Events – 2018

JUNE 30, 2018 in TORONTO: Twenty storytellers will share their tales through music, poetry, and plain old talking during the Old Words – 2 Year Anniversary Show. This month’s theme is Love. 6 to 9 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

JUNE 30, 2018 in LONDON: Middlesex County raised graduate of Western University Daniel Perry will share his second collection of short stories Nobody Looks That Young Here, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly Street.

JUNE 30, 2018 in LONDON: Brown and Dickson is having a massive book sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown and Dickson, 609 Richmond Street.

JUNE 28, 2018 in LONDON: Couplets Series presents episode #18 with special guests Vincent Colistro and David Janzen, 5:50 to 7 p.m. at TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. (NOTE EARLIER START TIME)

JUNE 28, 2018 in CHATHAM: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and “The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” is a literary event consisting of a reading of Coleridge’s poem and a description of the poet’s life by speaker Clair Culliford of The Veranda Presents, 2 to 3 p.m. Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queen Street. Admission is free.

JUNE 27, 2018 in LONDON: Open Mic and ‘Za presents yoga at 6 p.m., pizza at 7 p.m., and an open mic at 8 p.m. Play a song, say a poem, tell a story… Zen’Za Pizzeria, 71 King Street.

JUNE 27, 2018 in SARNIA: Margaret Bird will launch her latest book Tea Cup Stories, a collection of humorous postcard stories, 5 to 7 p.m., Organization for Literary in Lambton, 180 College Road N.

JUNE 26. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Anne Forsythe Moore, Niki Koulouris, and Gianna Patriarca. Guest host: John Oughton. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 26, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto launch of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times with readers Natalee Caple, Paula Parris Eisenstein, Nathalie Foy, Catherine Graham, Sonnet L’Abbe, Kateri Lanthier, Canisia Lubrin, Tanis Mac Donald, Katie McGarry, Christine Minnery, Catriona Wright, and many more, 7 to 10 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street

JUNE 26, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXVI, Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets Jenna Tenn-Yuk and Rajindepal S. Pal with host Banoo Zan, doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street

JUNE 25, 2018 in TORONTO: Common Readings – The June Edition features Curtis LeBlanc, Mallory Tater, and David James Brock, 7 to 9 p.m. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West.

JUNE 25, 2018  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 THIS IS THE LAST WORKSHOP FOR THE SEASON. THE GROUP MEETS AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

JUNE 24, 2018 in COBOURG: The Cobourg Literary Mosh Pit presents Jaime Forsythe (I Heard Something), Jason Heroux (Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow), Steve Venright (The Least You Can Do Is Be Magnificent: Selected & New Writings) and Stuart Ross (who edited these new books)., 7 to 9 p.m. Little Underground, 11 King Street East.

JUNE 24, 2018 in KINGSVILLE: Woodbridge Farm’s third year of outdoor readings with Dani Couture and Melanie Janisse-Barlow, 3 to 6 p.m. 619 Woodbridge Ln.

JUNE 22, 2018 in TORONTO: Paul’s Poetry Night #13: Leave it to the Prose featuring spoken word readings by Carissa McIntyre, Yusuf Abubakar, Nada J Bibi, Sara Gladden, Domenico Capilongo, and Paul Edward Costa, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Full of Beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas Street West

JUNE 22, 2018 in SARNIA: Local writer David D Plain will launch his latest book A Brief History of the Saugeen Peninisula, Hosted by Aamjiwnaang Heritage & Culture E Maawizidijig, 11 a.m. Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre, 1972 Virgil Avenue.

Aboriginal Day Events June 22, 2017

David D Plain will launch his latest book ‘A Brief History of the Saugeen Peninsula” (Trafford Publishing, 2018) on Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m.

JUNE 21, 2018 in LONDON: London’s poet Laureate Tom Cull will lead a workshop on ekphrastic poetry (writing poems inspired by art), 6 to 8:30 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. There is a charge for this event. Advanced registration required.

JUNE 21, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and the League of Canadian Poets will host the launch of several new poetry books, 5:50 to 7 p.m., Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. The event is free but RSVP on-line.

