For Samuel Gaska by Jonathan Kaplansky; and The Tamil Dream by Koom Kankesan. Doors open at 7 p.m. Readings start at 7:30 p.m. The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave.

NOVEMBER 29, 2016 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLV – 4th anniversary presents featured poets Anne Michaels & Bassam, featured musician Caroline Brown, and an open mic Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St.

NOVEMBER 28, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 27, 2016 in TORONTO: Poets Michael Fraser, Banoo Zan, and Lata Swan are featured guests at Toronto’s 3rd Annual Festival of House Culture. The event will include a poetry and music salon with Q & A and open mic. 3 to 6 p.m. Sheilagh’s House, 16 Ridley Gardens. Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 27, 2016 in SARNIA: Sarnia author Diana Koch launches Prime Time, her first collection of short stories, 2 to 3 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street

NOVEMBER 27, 2016 in TORONTO: The Ontario Poetry Society presents “The Winter WarmUp Poetry Fest” Members’ Reading and Open Mic, 12 noon, Bar Italia, 582 College Street. Sign-up at the door.

NOVEMBER 26, 2016 in LONDON: Book signing of Barbaric Cultural Practice by Penn Kemp and the launch of two anthologies Women & Multimedia PLUS  Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets from The Living Archives Series. 2 to 4 p.m. Brown & Dickson, 609 Richmond Street.

NOVEMBER 26, 2016 in DUNDAS: Books and Sounds Book Launch of A Vole On A Roll, poems by Nelson Ball with illustrations by Jonarno Lawson Both Ball and Lawson will be in attendance. Catherine Stevenson will read from the book. 1 to 2 p.m. The Printed Word, 69 King Street West.  Admission free.

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 in TORONTO: Poets Ashley Elizabeth-Best, Spencer Butt, James Lindsay, and Vanessa Shields and musician Pat Robitaille will be featured. 7 to 9 p.m. The Steady Café and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W.

NOVEMBER 23, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Evan Munday 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

NOVEMBER 22, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Allan Briesmaster, Cathy Charlie Petch, and Dina Cox plus an open mic (register ahead of time) with host TBA.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

NOVEMBER 21, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

NOVEMBER 21, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 19, 2016 in OTTAWA: The launch of Memory and Loss: A Canadian Anthology of Poetry edited and compiled by I. B. Iskov. Readings from the book by some of the contributors including Ottawa poets Ronnie R. Brown, Blaine Marchand, Susan McMasater, Gerry Mooney, Jaice Falls and Glenn Kletke.  Music by Ottawa musicians Anne Hurley and Jim Videto. 7 to 8 p.m. Dinner and socializing; Showtime: 8 p.m.  Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue; Presented by Ink Bottle Press and The Ontario Poetry Society.

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NOVEMBER 19, 2016 in ST. CATHARINES: The Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch presents “You Can Write Your Life Stories” with editor and creative writing instructor Carolyn R. Wilker. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Catharines Public Library – Rotary/Bankers Room. Pre-registration by November 12 required.

NOVEMBER 18, 2016 in TORONTO: The launch of Memory and Loss: A Canadian Anthology of Poetry edited and compiled by I. B. Iskov. Readings from the book by some of the contributors Music by Ottawa musicians Anne Hurley and Jim Videto. 7 to 8 p.m. Dinner and socializing; Showtime: 8 p.m.  The Hothouse Restaurant and Bar, 25 Church Street; Presented by Ink Bottle Press and The Ontario Poetry Society.

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NOVEMBER 17, 2016 in SARNIA: Comedian and poet John Wing Jr. presents his new poetry book I’ll Be There Soon. 7 to 9 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 in COBOURG: Cobourg Poetry Workshop presents An Evening With Poetry featuring Wally Keeler and Patrick Gray with guest Rocco Di Giacomo. Doors open at 7 p.m. Reading starts at 7:30 p.m. Gather at 66 King East.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 in AJAX: The launch of Memory and Loss: A Canadian Anthology of Poetry edited and compiled by I. B. Iskov. Readings from the book by some of the contributors Music by Ottawa musicians Anne Hurley and Jim Videto. 2 to 4 p.m. Mother Parkers, Pacific Rail Car, 144 Mills Road; Presented by Ink Bottle Press and The Ontario Poetry Society.

Memory and Loss November 17, 2016 in Ajax

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 in TORONTO: The Pivot Reading Series (every other Wednesday) features Jan Conn, Hoa Nguyen, Madeleine Thien and Zoe Whittall.  8 p.m. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St. W. Admission: Pay what you can

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Margaret Christakos and Armand Garnet Ruffo.

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 in SARNIA: CADENCE, Sarnia’s newest Reading/Music series presents the work of Nelson Ball, minimalist author of the new book Chewing Water; Sharon Berg will read Ball’s work as well as share her own work from two books and a new manuscript; local featured musician Mike Blackmore Guest host: Melissa Upfold 7 to 10 p.m. Coffee Lodge, 400 Exmouth Street.

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Nelson Ball’s work will be featured during the new Cadence Reading Series with a Little Music in Sarnia, November 16, 2016.

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Armand Garnet Ruffo 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

NOVEMBER 15, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Lois Lorimer, Stanley Fefferman, and Charles Taylor plus an open mic (register ahead of time) with host TBA.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

NOVEMBER 15, 2016 in WINDSOR: Poets Vanessa Shields, Jamies Lindsay, Ashley Elibabeth-Best and Spencer Butt read ick-ass poetry and are musically serenaded by Pat Robitaille 7 to 9 p.m.The Steady Café and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. West. Toronto. 7 to 9 p.m.

NOVEMBER 14, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

NOVEMBER 14, 2016 in WINDSOR: Black Moss Press presents D. A. Lockhart’s debut poetry collection Big Medicine Comes to Erie. It explores Southwestern Ontario from an Indigenous viewpoint. Can-Am Centre, 2929 Howard Avenue. 5 to 8 p.m.

NOVEMBER 14, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 13, 2016 in TORONTO: Junction Reads & Writes presents Vanessa Shields, Daniel Perry, Colette Maitland, Malcom Sutton, Heather Tucker and Shari Kasman 6 to 8 p.m. Axis Gallery And Grill, 3048 Dundas St. West.

NOVEMBER 13, 2016 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Rocco De Giacomo and Guernica Publisher Michael Mirolla followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

NOVEMBER 12, 2016 in SARNIA: The Sarnia reading/launch of the LUMMOX 5 anthology featuring numerous Canadian contributors: James Deahl, Debbie Okun Hill, John B. Lee, Norma West Linder, Denis Robillard, and Lynn Tait plus special guest historical fiction writer Bob McCarthy; 2 to 5 p.m.; John’s Restaurant, Famous Room. London Line.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2016 in TORONTO: VALLUM, Contemporary Poetry Magazine launches The Wild themed issue 13.2 PLUS two new chapbooks by Yusuf Saadi and Jan Zwicky. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings at 7 p.m. The Central, 603 Markham Street.

NOVEMBER 10, 2016 in ST. CATHARINES: Border Blur Reading Series presents George Elliott Clarke, Suzanna Derewicz and Gregory Betts. 7:15 to 10 p.m. Niagara Artists Centre (NAC), 354 St. Paul St. East.

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 in TORONTO: The Toronto reading/launch of the LUMMOX 5 anthology featuring numerous Canadian contributors: James Deahl, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Jennifer L. Foster, Debbie Okun Hill, Eryn Hiscock, Larry Hopperton, Donna Langevin, Norma West Linder, Michael Mirolla, and Lynn Tait; 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Main Street Public Library, 137 Main Street.

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Kate Taylor: IOFA London  3:30 p.m. Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

NOVEMBER 8, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Claire Kelly, David Clink, and Jessica Hiemstra plus an open mic with host TBA.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

NOVEMBER 7, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 in TORONTO: Wolsak and Wynn Publishers presents an evening  of poetry and conservation with poets Johanna Skibsrud, Catherine Graham, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Canisia Lubrin and Paul Vermeersch, 7 to 10 p.m. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street.

