Events 2017

NOVEMBER 30, 2017 in WINDSOR: The ChiSeries Windsor Holiday Showcase with featured authors Kim Love, Laurie Smith, Amicar Nogueira, Christina Woods, MJ Gardner, Dave Rocha, Christine Hayton and Veronique Perrier Mandal, 8 to 10 p.m Phog Lounge, 157 University Avenue West.

NOVEMBER 30, 2017 in THOROLD: Poet Keith Inman will launch his book SEAsia (Black Moss Press, 2017), Mori McCrae will launch her book Shelf Life (Grey Borders Books, 2017), and Tom Wood will also read, 6:30, Thorold Public Library, 14 Ormond Street.

NOVEMBER 29, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Shane Neilson, Glen Downie, and Nichola Nicki Ward. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 5th Anniversary presents featured poets Jacob McArthur Mooney and Ifrah Hussain and featured musicians Daniel Robinson and Yvonne Choi  followed by an open mic. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. There is an admission charge.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 in SARNIA: The Sarnia Historical Society presents author Bruce Kemp and his new book Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes, 7 to 10 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62, 286 Front Street North.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 in SARNIA: Introducing “A: The Artists Stage” an open mic of stories, rants, poems or songs 6 to 8 p.m. The Lions Den, Lambton College. (CANCELLED)

NOVEMBER 27, 2017  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 26, 2017 in OTTAWA: Poets’ Pathway presents the Collaborations: Two Premieres McMaster and Armstong Dyck. 2 to 4 p.m. GigSpace Performance Studio, 953 Gladstone Avenue. Event is free but seating is limited.

NOVEMBER 24, 2017 in LONDON: Nightwood Editions presents the launch of Cop House a debut collection of short fiction by Sam Shelstad. Other readers include: Misha Bower, Jenny Berkel, and Denice Baker. 6 to 9 p.m. at The Root Cellar, 623 Dundas Street.

NOVEMBER 23, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #15 with Penn Kemp and Marta Croll-Baehre, This first pop-up event will include the launch of Kemp’s new anthology Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets featuring six essays by prominent Canadian women playwrights and performance poets, 8 to 9 p.m. at 42 Adelaide Street North.

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London presents Roo Borson and Rob Taylor. Pre-reading workshop with a discussion about Bowering’s poems begins at 6:30 p.m. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road. Admission free.

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 in WINDSOR: Cross Border Book Tallk with Karen Dionne. Hosted by Vanessa Shields. 6 to 9 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Roo Borson, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Rob Taylor, Chris Banks and Catherine Graham. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 in LONDON: The London Writers Society General Membership Meeting with a workshop on “The Devil Is In The Details”, Dundas Room, Central Library, London Public Library.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: Poet Shane Koyczan is the spotlight performer, 7:30 p.m. First Ontario Performing Arts Centre. There is an admission fee.

NOVEMBER 20 TO 24, 2017 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets presents the “Drunken Clock Silent Auction”, 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., 688 Richmond Street West.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017 in WINDSOR: Twin Hockey Book Launch with Ken Daniels and Bob Duff, 7 to 9 p.m., Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street West.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. 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. 127 Christina Street S.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017  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, 2017 in KINGSTON: Stories in Poetry: Kingston Tour features Susie Berg, Ramna Safeer, Maggie Helwig, and Banoo Zan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Novel Idea Bookstore, 156 Princess Street. There is an admission charge for this event.

NOVEMBER 19, 2017 in SARNIA: Local historical fiction writer Bob McCarthy will launch his new book The Book of Bob: Stories Remembered, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street. Hosted by The Book Keeper. Admission is free. Open to the public.

November 19, 2017 in Sarnia - Bob's launch

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 in SARNIA: The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts presents the Sarnia  launch and Canadian contributors’ reading of the California-based anthology Lummox Number Six. Out-of-town readers include Patrick Connors, Jennifer L. Foster and David Haskins. Local readers James Deahl, Debbie Okun Hill, Norma West Linder, Rhonda Melanson, Lynn Tait, and Grace Vermeer,  1 to 3 p.m. Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Admission: Free.

