Category: Events

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In Praise of the Blatantly Poetic—P.P.S: Do You Copy?

by E. Martin Nolan

There’s been another argument. About lyrics, I think. Involving someone named Major Perloff? A sniper? At least very selective and narrow in scope. Also involving obnoxious suits and imprecise talk of “poetic capital”? Archivists who think they’re the first person to find out it’s weird to transcribe spoken or recorded language talking down to poets like they didn’t already know that?

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The Ruckus Reading Series Brings the Noise to the Danforth

by E. Martin Nolan

The Toronto reading series youth movement is strong. You’ve all heard of Emerging Writers, which packs ’em in once a month at Duffy’s. But on the Danforth portion of the East-West subway line, the folks at The Ruckus Reading Series are preparing the second instalment of their own series aimed at amping things up a bit,

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“It’s Something You Really Need to See for Yourself:” Alicia Louise Merchant of Write Club and Raconteurs

by Jess Taylor

“The main reason why I do these things is because they are events I like attending.” Writer, host, and curator, Alicia Louise Merchant has two series under her belt—Raconteurs, a live storytelling event, and Write Club, an event where writers compete against one another by reading work they’ve prepared the week before and receiving votes from the live audience.

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“Public Speaking Is a Really Good Idea:” Edward Nixon of Livewords

by Jess Taylor

“I kinda feel like I got a reading series the way someone would say, ‘Hey, Jess, I’m moving to Montreal. Will you take my cat?’” A seasoned promoter of the Toronto literary community, avid supporter of live readings, and host of Toronto’s Livewords, Edward Nixon recently gave me a run-down of Toronto’s diverse reading culture,

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Upcoming Toronto Readings: A Puritan Guide

by The Puritan Editors

Ho, boy. A cluster of late Spring, early Summer literary activity in the Big Smoke. Allow The Puritan to be your guide over the next few weeks of launches, readings, and general shindiggery.

First up: former Puritan Associate Editor Andrew MacDonald will be giving a reading at the Taddle Creek Summer Launch on Friday,

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Laura Clarke and Suzannah Showler up for the 2013 Bronwen Wallace Award

by The Puritan Editors

Despite being founded in 1620, The Puritan prides itself on its voyages into the literary frontier. Age doesn’t matter in this regard—P.K. Page was knocking socks off posthumously—but it naturally falls to the young to reinvent the wheel, overcome dumb bigotries, reinvigorate a national literature, etc. The problem is that you usually get recognized for that latter task well after the work is done—if you’re lucky.

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Come What May: Toronto Literary Event Itinerary—May pt. 1

by Shaun Hogan

Good People of Toronto,

The spring launch season has clacked into fourth gear.  Journals are being launched at ungodly rates, anthologies and novels, poetry collections and non-fiction works—everything’s launching, launching, launching.

In light of this, I would like to suggest that staying inside to watch Louie on Netflix for the sixth consecutive night is 1) starting to require a seriously perverse effort of will,

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The Garrison Monopolizes Toronto’s Spring Launch Season

by Jess Taylor

This year’s spring launch season feels a little more subdued than last year – maybe it’s the terrible, fluky weather, but I think it’s that everything’s at The Garrison. The Dundas West spot houses the monthly Write Club, but this spring it’s hosted launches for Coach House,

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Coach House Kicks off the Spring Launch Season

by Jess Taylor

chbPick an event, pick a venue, pick a date: the odds are in your favour. Coach House has spent the past year putting a little more oomph into the spring launch season, and Toronto’s Canlit junkies will be among the first to taste the fruits of their labours.

This past Thursday,