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 in OTTAWA: Amanda Earl, Suzanna Derewicz, Carol Stephen and JC Sulzenko will be featured. 3 to 5 p.m. Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue.

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 in TORONTO: Readings by three award-winning Canadian crime fiction authors (M. H. Callway, Donna Carrick and Rosemary Aubert) celebrate the launch of their new short story collections. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sleauth of Baker Street Mystery Book Store, 907 Millwood Road. Admission is free.

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 in LONDON: Penn Kemp and Madeline Bassnett will read together during this session of WORDS, London’s Literary and Creative Arts Festival 10 a.m. The Lecture Theatre, Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N.

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 in LONDON: Author Paul Cavanagh is conducting a workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. during the WORDS, London’s Literary and Creative Arts Festival

NOVEMBER 5, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry Live! an evening of open mic poetry at WORDS Fest featuring London’s Poet Laureate Tom Cull and London Poetry Slam’s Holly Painter 8 to 11 p.m. Museum London, Centre Gallery. Bring a poem. Admission free.

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NOVEMBER 5, 2016 in HAMILTON: The Hamilton reading/launch of the LUMMOX 5 anthology featuring numerous Canadian contributors: Kent Bowman, Patrick Connors, James Deahl, Larry Hopperton, Ellen S. Jaffe, Norma West Linder, Michael Mirolla, and Deborah A. Morrison PLUS the Hamilton launch of Tall Stuff (a novel by Norma West Linder), To Be With A Woman (poetry by James Deahl) and Landscapes (poetry by James Deahl and Katherine Gordon); 8 p.m.; The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street

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NOVEMBER 5, 2016 in WYOMING: Lambton County Library Used Book Fair, 9 to 12 noon at Library Headquarters, 787 Broadway Street

NOVEMBER 4 to 6, 2016 in LONDON: Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival is a “festival celebrating all things wordy: books, poetry, song, children’s literature, writing for the screen and stage, new media, spoken word performances and much more. More details at wordsfest (dot) ca

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NOVEMBER 4 to 6, 2016 in WINDSOR: BookFest Windsor 2016 presents various events/workshops at various locations in downtown Windsor.

NOVEMBER 4, 2016 in SARNIA: Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe will sign her book Everyday Exposure, 7 to 9 p.m. Urban Nature Centre, 100 Christina Street.

NOVEMBER 3 TO 6, 2016 in SARNIA: South Western International Film Festival (SWIFF) presents numerous events and showings More details at www (dot) swiff (dot) ca

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NOVEMBER 3, 2016 in SARNIA: The Lawrence House First Friday Spoken Word: Storytellers, poets, musicians welcome 7 to 9 p.m.  at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts.

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NOVEMBER 3, 2016 in WINDSOR: Black Moss Press launches Don Lajoie’s new book The Voodoo Journal: Dispatches of a Haitian Grave 7 to 10 p.m. Phog Lounge

NOVEMBER 3, 2016 in SARNIA: Richard Scarsbrook, author of eight books of fiction and poetry including his latest Rockets versus Gravity, 7 to 8 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 in TORONTO: The Pivot Reading Series (every other Wednesday) features Leesa Dean, Stevie Howell, Rob Taylor and Erin Wunker. 8 p.m. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St. W. Admission: Pay what you can

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poet and featured guest Don Gutteridge 7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 in SARNIA: Hockey star Darryl Sittler will be signing from his book Captain: My Life and Career 6 to 8 p.m. at The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth. You must have a labelled, numbered copy of the book to stand in line for the signing.

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Daniel MacIvor 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

NOVEMBER 1, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Thomas Gannon Hamilton, Niki Koulouris and Rudy Fearon plus an open mic with host Stanley Fefferman and Brenda Clews.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

NOVEMBER 1, 2016 in TORONTO: Rowers Reading Series presents poetry and prose with Christopher Canniff, Cherie Dimaline, Shane Joseph, and Stan Rogal. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event starts 7 p.m. Admission is free.

OCTOBER 31, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

OCTOBER 30, 2016 in OAKVILLE: The Ontario Poetry Society presents “The Autumn Harvest Poetry Gathering” Members’ Reading and Open Mic 1 to 4 p.m. The King’s Arms Upstairs Lounge; 323 Church Street. Sign-up at the door.

OCTOBER 29, 2016 in COBOURG: The 10th Annual CCLA (Canada Cuba Literary Alliance) Art and Lit Fest 2016 featuring readings, speakers, afternoon workshops, and round robin open mic readings. 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario Street plus The Oasis Bar & Grill (second floor) 31 King Street East. More info: www (dot) CanadaCuba LiteraryAlliance (dot) org

OCTOBER 28, 2016 in SARNIA: Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire will discuss his new book Waiting For First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD. 7 p.m. Sarnia Library. There is an admission charge.

OCTOBER 28, 2016 in LONDON: Couplets: Poets in Dialogue presents a collaborative reading by anchor poet Madeline Bassnett and wildcard poet Kevin Shaw. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Brown and Dickson Booksellers, 1211 King St. Organized by the London Open Mic Poetry and hosted by Brown and Dickson Booksellers.

OCTOBER 27, 2016 in WINDSOR: Poetry at the Manor presents readings with six poet laureates: Marty Gervais (Windsor), Yvonne Blomer (Victoria), Micheline Maylor (Calgary), Anna Yin (Mississauga), Kim Fawner (Sudbury) and Gerry Hill (Regina) 7 to 9 p.m. Willistead Manor, 1899 Niagara Street.

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OCTOBER 26, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Don McKay 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

OCTOBER 25, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features A. F. Moritz, Donna Langevin and Ariane Blackman plus an open mic with host TBA Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

OCTOBER 25, 2016 in SOMBRA: Writers Union of Canada member Ann Towell will be speaking at the Sombra Museum Cultural Centre, 7 p.m.

OCTOBER 25, 2016 in LONDON: Author Kym Wolfe will be at the Landon branch of the London Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m.

OCTOBER 25, 2016 in TORONTO: Palimpsest Press’s fall launch with M. Tavis Lane (Heart on First), Julie Cameron Gray (Lady Crawford), Jamie Tennant (The Captain of Kinnoull Hill) and Dorothy Mahoney (Off-Leash). 7 p.m. Another Story Bookshop, 415 Roncesvalles Avenue.

OCTOBER 24, 2016 in TORONTO: Hot-Sauced Words Poetry presents an open mic followed by featured readers Liz Howard and Murray Reiss 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Central, 603 Markham Street.

OCTOBER 24, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. NOTE: This date replaces the date missed due to the Thanksgiving long weekend. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

OCTOBER 24, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

OCTOBER 23, 2016 in SARNIA: The Sarnia launch of Tall Stuff (a novel by Norma West Linder), To Be With A Woman (poetry by James Deahl) and Landscapes (poetry by James Deahl and Katherine Gordon) Time: 1 to 2 p.m. The Book Keeper 500 Exmouth Street

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OCTOBER 22 to 23, 2016 in STRATFORD: Digi Writing Stratford Writer’s Festival will feature award-winning international and Canadian authors during this two day event. Various locations and events. For information and ticket prices check the festival website here.

OCTOBER 22, 2016 in TORONTO: The Quilliad Issue 8 Halloween Launch and Costume Party includes readings from some of the contributors (Rasiqra Revulva, Philip Arima, Sharon Goodier, Edward McDermott, and Laura DeHaan). 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Betty’s (240 King Street East) Cover charge includes a copy of Issue 8 featuring “speculative lit, re-told/reimagined fairy tales/folklore/myths, horror and other spooky, strange or macabre writing or art.