LUMMOX Six Sarnia launch November 18, 2017 at the Lawrence House

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 in TORONTO: Indie Literary Market presented by the Meet the Presses Collective, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, 427 Bloor St. West.

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: “What’s in Your Writer’s Wardrobe? Explorations in Poetry, Non-Fiction and Fiction” is a three-hour workshop designed for stretching, experimentation, and play and presented by Ruth E. Walker and Gwynn Scheltema. This free workshop is hosted by The Canadian Authors’ Association – Niagara branch. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. , St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street.

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 in LONDON: Angie Abdou will be featured, 7 to 8 p.m. Landon Brandon, London Public Library, 167 Wortley Road

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents “Mystery Night with Linwood Barclay and Ian Hamilton” 7 to 9 p.m. Sarnia Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Land. Advanced tickets required. Space limited.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 in LONDON: Michelle Elrick launches her newest book. London poet  Kevin Heslop will also read. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Brown & Dickson, 608 Richmond Street.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Jess Taylor, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 14, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Susan Alexander, Michelle Elrick, and Christopher Doda. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 14, 2017 in TORONTO: Anne Michaels – An Intimate Evening is presented by the Literature Section of the Heliconian Club’s 2017-2018 Salon Series. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is a charge for this event., The Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. 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. 127 Christina Street S.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017  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 12, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Autumn Harvest Poetry Festival. Members reading plus open mic for non-members. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mah Tay and Lounge, 241 St. Paul St. Free admission.

NOVEMBER 11, 2017 in TORONTO: The Crime Writers of Canada’s 35th Anniversary celebration with guest readers Alison Bruce, Cynthia St. Pierre, John Oughton, K. J. Howe, Lisa De Nikolits, Madeleine Harris-Callway, Nate Hendley, and Steve Shrott. Songs by Kari Maaren. 3 to 5 p.m. at The Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Road.

NOVEMBER 11, 2017 in SARNIA: The Sarnia launch of the chapbook Drawing from Experience (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2017) by Debbie Okun Hill plus guest readings by out-of-town and former Lambton County writers Ryan Gibbs and Anne Kavanagh Beachey.  There will also be an open mic. Emcee will be Bob McCarthy. Sign-up at the door. 2 to 4 p.m. Coffee Lodge, 400 Exmouth Street. Open to the public.

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NOVEMBER 10, 2017 in LONDON: Creativity, Singer/Songwriter, and Social Justice: a musical performance and conversation with Frank Risdale, London, multi-award winning troubadour, 7 to 10 p.m., Vitali Student Lounge, King’s University College at Western University, 266 Epworth  Avenue.

NOVEMBER 9, 2017 in BARRIE: Word Up features guest readers Irene Guilford, James Deahl, and Norma West Linder followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. Unity Market Café & Studios

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in TORONTO: Palimpsest Press launches their 2017 books with authors Jon R. Flieger, Yvonne Blomer, Brian Bartlett, Angela Hibbs and poetry editor Jim Johnstone. 7 p.m. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Romcesvalles Avenue. Admission is free.

November 8, 2017 in Toronto

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents former Toronto Maple Leaf Doug Gilmour, author of Killer. Book signing only. 7 to 9 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in LONDON: IFOA Ontario Lit On Tour and Brown and Dickson presents author Gary Barwin. He will read from his latest work and be interviewed by Jason Dickson, 7 to 8 p.m. 609 Richmond St. Advance tickets required.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents L.E. Stirling, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Elana Wolff, Rebecca Papucuru, and Norman Allan. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 in TORONTO: The Porcupine’s Quill presents the book launch of The Essential John Reibetanz selected by Jeffery Donaldson, 6 to 8 p.m. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE START TIME CHANGE FROM 2 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 in TORONTO: Gerry Shatford will present a concert of original music inspired by the poetry of Al Purdy, 2 p.m., Gallery 345. There is an admission fee with all proceeds from the event to be donated to the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 in LONDON: A reading by graphic novelist Chester Brown, author of Lois Riel and Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. 1 to 2 p.m., Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 in LONDON: Tanya Talaga and Liz Howard in conversation with Andy Verboom. Hosted by Words Fest London 12 noon, Museum London, Lecture Theatre

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 in LONDON: London Writers Today will spotlight readings and conversations with Deemus, Emma Croll-Baehre, Erica McKeen, Kelly Creighton, and Marta Croll-Baehre. Hosted by Andy Verboom as part of the Words Fest London, 10 to 11 a.m.

