Category: Events

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The EW Reading Series: You Will Not Be Asked Back

by Domenica Martinello

Four Toronto-based authors kicked off September’s edition of the Emerging Writer’s Reading Series with references to sentimental bears and professional wrestling. The reading, which takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at Duffy’s Tavern, was a nice primer for Toronto’s busy literary launch season, featuring a diverse selection of up-and-coming writers who give off the sense that they’re on the cusp of being more than a blip on the radar.

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Prose in Clothes

by Gavin Tomson

Writers don’t typically hold fashion in high esteem. Shakespeare dubbed fashion a “deformed thief.” The dandyish Oscar Wilde said, perhaps hypocritically, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Some writers even dress poorly on purpose. Rivka Galchen, one of my favourites, once wore to a videotaped interview at Strand Bookstore an oversized navy blue T-shirt with a happy face on it.

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The Forest for the Trees

by Ryan Pratt

As an arctic freeze descended over North America this past winter, breaking record lows that had held their own since the late 1800s, my wife and I were unpacking boxes in our new apartment in Hamilton. It might as well have been Hoth, the ice-covered planet from the Star Wars universe. Virtually inhospitable to wide-eyed enthusiasm,

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Montreal Lit Night at The Ossington

by Jason Freure

The diary entry is the newly trending genre among Montreal’s young English-language writers. Three of micro-press Metatron’s authors opened Montreal Lit Night on July 3rd at The Ossington, an event that counted a great number of Torontonians among its audience members. All three had one thing in common: they wrote semi-autobiographical poems and stories about ordinary events.

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Walt Whitman’s Toronto

by E. Martin Nolan

Walt Whitman wasn’t perfect. Even in a book that proclaims Whitman as America’s “Better Angel,” Roy Morris argues that traces of a particularly New York-form of racism (where slavery was sanctioned until 1828) could be found in the Old Grey Poet. Morris quotes from a 1858 editorial by Whitman: “is not America for the Whites?

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HIJ Reading Series: “An Interesting Place in the Middle”

by Jess Taylor

HIJ is a brand-new house reading series in the Junction, headed up by Jay and Hazel Millar. Predominantly known for their publishing house, BookThug, the Millars have always been involved in creating new facets of literary community with their new reading series, a discussion-based speak-easy, The Toronto New School,

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Pages on Fire

by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen

How can one advocate for more diverse representation in Canadian literature? For a group of young Ontario poets, it’s as simple as getting together twice a month and sharing their writing. “I find the group restorative,” says Tina Chu, a member of Brampton-based youth poetry collective Pages on Fire. “Racism now is much more subtle.

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Getting Back to the Poems—and to Humour

by E Martin Nolan

Daniel Scott Tysdal launched his poetry handbook, The Writing Moment a couple of days after Jason Guriel, Anita Lahey, and Zachariah Wells discussed matters of criticism at Ben McNally Books. The fact of the latter panel—its mere existence—is great.  We clearly need such a discussion, and The Puritan and Town Crier have enthusiastically taken part in that discussion over the past little while.

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Changing the Conversation

by Ryan Pratt

“A discussion of mysticism usually begins with the admission that adequate discussion is impossible,” said American scholar Holmes Welch, and it’s a quotation that struck me when a panel discussion entitled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry” crossed my desk and made its way to Hamilton.

Like mysticism, which over centuries gathers footnotes and commentaries that distort the original size and meaning of a text,