OCTOBER 22, 2016 in STRATFORD: R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson will read from her middle grade mystery A Pocket Full of Murder during the Local Authors Reading portion of the Stratford Writers Festival, 3:30 p.m. at the Stratford Public Library. Her book was nominated for this year’s Silver Birch Award for fiction for 9 to 12 year olds.

OCTOBER 22, 2016 in ST. CATHARINES: The Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch presents the launch of The Banister Volume 31. Poetry reading featuring the winners and contributors of this contest anthology. 2 to 4 p.m. St. Catharines Library

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Published by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association, 2016

OCTOBER 22, 2016 in KEMPTVILLE: Anne Walsh, author of Have You Hugged Your Alien will hold a workshop during Stories For Kids 10:30 to 12 noon; Dr. David Shanahan, local historian will host a Walking Tour through Kemptville 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.; and Canadian poet Sandra Ridley will read from her books while local historian Dr. David Shahahan will provide facts and stories about North Grenville 2 to 3 p.m. Register at www (dot) ngpl (dot) ca

OCTOBER 22, 2016 in LONDON: How to Get Published workshop: an editor and agent tell all with editor Brian Henry and agent Stacey Donaghy from Donaghy Literary Group 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. London Central Library, Tonda Room, 251 Dundas Street. Advance Registration and to reserve a spot: brianhenry (at) sympatico (dot) ca

OCTOBER 21, 2016 in WINDSOR: Writers Kathy Page and Kerry-Lee Powell will read from their Giller-longlisted books. 7 to 10 p.m. Biblioasis 1520 Wyandotte St. East.

OCTOBER 19, 2016 in TORONTO: The Pivot Reading Series (every other Wednesday) features Amber McMillan, Nathaniel G. Moore, Vincent Page and Jana Prikryl. 8 p.m. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St. W. Admission: Pay what you can

OCTOBER 19, 2016 in SARNIA: CADENCE, Sarnia’s newest Reading/Music series presents Maureen Hynes, author of The Poison Colour (Pedlar Press); Colin Graf, local featured musician; and an open mic. Hosted by Sharon Berg. 7 to 10 p.m. Coffee Lodge, 400 Exmouth Street.

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Maureen Hynes is a winner of the international Petra Kenney Poetry Prize, and her poems have been selected for Best Canadian Poems in English 2010 and 2015, and twice longlisted for the CBC Canada Reads poetry contest. She will be sharing her work during the Cadence Reading Series, October 19 in Sarnia. Photo by: Vivek Shraya

OCTOBER 19, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Fred Wah. Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Reading: 7:30 p.m. Landon Library, Wortley Road

OCTOBER 19, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Fred Wah 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

OCTOBER 18, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Mike Lipsius and Laura K. McRae plus an open mic with host Mike Lummis Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

OCTOBER 18, 2016 in LONDON: London Writers Society General Membership Meeting with guest speakers Alastair Henry, author of the travel-volunteer publication Tides of Change: Volunteering Adventures in Alert Bay BC and Irene Gargantini, author of the thriller Lemoncella Cocktail PLUS a discussion about the National Novel Writing Month challenge. 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street

OCTOBER 18, 2016 in CHATHAM: NaNoWriMo Info Night in Chatham Learn more about this program 6 to 8 p.m. Chatham-Kent Public Library, Board Room, 120 Queen Street

OCTOBER 18, 2016 in TORONTO: The Toronto launch of Tall Stuff (a novel by Norma West Linder), To Be With A Woman (poetry by James Deahl) and Landscapes (poetry by James Deahl and Katherine Gordon) Special Guest: Poet Patrick Connors Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Toronto Public Library, Parliament Street Branch, 269 Gerrard Street East.

OCTOBER 18, 2016 in TORONTO: The Toronto book launch of Look at Her (Black Moss Press, 2016) by Vanessa Shields. Featured Windsor, Ontario guest Vanessa Shields with additional readings by Liz Worth and Jessica Popeski. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street. Admission free.

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OCTOBER 17, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

OCTOBER 17, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

OCTOBER 16, 2016 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café featured reader Heather Cadsby followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 2 to 4 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

OCTOBER 16, 2016 in OAKVILLE: Special guest poet John Ambury will be reading poetry based on the work of this art show by Derik Hawley, Ixchel Suarez,Chazz Balkwell and Alisa McRonald. 2 to 5 p.m. Seasons Restaurant, 134 Lakeshore Road East.

OCTOBER 15, 2016 in DURHAM:  Featured reading  of Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Books, 2016) by Penn Kemp with Daniel Kolos, and Antony Christie, 2 p.m., The Garafraxa Café, 131 Garafraxa Street South (Highway 6)

OCTOBER 15, 2016 in INGERSOLL: Ingersoll Public Library Local Author Book Fair

OCTOBER 14, 2016 in SARNIA: Fall Into Poetry with featured readers Vanessa Shields (Windsor), Lynn Tair (Sarnia), Ryan Gibbs (London), Joseph Farina (Sarnia) and Rhonda Melanson (Sarnia). 7 to 9 p.m. Blackwater Coffee Co., 177 Christina Street North.

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OCTOBER 13 TO 15, 2016 in ST CATHARINES: The Festival of Readers, a new literary festival in the Niagara region with readings by acclaimed children’s authors, prize-winning poets, best-selling novelists, workshops, conversation, performances, books and more. St Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street.

OCTOBER 12, 2016 in LONDON: Lisa Robertson Poetry Reading featuring highlights from her soon to be released book 3 Summers 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  ArtLab Gallery, Western University

OCTOBER 12, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Renuka Jeyapalan 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

OCTOBER 11, 2016 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents  poets Vanessa Shields and Joe Dehnam

OCTOBER 11, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Robin Richardson, Jenny Sampirisi and Adebe DeRango-Adem plus an open mic with host Ali Ibrahimi Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

OCTOBER 11, 2016 in LONDON:  The London Quattro launch of Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Books, 2016) by Penn Kemp, 7 p.m. Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly Street.

OCTOBER 10, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com  (CANCELLED LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING DAY)

OCTOBER 7, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Gallery of Ontario features sound poets Paul Dutton and Penn Kemp. Hosted by Lillian Allen.

OCTOBER 7, 2016 in LONDON: Baseline Press, Anstruther Press, and Brown & Dickson Booksellers host a chapbook launch with John Wall Barger, Madeline, Bassnett, Gabe Foreman, Miki Fukuda, Emily McKibbon (non-fiction), Andy Verboom and others. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., reading start at 7 p.m. 121 Studios, end floor (in the old Novack’s building on King). Special thanks to the London Arts Council

OCTOBER 7, 2016 in SARNIA: Red Ryan, movie film premiere. Filmed on location in Sarnia, Petrolia, Wallaceburg and Dresden. This 23 minute film will be followed by a question and answer will several of the people involved with the film including writer/director Aaron Huggett. Three show times: 6 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.; and 9 p.m. Advance tickets are required. Imperial Theatre, 168 N. Christina Street.

OCTOBER 5, 2016 in TORONTO: The Pivot Reading Series (every other Wednesday) features John Wall Barger, Joe Denham, Susan Perly, and Kevin Spenst. 8 p.m. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St. W. Admission: Pay what you can

OCTOBER 5, 2016 in TORONTO: Quattro Books will launch six books:  Psychomachia by Sanita Fejzic, Barbaric Cultural Practice by Penn Kemp; Painter, Poet, Mountain by Susan McCaslin; Hyaena Season by Richard Osler; The Other Oscar by Cora Sire; and Blackbird Calling by Laura Swart, doors open at 7 p.m. Start time: 7:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Avenue (event room at rear of dining area) Free.

