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Events This Week: August 14-19

August 14, 2018

August 14, 8-11pm
Event Name: Art Bar Series
Location: Free Times Cafe
What Is It: Art Bar is a weekly series of poetry readings. This week features Maureen Hynes, Ronna Bloom and John Oughton and is hosted by Rosa Arlotto.
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility details.
Cost: $5
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August 14, 7-8:15pm
Event Name: The Boy on the Bicycle Book Launch
Location: Toronto Reference Library
What Is It: Head to the launch of Nate Hendley’s new book, The Boy on the Bicycle, about a largely forgotten case of wrongful conviction that took place in Toronto. The case involved a 14 year-old boy, falsely accused of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in 1956.
Accessibility: Toronto Reference Library is wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Free
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August 15, 8-11:55pm
Event Name: ChiSeries Toronto: Mortified Readings!
Location: Round Venue
What Is It: Join the ChiSeries for mortified readings! Back by popular demand, published authors read from their early work. Featuring Madeline Ashby, Nancy Baker, Don Bassingthwaite, Elaine Chen, Gemma Files, Tanya Gough, Stephen Michell, David Nickle, Troy Harkin, Sandra Kasturi, Brett Savory, and more!
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility details.
Cost: Free
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August 16, 6:30-9:30pm
Event Name: The African-Jamaican Aesthetic Book Launch
Location: A Different Booklist
What Is It: Join Dr. Lisa Tomlinson for the launch of her new book, The African-Jamaican Aesthetic at A Different Booklist.
Accessibility: A Different Booklist is wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Free
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August 18, 1-2pm
Event Name: Travesía Mágica: Storytime in Spanish
Location: Fort York Library
What Is It: Celebrating Toronto’s Spanish-speaking community through stories, songs, and collages! Writer and filmmaker Yannis Lobain will be leading the creation of some handmade books. These books will be filled with the stories and ideas of those who attend this event. All supplies will be provided, the only thing you need to bring is your imagination.
Accessibility: Fort York Library is wheelchair accessible
Cost: Free
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August 19, 12-4pm
Event Name: Ritual Readings
Location: Gardiner Museum
What Is It: This reading, curated and moderated by Amy Wong of Angry Asian Feminist Gang and Whitney French, features local BIPOC nonbinary, trans women, and cis women writers and artists. The event will engage in a practice of remembering past voices, animating a legacy of feminist literature. Readers include Rain Chan, Thea Lim, and Natalie Wee and a collective from the Story Reno Studio.
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility details.
Cost: Free with Registration
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