JUNE 21, 2018 in SARNIA: As part of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the documentary “We Are Still Here”, the story of Residential Schools as told by Survivors will be screened, 2 p.m. at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South. Filmmaker Dwayne Cloes will introduce the film. Geraldine Robertson and Wilma Simon of Aamigwnaang First Nation will also participate in a discussion afterwards.

JUNE 20, 2018 in HAMILTON: Poets Jeffrey Donaldson (Fluke Print) and Tom Cull (Bad Animals) will read from their spring 2018 releases, 7 p.m., Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South.

JUNE 19, 2018 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers D. S. Martin, Archna Sahni, and Ilyana Keohane. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 19, 2018 in TORONTO: The launch party of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 to 9 p.m. Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue.

JUNE 19, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents An Intimate Evening with Karen Connelly,  This is an advanced ticketed event that includes her new book The Change Room, Dinner, a Glass of Wine, and a Fantastic Night, Space is limited, 6 p.m. at Republik Eatery & Lounge.

JUNE 18, 2018 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 except July and August. NOTE: This will be last event for the season. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JUNE 18, 2018 in LONDON: Karen Connelly, author of The Change Room will read and discuss her work, 7  to 8:30 p.m. Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library branch, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street. Admission is free. No registration required.

JUNE 18, 2018 in ST CLAIR: The Lambton County Library presents Daniel Barton, author of the book Watch, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wilkesport Library. 1349 Wilkesport Line.

JUNE 18, 2018  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

JUNE 17, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured poets Jeff Kirby and Stanley Fefferman plus an open mic (5 minutes per person). Hosted by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews, 4 to 6 p.m., Joshua Creek Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.  Donation suggested.

JUNE 16, 2018 in LONDON: London author and retired nurse Marylou McRae will launch her book Caps and Capers: A Memoir, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Cherryhill Library.

JUNE 15 and 16, 2018 in WYOMING: Used Book Fair, 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday & 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Wyoming Library, 536 Niagara Street.

JUNE 15, 2018 in OTTAWA: Books on Beechwood and Goose Lane Editions presents the Ottawa launch of Genevieve Scott’s debut novel-in- stories, Catch My Drift. Ottawa author Jared Young, whose novel Into the Current is currently long-shortlisted for Canada’s ReLit Awards will also be featured., 6 to 7 p.m. Books On Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue.

JUNE 14 to 17, 2018 in TORONTO: Canadian Writers Summit conference, Harbourfront Centre

JUNE 14, 2018 in BARRIE: Canadian writer Bruce Meyer reads from his new book of short stories, A Feast of Brief Hopes (Guernica Editions) at the monthly Word Up Reading Series, 7 to 10 p.m. Unity Market Café and Studios, 25 Toronto Street.

JUNE 14, 2018 in TORONTO: Inanna Spring Book Launch No. 3 with Tara Atturi, author of Uncommitted Crimes: The Defiance of the Artistic Imagination, Carol Rose Daniels, author of Hiraeth, Dian Day, author of The Madrigal, and Lise Weil, author of In Search of Pure Lust, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street. Admisison is free.

JUNE 14, 2018 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets presents 2018 New Members Reading featuring David Alexander, Susie Berg, Michelle Brown, Dani Couture, John Di Leonardo, Luciano Iacobelli, Eva Kolacz, Elbert Siu Ping Lee, M. A. Mahadeo, Emily Sanford, Renee M. Sgroi, Richard-Yves Sitoski, and yes the poet, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre.  Free to the public.

JUNE 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents Stanley Fefferman, Cora Sire, Charles s. smith and Heather Spears plus a mini feature with Kurt Zubatiuk, doors opens at 7:15 p.m., readings start at 7:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: Authors Sam Cheuk and Renee Sarojini Saklikar are being rescheduled for another date.) Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street.