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OCTOBER 5, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poet and featured guest David Huebert  7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

OCTOBER 5, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Monica Kidd 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

OCTOBER 4, 2016 in KINGSTON: ‘and the journey continues’ reading series – open mic reading 7 to 10 p.m. METAbodyWORKS Holistic Health Studio 336a Barrie Street (upstairs)

OCTOBER 4, 2016 in LONDON: Couplets: Poets in Dialogue presents a collaborative reading by anchor poet Christine Thorpe and wildcard poet Brittany Renaud. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Brown and Dickson Booksellers, 1211 King St. Organized by the London Open Mic Poetry and hosted by Brown and Dickson Booksellers.

OCTOBER 3, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

OCTOBER 2, 2016 in WINDSOR: Black Moss Press presents Autumn Literary Gathering with Vanessa Shields, Marty Gervais, Peter Hrastovec, Laurence Hutchman, Don Lajoie, John B. Lee, Daniel Lockhart,  Mary Ann Mulhern, Andre Narbonne, and Roger Nash.  5 to 7 p.m. Storytellers Book Store, 1473 Ottawa St. E.

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OCTOBER 2, 2016 in MISSISSAUGA: Womens Federation for World Peace and Bridging the Gap Productions  presents Crossing Boundaries, Connecting Hearts: the 10th annual international poetry reading hosted by author, poet, playwright Zohra Zoberi. Meet and greet: 2:30 p.m. Program: 3 p.m. Rogers Theatre at the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive.

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OCTOBER 1, 2016 in SUDBURY: Roger Nash, Sudbury’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, will launch his new poetry collection ZIGZAGS (Black Moss Press, 2016). 2 to 3:30 p.m. Main Library Reading Room, 74 MacKenzie. A culture days activity.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 in SARNIA: CADENCE, Sarnia’s newest reading/music series launches with an open mic, local musical featured guest Greger Botting, and out-of-town guest author Stuart Ross. Hosted by Sharon Berg. 7 to 10 p.m. Coffee Lodge, 400 Exmouth Street.

Stuart Ross will read September 28 in Sarnia

Stuart Ross, author of A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak and Wynn) will be in Sarnia on September 28, 2016 as part of the new Cadence Reading/Music Series

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 in LONDON: London, Ontario’s poet laureate Tom Cull presents A London Arts Celebration hosted by the London Arts Council and the London Public Library. Readings by Margaret Christakos, David D Plain, Levi Hord, David Huebert, and Tom Cull. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, Stevenson and Hunt Room.

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 in TORONTO: Inannia Fall Book Launch with Mary Frances Coady, author of Holy Rule; Shalta Dicaire Fardin and Sarah Sahagian, authors of Good Girls; Tara Nanayakkara, author of Dawning of a New Garden; and Enika Rummel, author of The Effects of Isolation on the Brain. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Studio Bar, 824 Dundas Street West

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Margaret Christakos and Victoria Wiebe 4 p.m. Western University UCC 56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 in LONDON: Harmonia Press presents the official launch of the anthology Another London: poems from a city plus Snowflake Sleep by Farrukhu Chishtie and Persona Grata by Carrie Lee Connel. 8 to 10 p.m. The Root Cellar, 623 Dundas St.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Stephanie Yorke, Roger Greenwald and Stedmond Pardy plus an open mic with host Stanley Fefferman. Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 in TORONTO: Shav-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLIII with featured poets Liz Howard and Ali Ibrahimi plus an open mic hosted by Banoo Zan. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 in SARNIA: Lambton Writers Association meets for dinner. Open to all writers with at least one published work.  John’s Restaurant, Famous Room.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 in TORONTO: Hot Sauced Words Poetry presents featured readers Lara Bozabalian and Ian Burgham 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Central

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 in TORONTO: Launch of Paper Reunion Phoenix Workshop Anthology featuring the contemporary works of poetry and prose from members of Phoenix: A Poet’s Workshop (1976 – 1986). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Word on the Street Toronto Festival.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 in TORONTO: THE 27TH WORD ON THE STREET: TORONTO BOOK AND MAGAZINE FESTIVAL 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Harbourfront Centre

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 in TORONTO: Official launch of Cannon Soldiers of Burma by James Myint Swe 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bloor/Gladstone Library 1101 Bloor St. W.

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SEPTEMBER 23 to 25, 2016 in HUNTSVILLE: The North Words Literary Festival returns to the Muskoka with 19 acclaimed, award-winning Canadian authors, Deehurst Lodge. Event registration required. More info here.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 in WINDSOR: Black Moss Press presents the launch of Look at Her by Windsor poet Vanessa Shields. 7 to 9 p.m. Studio Theatre, Drama Building, University of Windsor

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 in TORONTO: The Pivot Reading Series (every other Wednesday)features Cherie Dimaline, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Rudrapriva Rathore and Jess Taylor. Hosted by Canista Lubrin. 8 p.m. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St. W. Admission: Pay what you can

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Cecily Nicholson and Jacob McArthur Mooney.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 in LONDON: Write Now! Speaker Series with special guest Cecily Nicholson 4 p.m. Western University UCC56 Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies, and the Creative Writers Speaker Series at Western. Open to the Public.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 in POINT EDWARD: Showcase Literacy presents traveller, filmmaker and journalist Alexandre Trudeau who will read from his book Barbarian Lost: Travels in the New China. All ticket proceeds support local literacy programs with Organization for Literacy Lambton. Hosted by The Book Keeper. 7 to 10 p.m. Holiday Inn Sarnia/Point Edward, 1498 Venetian Blvd.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Souvankham Thammavongsa, Norma Allan, and Owain Nicholason plus an open mic with host Rob Welch. Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 in LONDON: The London Writers Society meets on the Third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dunda Street

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 in TORONTO: 100,ooo Poets for Change hosted by Pat Connors and Steve O’Brien,  5 to 8 p.m. MAY, 876 Dundas Street West. More info here.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 17, and 18, 2106 in EDEN MILLS: Eden Mills Writers Festival

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 in MISSISSAUGA: Poetry Night: Readings with Canadian Poets Laureate: George Elliott Clarke, Marty Gervais, John B. Lee, Rebecca Zseder, and Anna Yin. Music, sports, film and life theme. 7 to 9 p.m. Celebration Square.

Poet Laureate Reading September 14, 2016

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features George Elliott Clarke, Georgia Wilder and April Bulmer plus an open mic with host Rob Welch and co-host Lucy Brennan.  Cover Charge. 8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 IN TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Supermarket Restaurant and Bar.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 in TORONTO: Guernica Editions presents 9 books from its fall 2016 collection. 3:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave.

Guernica Editions Event September 11, 2016

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café features poet/artist Eva Kolacz followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 2 to 4 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 in ST. CATHARINES: The Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch and the St. Catharines Public Library present the Author Series “Find the Muse & Kindle Your Creative Fire” a workshop with Ruth Walker and Gwen Scheltema 10 a.m. to 12 noon. St. Catharines Library, Rotary/Bankers Room, 54 Church Street. Advance Registration required.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 in TORONTO: The Pivot Reading Series (every other Wednesday)features Eva H.D. Dovali Islam, Jacqueline Valencia, and Nathan Whitlock. 8 p.m. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St. W. Admission: Pay what you can.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series features Lisa Young, Clara Blackwell, and Ricardo Sternberg plus an open mic with host Rob Welch and co-host James Dewar.  8 to 11 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 in HAMILTON: LITLIVE literary reading series presents 6 special guests. See poster below. 7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St.

LitLive Poster September 4, 2016

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 in TORONTO: Toronto-based composer/pianist Bill Gilliam and London performance poet and playwright Penn Kemp will perform work from Penn’s forthcoming book, Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Press, 2016). Ellen S. Jaffe and Pat Connors will also be reading. Sponsored by The League of Canadian Poets (Metro Readings in Public Places) 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Vino Rosso Bar and Restaurant, 995 Bay Street.