NOVEMBER 4, 2017 in WINDSOR: Join Christian Laforet, Edmond Gagnon and Ben Van Dongen as they launch the book All These Crooked Streets, 8 to 11 p.m. River’s Edge Tap & Table, 494 Riverdale Ave. Admission: FREE.

NOVEMBER 4, 2017 in LONDON: The Poet Laureate presents “Sounds & Poetry” hosted by Tom Cull as part of Words Fest London, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North

NOVEMBER 4 and 5, 2017 in LONDON: Souwesto Book Expo and Workshop featuring 30 plus tables of authors, publishers, and book-related representatives plus three different workshops each day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, upstairs gallery, Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.

November 4 and 5, 2017 Souwesto Book Expo in LondonNOVEMBER 4, 2017 in WYOMING: The Lambton County Library presents its Used Book Fair 9 to 12 noon at the Library Headquarters, 787Broadway Street

NOVEMBER 3 to 5, 2017 in WATERLOO/KITCHENER: The New Quarterly presents the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival. Numerous times and locations. Featured guests include Alison Pick, Kathleen Winter, Stacey May Fowles, Mark Kingwell, Evelyn Lau, Robert Rotenberg, Helen Humphreys, Michael Redhill, and more. Admission charge.

NOVEMBER 3 to 5, 2017 in LONDON: words: the literary and creative arts festival “celebrates all things wordy: books, poetry, song, children’s literature, writing for the screen and stage, new media, spoken word performances and much more.”

November 3 to 5, 2017 in London

NOVEMBER 3, 2017 in LONDON: The opening reception of the fourth annual words: the literary and creative arts festival 2017. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North Advanced tickets required.

NOVEMBER 2 to 5, 2017 in SARNIA: The South Western International Film Festival. Save the dates. More info: TBA.

november-2017-eventNOVEMBER 2, 2017 in WINDSOR: The Literary Arts Windsor (LAW) 2017 Fall Event Series presents “Deconstructing the Analyst: Molly Peacock in Conversation with Lorraine Steele” 7 p.m. SHO Art, Spirit, & Performance, 628 Monmouth Road, Unit 6. There is an admission fee (for non-LAW members) at the door.

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 in WINDSOR: The launch of You Are Among Monsters (Pamimpsest Press, 2017) by Jon R Flieger and a reading by poet Amicar John Nogueira, 7 to 9 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyndotte Street East

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 in WYOMING: Military Used Book Fair includes print and video resources for military, army, and navy donate from a local collector. 1 to 8 p.m. Lambton Country Library  Headquarters, 787 Broadway Street.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in HAMILTON: Several Canadian contributors to the California-based LUMMOX anthology will be sharing their work. Readers include: James Deahl, Jennifer L. Foster, Ellen S. Jaffe, Donna Langevin, John. B. Lee, Norma West Linder, Deborah A. Morrison, and Lynn Tait. Doors open at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:15 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North. Admission free.

LUMMOX Six launch dates November 2017

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Joshua Schuster followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The St. Catharines Public Library and the Canadian Authors Association presents an evening of readings by fiction and creative non-fiction writers, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mills Room at the St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room poetry series presents the season-ending open mic for Goderich and Huron County and area poets. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Goderich Branch Library, 52 Montreal Street

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Catherine Hernandez, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in LONDON: The Write Place and The Centre for Creativity presents a Visiting Author Reading with poet Laurie Graham, 1:30 p.m. at the Spriet Learning Commons, Student Life Centre, Western University.