JUNE 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Biblioasis launch of Oscar (trans. Donald Winkler) by Mauricio Segura white special guest Ray Robertson reading from his book 1979. The evening will also include musical stylings of Oscar Peterson songs from jazz pianist Andy Kitusa, 7 to 9 p.m. The Paddock Tavern, 178 Bathurst Street.

JUNE 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Art Bar presents Brenda Scibberras, Keith Garbarian, and Kate Rogers plus an Open Mic. Guest host: John Oughton.  PLEASE NOTE: earlier start and location change: 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The Cloak and Dagger Pub, 394 College Street (east of Bathurst).

JUNE 11, 2018 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.

JUNE 11, 2018 in KITCHENER: The Kitchener launch of Tom Cull’s debut poetry book Bad Animals (Insomniac Press, 2018). Readings by Cull and Canadian poet Laurie D. Graham, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Open Sesame, 220 King Street West.

JUNE 11, 2018  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

June 11, 2018 in London

JUNE 11, 2018 in LONDON: Poet (and Theory and Criticism Doctoral Candidate) John Nyman will give a public lecture “Double/Cross: Erasure in Theory and Poetry”, 10:30 a.m. Western University, Somerville House, Room 2348.

JUNE 10, 2018 in COLLINGWOOD:  In The Writers’ Studio presents acclaimed authors Genevieve Scott (Catch My Drift) and Sarach Selecky (Radiant Shimmering Light), 3 to 4:30 p.m., Simcoe Street Theatre, Studio 7, 65 Simcoe Street. NOTE: This is a ticketed event.

JUNE 9, 2018 in HAMILTON: The Tower Poetry Society presents the launch of its latest issue of Tower Poetry (Volume 67, Number 1),  2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street. Admission is free.

JUNE 9, 2018 in ST. CATHARINES: Author Karen Gansel will launch her new psychological/suspense novel Differences Between Us, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Chapters/Indigo Store, Unit G3, 285 Geneva Street. Admission is free.

JUNE 7, 2018 in SARNIA: Jindo Shokai, author of The Search for Self will share his life, lessons and spiritual journey during this free event, 7 to 9 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

Richard Maxwell June 7, 2018 in Sarnia

The launch of  “The Search for Self”, Thursday, June 7 starting at 7 p.m. at The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street in Sarnia, Ontario.

JUNE 6, 2018 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Annick Laura Leontine Macaskill  followed by an open mic 6:50  to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

JUNE 5. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Steve Meagher, Mike Lipsius, and Jonathan Bennett. Guest host: Rob Welch. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 4, 2018 in TORONTO & JUNE 5, 2018 in KINGSTON: Mansfield Press launches five spring releases. (See poster below.) Both events start at 7 p.m. On Monday – Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton & on Tuesday, Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street.

June 3, 2018 in Kingston

JUNE 4, 2018  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

JUNE 3, 2018 in HAMILTON: The Tower Poetry Society celebrates the oldest poetry group in North America with some historical and current poems from the organization’s published members. 2 to 4 p.m. The Staircase Theatre’s Bright Room (uppermost floor) at 27 Dundurn Street North. Admission free. Everyone is welcome.

JUNE 2, 2018 in GUELPH: The launch of The Deserters by Pamela Mulloy and In Search of the Perfect Signing Flamingo by Claire Tacon will include a reading and a short discussion, 2 to 4 p.m. The Bookshelf , 41 Quebec Street

JUNE 1, 2, 4, 8, and 9, 2018 in LONDON: Poet David Stones performs a remodeled version of Infinite Sequels as part of  the 2018 London Fringe Festival. Various show times. McManus Studio Theatre. This is a ticketed event. See poster for more information.

May 30 to June 9, 2018 in London

JUNE 1, 2018 in LONDON: London’s Poet Laureate Tom Cull will launch his new poetry book Bad Animals (Insomniac Press, 2018). The event will include a mixture of music and poetry performance (special mystery guests). Doors open at 6 p.m. Program beings at 7 p.m. London Bicycle Café, 355 Clarence Street. All ages welcome.

June 1, 2018 in London

MAY 31 TO JUNE 2, 2018 in COBALT: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival 2018. Schedule of weekend events here.

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