AUGUST 26, 2016 in LONDON: Couplets: Poets in Dialogue presents a collaborative reading by anchor poet Laurence Hutchman and wildcard poet Andy Verboom. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Chapters South London, 1037 Wellington St. South. Organized by the London Open Mic Poetry and hosted by Chapters South.

AUGUST 21, 2016 in LONDON: The London Open Mic Poetry Group and The Ontario Poetry Society presents “The Sultry Summer Poetry Gathering” Members’ Reading and Open Mic 12:30 p.m. Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide St. North. Sign-up at the door. More info here.

AUGUST 20, 2016 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents their first annual reading with Windsor poet Laurie Smith, Windsor writer Karen Rockwell, Mississauga novelist Jarrod Edson. 4 to 7 p.m. Artcite Windsor, 109 University Ave. W. Free Admission.

AUGUST 20, 2016 in KINGSVILLE: Outdoor reading with Sudbury Poet Laureate Kim Fahner and Windsor Poet Laureate Marty Gervais. 3 to 6 p.m. 619 Woodbridge Lane. Bring a blanket or camping chair.

AUGUST 15, 2016 in SARNIA: Poetry Book launch/reading featuring Canadian poet James Deahl, author of the new poetry book Landscapes (with poet Katherine L. Gordon); Pat Connors, author of Part Time Contemplative; and Bob McCarthy, historical fiction writers and author of GENERATIONS: The Descendants of Elizabeth Workman. 8 to 9:45 p.m. John’s Restaurant. NOTE effective August 4, 2016: EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS.

AUGUST 15, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. NOTE: EVENT CANCELLED. CO-HOSTS ON VACATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER, 2016

AUGUST 13, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry reading at Mantis Arts and Eco Festival Sign up to rad an earth or nature themed poem. 11 a.m. Boler Mountain, 689 Griffith Street.

AUGUST 12, 2016 in SARNIA: The South Western International Film Festival presents the move “Room” followed by the guest appearance and a Question and Answer Session with Bestselling Author and Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Emma Donoghue. 7:30 p.m. Imperial Theatre. Advance tickets available from the theatre.

Room movie with guest author August 12, 2016 in Sarnia

AUGUST 11, 2016 in LONDON: Carousel Magazine stops in London as part of an 8-city Carousel Paper Roadshow. The event includes readers/performers Jim Johnstone, William Davison, and Blair Trewartha; a comic strip slide show; short stories; and an experimental music/sound performance. 7 to 10 p.m. Brown & Dickson Bookstore, 211 King Street

AUGUST 8, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. NOTE: EVENT CANCELLED. CO-HOSTS ON VACATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER, 2016

AUGUST 6, 2016 in ORILLIA: Poet Billy Collins Returns to Orillia – Live at the Orillia Opera House. 8 p.m. More info on the Leacock Museum website.

AUGUST 6, 2016 in TORONTO: The Love Poetry Festival Honouring Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen featuring Trevor Abes, George Elliott Clarke, James Deahl, Whitney French, Norma West Linder, Karen Mulhallen, Honey Hovick, Robert Priest, and Anna Yin. 1:30 to 4 p.m. St. Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church, Centre Island.

The Love Poetry Festival August 6, 2016

 

AUGUST 2, 2016 in KINGSTON: ‘and the journey continues’…’first Tuesday night of the month’ monthly open mic reading series (originally known as ‘poetry @ the artel’ 7 to 10 p.m. METAbodyWORLS: Holistic Health Studio, 336a Barrie Street (upstairs) just above Frontenac Cycle shop. Admission free.

AUGUST 1, 2016 in LONDON: The London Writers Society presents its inaugural Local Authors Day with Pat Brown, Elaine Cougler, Colin Forbes, Rita Hartley, John Matsui and Aldous Richards. noon to 3 p.m. Chapters Book Store, 1037 Wellington Road.

JULY 30, 2016 in TORONTO: The Toronto launch of Winnows by Maxianne Berger, doors open at 7 p.m. with reading at 8 p.m. Tranzac in the Tiki Room, 292 Brunswick Avenue, just south of Bloor Street, west of Spadina.

JULY 29, 2016 in LONDON: Couplets: Poets in Dialogue presents a collaborative reading by anchor poet Monika Lee and wildcard poet Shelly Harder. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Chapters South London, 1037 Wellington St. South. Organized by the London Open Mic Poetry and hosted by Chapters South.

JULY 19 TO 24, 2016 in ORILLIA: 2016 Leacock Summer Festival. More info on the Leacock Museum website.

JULY 19, 2016 in TORONTO: League of Canadian Poets New Members’ Reading including Trevor Abes, Kathryn Edgecomb, Julie Cameron Gray, Keith Inman, Donna Langevin, Dianna Manole,Frances Reilly, Kate Rogers, Jim Smith, and Banoo Zan. 7 to 10 p.m. Victory Café, 581 Markham Street.

JULY 18, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JULY 16, 2016 in HAMILTON: Sublime Saturday’s Presents Painted Poetry and Prose with local poets and storytellers: Ed Woods, Ed Shaw, Tom Shea, Fran Figge, and Laura Kodzhe followed by an open mic. 2 to 5 p.m. The Hamilton Guesthouse, 158 Mary Street.

Poetry Event July 16, 2016 in Hamilton, ON

JULY 15, 2016 in HAMILTON: The Café presents poet Kelsey Knight and musician Ian Green in Poetic Melodies with special guests Michael Stacey and Kathy Fisher. 7 p.m. 1365 Main Street East.

Poetic Melodies event July 15, 2016 revised

JULY 11, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JULY 10, 2016 in TORONTO: The Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto and the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance will launch Peace and Love 3rd Edition of Windsow Fishing: The night we caught Beatlemania. Guest readers John B. Lee, Honey Novick, Richard (Tai) Grove, I. B. Iskov and others. 2 p.m. Orchard Bar, 1174 Bloor St. W (west of Dufferin subway)

JULY 5, 2016 in TORONTO: Quattro Books -Aeolus House presents a Four-Author Poetry Reading with Kate Marshall Flaherty (Stone Soup), Susan L. Helwig (And the Cat Says…), Donna Langevin (The Laundress of Time), and Kate Rogers (Foreign Skin). 8 to 10 p.m. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: The Central, 603 Markham Street near Bathurst subway. Admission is free.

Quattro Book launch poster July 5, 2016 with revised location

JULY 2, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents Guerilla Poetry at Chapters South. Time: 2 p.m.

JULY 1 to 3, 2016 in KINGSTON: Poets at Artfest II is a 3 day poetry festival held as part of Artfest Kingston 2016. The event to be tent at City Park features 64 poets as well as a writing workshop and open mic.  A schedule is posted on their Facebook page.

JUNE 30, 2016 in WINDSOR: Mouth Piece Storytelling Presents The Music Edition with guest storyteller Dan MacDonald Doors Open 6 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Phog Loung, 157 University W.

Mouthpiece The Music Edition June 30, 2016

 

JUNE 29, 2016 in POINT EDWARD: Author Reading: Bob McCarthy and his new novella GERNATIONS (Quinn Riley Press, 2016) 10 to 11 a.m. Point Edward Library.

Bob McCarthy reading at library June 29, 2016

JUNE 28, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series Retirement Party presents the poets who are running other readings in Toronto: Sandra Kasturi, Lizzie Violet, Banoo Zan, David Silverberg, James Dewar, Heather Wood, Norm Cristofoli, Edward Nixon, Jacob McCarthur Mooney, Lara Bozabalian, Farzana Doctor, and Sarah Beaudin. No Open Mic.8 p.m. Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.

JUNE 27, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com  This will be the last workshop for the season. Workshops will resume September 12, 2016.

JUNE 26, 2016 in TORONTO: The Secret Handshake Poetry Reading Series presents Pat Connors, Shannon Maquire and Kathleen Whelan with M.C. Chad Juriansz and Honey Novick. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Show 2 to 5 p.m. 170a Baldwin St. 2nd floor in the heart of Kensington.

