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“Come home, stay home”
As we self-isolate in our homes with the attempts of flattening the community spread of COVID-19, all “in person” public literary events in Ontario (to my knowledge) have been cancelled.
I will also be taking a break from updating this page but will return once the Canadian government has informed us that it is safe to resume our regular activities.
I will certainly miss receiving and promoting your notices about your literary events but I hope readers will continue to scroll down and support the featured writers by reading and reviewing your books.
As I wave to you “from a distance” via social media, please stay safe and continue to celebrate the creative spirit that lives within all of us. Think of it as a sabbatical. I am. – March 21, 2020
NOTE EFFECTIVE MAY 16, 2020: Many writers and publishers have been finding creative ways to share their work with online presentations. I have started to add these to the event listing below! –updated January 11, 2021
MY CURRENT READINGS AND WORKSHOPS: 2020
Lit Net TO, compiled by the Toronto Literary Organizer, is a weekly e-mailed newsletter that highlights literary activities such as reading series, poetry slams, local author book launches, literary festival events, and more taking place in and around Toronto. Those interested in subscribing to this FREE newsletter may sign-up here.
EVENTS FOR 2021 MAY BE FOUND HERE.
DECEMBER 29, 2020 ONLINE: Aeolus House presents the launch of There is a Place by Ivy Reiss, with special guest appearances by Brenda Clews and Jennifer Hosein and music by the Stevie Gee Jazz Funk Trio. Remotedly hosted by Allan Briesmaster, 7 to 9 p.m. EST. Tune into the website ThatChannel (dot) com. See poster below:
DECEMBER 17, 2020 ONLINE: The Argo Zoom Reading Series: Verse, Prose & Song presents Ilona Martini, Ian Ferrier, Matt Risk, Greg Santos, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Maria Caltabiano, Michael Mirolla, and Mark Foss. Hosted by Adele-Elise Prevost and Mori Lieberman, 7 to 9 p.m. EST via Zoom. Please e-mail events (at) argobookshop (dot) ca for the link.
DECEMBER 15, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers Clara Hartsfield and Lisa Richter. Guest host: TBA. 8 to 10 p.m. Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series. PLEASE NOTE: Following this evening’s event, the series will take a break over the holidays and will resume on January 5, 2020.
DECEMBER 13, 2020 ONLINE: The Guernica Launch Closing Party with featured readers, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. EST via ZOOM. See the poster below:
DECEMBER 12, 2020 ONLINE: “Writing Illness, Writing Wellness”, a writing workshop with award-winning author and professor Eufemia Fantetti, 2 p.m. EST. This is a 90-minute workshop with a Q & A. Hosted by the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW). Please note: this is an AICW fundraiser with advance registration and a donation required. Space is limited. See poster below:
DECEMBER 11, 2020 ONLINE: WORDS, The Literary and Creative Arts Festival presents “Around the Kitchen Table: Artist Talk” with Sharmistha Car, Ashley Snook, and Michelle Wilson, 7 p.m. over ZOOM. See the registration link on the WordFest London Canada event listing on Facebook.
DECEMBER 11, 2020 ONLINE: Shelly Harder, Kevin Heslop, and Monika Lee presents a reading and launch, 7 to 8 p.m via ZOOM. The link will be posted on the day of the event on the Facebook event page.
DECEMBER 10, 2020 ONLINE: Online Word Up presents featured readers and Q & A with Cornelia Hoogland and Michael Mirolla, at 7 p.m. followed by an open mic. via ZOOM. See the Facebook page for the link.
DECEMBER 10, 2020 ONLINE: Biblioasis presents the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2020 with series editor Anita Lahey and advisory editor Luke Hathaway, 7 to 8 p.m. EST to be streamed live on Facebook and on the Biblioasis YouTube channel.
DECEMBER 10, 2020 ONLINE: Blue Denim Press presents the virtual launch of The Way Things Fall, a debut novel by Liz Torlee. Hosted by Shane Joseph, 7 to 8 p.m. EST on the Facebook page of Blue Denim Press.
DECEMBER 9, 2020 ONLINE: The Book Keeper presents a virtual event and mending workshop with Around Khounnoraj, 7 p.m. NOTE: purchase of the book Visible Mending is required for the workshop link.
DECEMBER 9, 2020 ONLINE: The Fiddlehead celebrates 75 years with a series of free online readings featuring the writers whose work appears in the 75th anniversary issue. The events will be held August 26, September 30, October 28, November 25, and December 9, 6 p.m. EST. A list of readers and links are available from The Fiddlehead website.
DECEMBER 8, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers Bruce Meyer and Denis Stokes. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. 8 to 10 p.m. Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.
DECEMBER 8, 2020 ONLINE: The Boneshaker Readings Series presents guest readers Marilyn Dumont, Rod Carey, and Barbara Radecki. Hosted by Lillian Necakov, 6 p.m. EST via crowdcast. See the Facebook event page for additional information.
DECEMBER 7, 2020 ONLINE: “Sounds of Trance Formation: An Interview with Penn Kemp”, 5 p.m. ET via ZOOM.
DECEMBER 6, 2020 ONLINE: The LitLive Online Reading Series presents poetry and fiction with guest readers Brent van Staalduinen, Ray Robertson, Joshua Levy, Scott Thornley, Conyer Clayton, and Mark Goldstein, 7:30 p.m. via Eventbrite. See poster below:
DECEMBER 5, 2020 ONLINE: Conversations with Authors, a new series of thought-provoking discussions. Today’s event features internationally acclaimed author M. G. Vassanji., 1 p.m. EST via ZOOM. The event will include a 30 minute interview followed by a 30 minute Q & A.
DECEMBER 3, 2020 ONLINE: WORDS, The Literary and Creative Arts Festival presents author and poet Stephen Heighton. Hosted by WORDS artistic director Joshua Lambier, 7 p.m. over ZOOM. See the registration link on the WordFest London Canada event listing on Facebook.
DECEMBER 2, 2020 ONLINE: The LOMP: reading series & open mic presents featured guest Amy LcBlanc, 6:30 p.m. EST on the TAP Creativity Facebook page and website.
DECEMBER 1, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers bw Powerades and Josie di Sciascio Andrews. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. 8 to 10 p.m. Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.
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