Category: Events

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Chris Graham on Amazing New Stuff!

by Jess Taylor

“I want to invest exactly the amount of time that I have fun,” Chris Graham told me about Amazing New Stuff in Northwood Café on Bloor Street West. Amazing New Stuff began in October 2012 when Graham was still relatively new to Toronto. “I wrote this thing [on the National Congress of the KKK] and wanted to advertise it and to get people to buy it or even just read it.

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Back to School in Toronto

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity agent Tracy Kyncl goes to Massey College to celebrate with Robert McGill.  

On September 11th 2013, Robert McGill launched his latest novel, Once We Had a Country, at Massey College on the U of T campus. The novel,

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Stand-Out Poets Bring the Noise in TO

by Tracy Kyncl

Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl explores the wonders of sound in the Toronto literary scene.

On a humid, sticky Tuesday night with a thunderstorm on the horizon, I made my way to the Black Swan Tavern, the new location for Toronto’s longest-running weekly poetry series Art Bar, only to find out that the venue had been double-booked!

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BookcampTO 2013 and the Extending Hallway

by Phoebe Wang

Conferences bring people together for a few days of fruitful exchange, but those exchanges are often cut short just when they’ve gotten started. Just when small talk gives way to conversation, it’s time for closing remarks. Just when the others start to look familiar, it’s time to go home.

For the past five years,

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“The One I Could Believe in:” Jacob McArthur Mooney on the Pivot Reading Series

by Jess Taylor

Pivot Readings, founded in 2008, is one of the most respected reading series on the literary scene today. Pivot host Jacob McArthur Mooney and I sat outside Le Gourmond Café, where Mooney filled me in on Pivot’s well-established brand and rich history. “I take stewardship of the series very seriously.

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The Final Days of Q Space

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl finalizes her farewell in part two of her series on Toronto’s beloved hub, Q Space.

As a final send off to Q Space, Luciano Iacobelli organized and hosted the Lyrical Myrical Author’s Festival from Friday, August 23rd until Sunday,

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The Final Days of Q Space

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl bids farewell in part one of a two-part series.

August represents a lot of “lasts” for people. It signals the last month of warm weather in Toronto, the last days of freedom before school, and for the literary community,

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Anthony de Sa Suffuses Lisbon with Little Portugal

by Phoebe Wang

It’s nearly impossible to imagine Toronto’s west end, especially along Dundas and the Brockton and Bloordale areas, without its Portuguese bakeries, markets and houseware shops. In the mid-1950s, migrants fleeing the regime of António de Salazar began settling in Toronto, and Brazilian and Angolese have since added to Canada’s largest concentration of Portuguese-speaking migrants.

Yet how familiar are we with Portuguese literature?

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Hot-Sauced Words and a Pint? Poetry Finds its Community at the Black Swan Tavern

by Tracy Kyncl

Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl reports on the ongoing poetry series Hot-Sauced Words, based on her experience there last week in Toronto.

Every month, a dedicated troupe of writers, from the experienced to the aspiring, congregate at the Black Swan Tavern for an evening as exciting as its name suggests. 

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First Week on the Job: What Small and Large Scale Literary Events Have to Offer

by Tracy Kyncl

Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl reports on two literary events from last week in Toronto.

One role of The Puritan’s new Publicity Agents is to attend literary events across the city, and as far as fresh crops of staffers go, we have it pretty good. This past week I decided it would be fun to structure my logophilia-laden social calendar around a comparison of scale.