JUNE 25, 2016 in MISSISSAUGA: Triple book launch with poet John Ambury (Moving Waters (IOWI, 2016)), Bradley McIlwan (Elementals (IOWI, 2015) ), and Brandon Pitts (Tender in the Age of Fury (MOSAIC Press, 2016) 2 p.m. at Studio 89, fair trade café, Unit 104, 1065 Canadian Place

JUNE 25, 2016 in LONDON: Joan Clayton, co-host of the London Open Mic Poetry Night, will launch her first novel When the Bones Speak. She will also discuss how to write a historical story when you have limited information. 2 p.m. RCAF Wing Association, 2155 Crumlin Road (near the airport).

JUNE 24, 2016 in SARNIA:  Spoken Word event. A place to share your poetry, music, stories or the work of your favourite author.   (CANCELLED – ON HIATUS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2016)

JUNE 24, 2016 in LONDON: Couplets: Poets in Dialogue presents a collaborative reading by Andreas Gripp and Koral Scott. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Chapters South London, 1037 Wellington St. South. Organized by the London Open Mic Poetry and hosted by Chapters South.

JUNE 24, 2016 in LONDON: Colin Forbes, a member of the London Writers Society (LWS) will launch his first book about his experiences as a doctor on four different continents. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cherryhill Library (Front Room). Snacks and Refreshments. Jamican music/drums entertainment.

JUNE 23, 2016 in HAMILTON: Poetic Melodies at the Spice Factory presents poet Kelsey Knight, pianist Ian Green, Singer Lauren Mikaela and special guest Klyde Broox. 8 to 10 p.m. The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street North  Admission charge at the door.

JUNE 21, 2016 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) presents featured poets Soraya Peerbaye and Michael Fraser. Hosted by Banoo Zan. Doors Open at 6:15 p.m. Sign-up for the open mic at 6:30 p.m. Start time 7 p.m. Beit Zatoun, 615 Markham St. Admission $5.

JUNE 20, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JUNE 20, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 19, 2016 in SARNIA: Local historical-fiction writer Bob McCarthy will launch his new book Generations starting at 2 p.m. at The Book Keeper.

Bob McCarthy Launch June 19, 2016

JUNE 17, 2016 in TORONTO: Launch of Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Lecture Series anthology. Hosted by The League of Canadian Poets and the University of Regina. 5 p.m. Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre. RSVP to the League recommended.

JUNE 15 – 19, 2016 in TORONTO: The Canadian Writers’ Summit #CWS2016 This four-day extravaganza of professional development sessions, keynote talks, policy discussion, scholarly presentations, public lectures, networking opportunities and social gatherings. The event will also include a day of programing from the annual Book Summit which focuses on the publishing side of the sector.

JUNE 13, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

Open Stage poster Lawrence House 2016

JUNE 13, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 11 and 12, 2018 in GRAND BEND: Authors Bonnie Bernard, Robyn Doolittle, Jeff Rasley and Alicia Rasley will lead this Write on the Beach workshop hosted by the Grand Bend writers group. Sessions start at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on each day. Southcott Pines Clubhouse. Registration and cost information available at gbartcentre.com.

JUNE 9. 2016 in SARNIA: Artist Professional Development Series: Granting Opportunities and Preparing Applications. Lisa Wohrle, the Associate Visual Arts and Craft Officer at the Ontario Arts Council will shed light on the granting programs that are available to artists. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Judith &Norman Alix Art Gallery Admission free or give what you can.

JUNE 8, 2016 in TORONTO: Book launch hosted by Black Moss Press and Fitzhenry & Whiteside with featured readers Andre Narbonne (Twelve Miles to Midnight), Mary Ann Mulhern (How We Fare)  and Ingrid Ruthig (This Being). 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ben McNally books, 366 Bay Street

Ben-McNally-Poetry-Launch-with-Black-Moss-authors-and-Ingrid-Ruthig-June-2016

JUNE 6, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 4 to 5, 2016 in SARNIA: The Stardust Book Lounge is sponsoring a booth during the Sarnia ArtWalk weekend. Local authors will display, promote and sell their books.

JUNE 4 to 5, 2016 in SARNIA: Sarnia ArtWalk 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sarnia downtown

JUNE 3, 2016 in SARNIA: The launch of LOCAL Curated Art Show & Mural. 6 to 9 p.m. 100 Christina Street. The mural features the work of multi-award winning artist Laura Kreviazuk while the art show features work curated by poet/photographer/artist, Melissa Upfold – artist and Education Coordinator at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, Morgan Shropshall.

In addition to the display of local art, the evening will feature poets Debbie Okun Hill, David D. Plain and Kara Smith plus the band Weird Neighbors plus musicians Jonathon Chamberlain, Chad Cusack, and Jacob Giresi. Additional details here.

Local Friday, June 3 in Sarnia

JUNE 2, 2016 in LONDON: The Six-Pack hosted by Brown & Dickson Bookstore. Features six poets: Shelley Harder, Kevin Heslop, David Huebert, Kevin Shaw, Koral Scott, and Andy Verboom. 6:30 p.m. 211 King Street. Admission Free.

JUNE 1, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents Sarnia poet and featured guest Lynn Tait  7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

MAY 31, 2016 in LONDON: The Write Place presents Creative Writing Workshop; 3 p.m. King’s College/Western University; KC 113.

MAY 30, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 29, 2016 in SARNIA: The Sarnia launch of The Fabric of My Life, a poetry collection by Venera Fazio and Exploring Voice: Italian Canadian Female Writers, a 286 page anthology edited by Venera Fazio and Delia De Santis. Exploring Voice featured readers include Windsor writers Marisa De Franceschi and Carlinda D’Alimonte and Lambton County readers Norma West Linder, Debbie Okun Hill, and Carmen Ziolkowski. 2 to 4 p.m. Dante Club (back hall). The event is sponsored by the Dante Club, the Italo-Canadian Cultural Club/Laziali di Sarnia and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (Books and Biscotti Series)

Launch in Sarnia May 29, 2016

 

MAY 28, 2016 in ST. CATHARINES: The Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch presents a writer’s workshop with Ross Pennie, a memoir and fiction writer. Pennie will provide advice and examples and encourage participants to explore his/her own writing abilities in a participative workshop. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street. Rotary/Bankers Room. Register before May 25. More info here.

MAY 27, 2016 in SARNIA:  Spoken Word Sarnia event. A place to share your poetry, music, stories or the work of your favourite author.  (CANCELLED – ON HIATUS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2016)

MAY 27, 2016 in LONDON: Kangaroo Variety features cartoonist Dustin Adrian on comics and anxiety, Grickle Grass organizer Adam Sturgeon on the best party in London, storyteller and Fuse Executive Director Pamela Hassen on being mugged in Africa, and London Free Press columnist Dan Brown on misconceptions about journalists. Hosted by Brown & Dickson Booksellers and UnLondon/121 Studios. Doors Open at 7:30 Event begins at 8 p.m.  211 King Street (old Novack’s building) Admission $5.

MAY 23, 2016  in POINT EDWARD:  (CANCELLED- VICTORIA DAY) Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 20, 2016 in LONDON: Couplets: Poets in Dialogue presents a collaborative reading by Laurie D. Graham and David Huebert. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Chapters South London, 1037 Wellington St. South. Organized by the London Open Mic Poetry and hosted by Chapters South. Additional information here.

MAY 16, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MAY 16, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 15, 2016 in COBOURG: The Ontario Poetry Society presents “The Spring Into Poetry Party” Members’ Reading and Open Mic 12 noon Meet at 66 King Street East. Sign-up at the door. More info here.

TOPS Event in Cobourg May 15, 2016

MAY 14, 2016 in HAMILTON: Sublime Saturdays Presents Poetic Melodies with Kelsey Knight and Ian Green 2 to 5 p.m. at The Pring, 158 Mary Street. Featured guests: Klyde Broox, Joanne Marlowe, Bassam, Laura Kodzhe and Angie C.

Literary Event in Hamilton May 14, 2016

MAY 14, 2016 in LONDON: London launch of Laurie D. Graham’s Settler Education with readings by Graham, Jean McKay, and Tom Cull. 2 to 3 p.m. Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly Street.

Settler Education by Laurie D Graham

MAY 14, 2016 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents the launch of Fable Nations by Joy Kita. A novel for 8 to 14 year olds. 2 to 3 p.m.

Joy Kita reading on May 4, 2016

MAY 14, 2016 in WYOMING: Lambton Country Library Used Book Fair 9 to 12 p.m. Library Headquarters, 787 Broadway Street.

Lambton County Library Used Book Fair May 14, 2016

MAY 12 in BRIGHTS GROVE AND SARNIA PLUS MAY 13, 2016 in WYOMING: Canadian author Vikki Vansickle will be reading from her children’s book If I Had a Gryphon. Noon at the Bright’s Grove Library; 2 p.m. at the Mall Road Library and 10 a.m. at the Wyoming Library.

Book keeper event May 13

MAY 9, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MAY 9, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 4, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents three featured guests including Lambton County poet David D. Plain who will be reading from his new poetry book  7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

MAY 2, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 30, 2016 in SARNIA: Authors for Indies Day. Additional details TBA.

APRIL 30, 2016 in SARNIA: Stardust Book Lounge celebrates Indie Bookstore Day with door prizes, special surprises and refreshments. Extended hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 176 N. Christina Street.

APRIL 29,  2016 in SARNIA:  Spoken Word Sarnia moves to a NEW LOCATION at 1oo Christina Street. Writers, musicians and performers are welcome to participate in this open mic event. Please come a few minutes early to sign up. You can perform your own work or that of others or just listen/watch. 8 to 10 p.m. Hosted by poet/photographer/artist/activist Melissa Upfold of the calculated colour co.

APRIL 29, 2016 in CAMBRIDGE: Idea Exchange celebrates the winners (child, youth and adult poets) of the Poem-A-Day Poetry contest, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Queen’s Square, 1 North Square.

APRIL 28, 2016 in LONDON: Canadian Poet John Nyman launches his debut collection, Players plus readings by Mark Sampson (Weathervane) and Dorothy Mahoney (Off-leash) 7 p.m. at Novices Building, 211 King Street.

APRIL 26, 2016 in WINDSOR: Cranberry Tree Press/Urban Farmhouse Press: PRACTICALLY NEIGHBOURS Book Launch spotlights three poetry chapbooks (smack in the middle of spotlit obvious by Laurie Smith; The History of Water by Denis Robillard and Songs of Zambia by Rosalind Knight) and one short story collection (Curious Connections by Karen Rockwell) 7 to 10 p.m. at Teutonia Club, 55 Edinborough Street.

APRIL 26, 2016 in SARNIA: The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Annual General Meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina St. S. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting; however only members will be allowed to vote.

APRIL 25, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 24, 2016 in TORONTO: Lyricalmyrical presents the launch of four new chapbooks: Part-Time Contemplative by Patrick Conners, The Akashic Wood by Sonia Di Placido, In Search of Whitman by Sophie Else, and Pomegranate Moments by Gale Zoe Garnett. Musical guests It Aint Pretty featuring Ian Burgham. 2 to 5 p.m. Bar Italia, 582 College St.

Lyricalmyrical Book Launch April 24, 2016

APRIL 23, 2016 in LONDON: Guerilla Poetry co-hosted by Stan Burfield and Joan Clayton 2 to 4 p.m.  at Discovery Place (open area near the circulation desk and doors), the central branch of the London Public Library.

APRIL 23, 2016 in ST. CATHARINES: John B. Lee, award-winning Canadian author and Poet Laureate of Brantford, Ontario will give a poetry reading, followed by a workshop. Each participant is asked to bring at least one piece of their own writing. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Catharines Public Library, Rotary/Bankers Room. Hosted by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. Free, but advance registration preferred by April 16: Karen (at) gansel (dot) net

APRIL 21 to 23, 2016 in COBALT: The 9th Annual Spring Pulse Poetry Festival.

APRIL 20, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Jordan Abel and Sadiqa De Meijer. More details here.

APRIL 18, 2016 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

APRIL 18, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 16, 2016 in OTTAWA: The Road: An Afternoon of Word and Song – Poetry by Kate Marshall Flaherty; music by Jim Videto and Anne Hurley. 3 to 5:30 p.m. Pressed, 750 Gladstone.

APRIL 14, 2016 in KINGSTON: Biblioasis 401 Book Tour with Alexandra Oliver, Sharon McCartney, Kris Bertin, and Ray Robertson. 7 p.m. at Novel Idea Books, 156 Princess St.

APRIL 13, 2016 in TORONTO: Biblioasis 401 Book Tour with Alexandra Oliver, Sharon McCartney, Kris Bertin, and Ray Robertson. 6 to 8 p.m. at Ben McNally Books – 366 Bay Street.

APRIL 12, 2016 in WINDSOR: Biblioasis 401 Book Tour with Alexandra Oliver, Sharon McCartney, Kris Bertin, and Ray Robertson. 7 p.m. at Biblioasis -1520 Wyandotte St. East

Biblioasis 401 Book Tour 2016

APRIL 11, 2016 in WINDSOR: Mouth Piece Storytelling presents The Road to Poetry in honour of National Poetry Month. Featured guest storytellers include Teajai Travis, Courtney King and Benny Alexander. 7 to 10 p.m. with storytelling to begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission: FREE.

APRIL 11, 2016 in SARNIA: Introducing “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

Open Stage poster Lawrence House 2016

APRIL 11, 2016 in PHILADELPHIA: The South Philly launch of Philadelphia Poets, 2016 Volume 22. Includes the work of Lambton County writers James Deahl, Venera Fazio, Norma West Linder, Debbie Okun Hill plus Ottawa writer Ronnie R. Brown and numerous US poets. 6:15 to 8 p.m. Fumo Family Library

APRIL 11, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 9, 2016 in THORNHILL: National Poetry Month Celebration with Vaughan Poets’ Circle 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Avenue West, Meeting Room 1.

APRIL 7, 2016 in HAMILTON: GritLIT partners with the Hamilton Poetry Centre to present Joanna Lilley (The Fleece Era) and Bernadette Rule (Earth Day in Leith Churchyard). 7 to 8 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Steet West. Tickets may be required.

APRIL 6, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents Toronto poet Steven McCabe  7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

APRIL 6, 2016 in ST. CATHARINES: The Canadian Authors Association and the St. Catharines Public Library presents An Evening of Short Poetry. Award winning Niagara poets will read selections from their published works. Also featured are finalists from the Library’s 2015 Fresh Ink Writing Competition for Teens as well as Brock University students. 7 p.m. St. Catharines Central Library, Mills Room.

APRIL 5, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured guests Joanna Lilley, Ivy Reiss and Lori Cayer plus an open mic for 10 readers. 8 p.m. Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.

APRIL 5, 2016 in WINDSOR: A Journey Through the Pages- Book Launch with How We Fare by Mary Ann Mulhern, Twelve Miles to Midnight by Andre Narbonne, and I’ll Be There Soon by John Wing. Hosted by Black Moss Press and the Department of English, Language, Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. 7 p.m. Grande Ballroom, Water’s Edge Event Centre, 2879 Riverside Drive East.

Black Moss Press Launch April 5, 2016

 

APRIL 4, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 3, 2016 in SARNIA: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Pathway to Poetry Gathering. Explore the poetic “ROAD” theme and celebrate National Poetry month with out-of-town poets/editors Keith Inman and Fran Figge. Sarnia editors and poets Norma West Linder, Venera Fazio, Rhonda Melanson and Lynn Tait will also be spotlighted. Emcee is Debbie Okun Hill. An open mic will follow the featured readings. Sign-up is at the door.  Inman’s reading is made possible thanks to a Canada Poetry Tours Program via The League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts. Additional information here.

TOPS Sarnia National Poetry Month April 3, 2016 Out of Town FEATURED BOOKS poster for distribution

APRIL 2, 2016 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi and The High Mountains of Portugal, plus Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates,  7 p.m. at the Sarnia Library Auditorium.

MARCH 31, 2016 in TORONTO: Tightrope Books will be launching four new poetry collections: Tourist by Lara Bozabalian, Dopaimine Blunder by Lori Cayer, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light by Jan Conn and To Greet Yourself Arriving by Michael Fraser. 7 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave.

MARCH 30, 2016 in TORONTO: Poetry NOW: 8th annual Battle of the Bards. This popular poetry competition returns to feature readings by 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. 7:30 p.m. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission charge.

MARCH 29, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured guests Farzana Doctor, Honey Novick and Glenn Munroe plus an open mic for 10 readers. 8 p.m. Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.

MARCH 28, 2016 in TORONTO: Hot-Sauced Words Poetry features Allan Briesmaster and Sophie Else 7:30 p.m. The Central, 603 Markham Street.

MARCH 28, 2016  in POINT EDWARD:  (CANCELLED- EASTER MONDAY) Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop.

MARCH 25, 2016 in SARNIA:  Sarnia Spoken Word – share your poetry, music, stories or the work of your favourite author.  (GOOD FRIDAY – EVENT CANCELLED)

MARCH 23, 2016 in WINDSOR: Palimpsest Press presents a Double Book Launch with Off-Leash by Dorothy Mahoney and Weathervane, a debut poetry collection by Mark Sampson. 7 p.m. at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte St. East

MARCH 22, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured guests Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Kelsey Knight and Areta Marshall plus an open mic for 10 readers. 8 p.m. Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.

MARCH 21, 2016 in LONDON: The Creative Writers Series 2015-2016 features Madeleine Thien, author of the novels Certainty (2006) and Dogs at the Perimeter (2001). Organized by the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western, in partnership with the Modern Languages Department at King’s University College. 7 to 8 p.m. Vitali Lounge, Wemple Building, King’s University College, 266 Epworth Ave.

MARCH 21, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 19, 2016 in TORONTO: Brian Brett, Poet in Residence will read with noted Toronto poets: Ayesha Chatterjee, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Dwayne Morgan, and Banoo Zan. 2 to 4 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Centre.

MARCH 19, 2016 in SARNIA: Local writer Brendan Kelly will launch Through The Minefield of Irish Adolescence, a follow-up to his book My Father’s Time and Petroleum Way, 2 to 3 p.m. at The Book Keeper.

Book Keeper Marcy 19, 2016

MARCH 16, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Rita Wong Erin and Larissa Lai. More details here.

MARCH 15, 2016 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured guests Sadiqa de Maeijer, Margo Swiss and Fran Figge plus an open mic for 10 readers. 8 p.m. Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.

MARCH 14, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 13, 2016 in POINT EDWARD: GenreCon, an annual literary event, will be part of the Sarnia Pop Culture Show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Inn, Venetian Boulevard. Note: there is an entrance fee.

MARCH 9, 2016 in SARNIA: Annual Sarnia Spelling Bee, 6 p.m. Sarnia Public Library Auditorium.

MARCH 7, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 6 and 7 in SARNIA: CineSARNIA presents the film “Al Purdy Was Here” 7:30 p.m. at the Sarnia Public Library Theatre. Local poets Lynn Tait and Rhonda Melanson will introduce the film with a favourite poem on March 6. Local poets James Deahl and Norma West Linder will introduce on March 7.

MARCH 3, 2016 in WINDSOR: Windsor’s Poet Laureate presents An Evening of Song and Spoken Word featuring Canada’s Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and other poets and performers 7:30 p.m. at Atelier Virginianne.

March 3, 2016

MARCH 2, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Andreas Gripp  7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

FEBRUARY 29, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com     CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEK.

FEBRUARY 29, 2016 in WATFORD: Sarnia historical fiction writer Bob McCarthy and Petrolia historical fiction writer Gloria Pearson-Vasey will present a power point presentation and sign from their joint book Black Spring Abbey and Early Days in Oil Springs 1:30 p.m. at the Watford Library. EVENT CANCELLED.

FEBRUARY 28, 2016 in WINDSOR: The Pillette Village Reading Series presents Marty Gervais, Maureen Hynes, Ruth Roach Pearson and Shane Neilson. 2 to 4 p.m. Nancy Johns Gallery, 4755 Wyandotte St. E.

February 28, 2016

FEBRUARY 26, 2016 in SARNIA:  Spoken Word at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. A place to share your poetry, music, stories or the work of your favourite author.  Optional theme: Love. Start time: 8 p.m  Sign-up at the door.

FEBRUARY 23, 2016 in WINDSOR: Mouth Piece Storytelling – The LOVE Edition. Join comedian/poet John Wing as he leads this friendly storytelling competition. 7 p.m. The Foundry Pub.

FEBRUARY 20, 2016 in BAYFIELD: Poet Andy McGuire will be reading from his new book Country Club, 5 p.m. The Village Bookshop.

February 20, 2016

Canadian poet Andy McGuire will read from his new poetry book Country Club.

FEBRUARY 19, 2016 in LONDON: London Poetry Slam featuring Rabbit Richards (Montreal, Quebec), 8 to 10:30 p.m. (Performer sign-up at 7:30 p.m.) London Music Club, 470 Colbourne St.

FEBRUARY 18, 2016 in LONDON: Fanshawe College Letters and Arts Society Reading Series welcomes Cara-Lyn Morgan, author of What Became My Grieving Ceremony (Thistledown Press) 2 to 2:50 p.m. Room D1060 London campus. The public the book clubs are welcome to this free event.

FEBRUARY 17, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Cara-Lyn Morgan and Andy McGuire. More details here.

FEBRUARY 15, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: (CANCELLED, LIBRARY CLOSED DUE TO FAMILY DAY) Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 14, 2016 in TORONTO: The Ontario Poetry Society presents “The Love of Poetry Gathering” with a members’  reading and open mic. Sing-up at the door. Noon to 4 p.m. Orchard Bar. More details here.

FEBRUARY 8, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 3, 2016 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guests Western’s Student-Writer-in-Residence, Helen Ngo, and 2 fellow student senior English students 7 p.m. followed by an open mic at Mykonos Restaurant

FEBRUARY 1, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 29, 2016 in SARNIA:  This month, Spoken Word at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Share your poetry, music, stories or the work of this local writer.  Optional theme: none for this month. Start time: 8 p.m Sign-up for presenters at the door.

JANUARY 25, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 22, 2016 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Windsor writer (and former Sarnia resident) Karen Kilbride with her new book “Dead Weight” 7 p.m.

JANUARY 20, 2016 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Erin Moure and Robyn Sarah. More details here.

JANUARY 18, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 17, 2016 in HAMILTON: The Tower Poetry Society will launch its forthcoming issue of Tower Poetry.

JANUARY 16, 2015 in SARNIA: Local writer Norma West Linder will launch her children’s novel The Pastel Planet (Hidden Brook Press, 2015) and Sarnia poet James Deahl will read from his new prose poem book Unbroken Lines (Lummox Press, 2015) starting at 2 p.m. at The Book Keeper.

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JANUARY 15, 16 AND 17 in SARNIA: The Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland annual Giant Book Sale at the Bayside Centre. Jan 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Jan 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

JANUARY 11, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 4, 2016  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

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CURIOUS ABOUT 2014 EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

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