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Events This Week: July 23-29

July 23, 2018

Here’s what Toronto has on tap in the literary sphere this week! Have an event coming up? Click here to email us your listing!

Now go, celebrate books, enjoy reading, and have fun!


July 23, 7-8pm
Event Name: Tara Atluri on “Uncommitted Crimes”
Location: Toronto Reference Library
What Is It: In her book Uncommitted Crimes: The Defiance of the Artistic Imagi/nation, Tara Atluri pays tribute to a new generation of artists whose creative frames of reference derive from multiple national, religious and cultural identities, and who are deviating from the mainstream to create art that engages with questions of societal oppression, survival and resistance.
Accessibility: Toronto Reference Library is partially accessible—contact the organizer for more information. The nearest accessible TTC station is Yonge/Bloor.
Cost: Free
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July 24-28
Event Name: Voices of Today
Location: Palmerston Library
What Is It: Voices of Today is a poetry festival run by youth for youth. Five days of workshops, open mics, and showcases, with the goal of bringing together youth poets from all across this colonial nation. Throughout the festival, teams will compete to be crowned the Voices of Today 2018 Grand Slam Champions.
Accessibility: You can find detailed accessibility information here.
Cost: PWYC (Suggested $10)
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July 26, 7-8pm
Event Name: Murderino Book Club
Location: Queen Books
What Is It: Join the second meeting of the Murderino book club – a book club inspired by the podcast My Favourite Murder. This month’s book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: Free
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July 27, 5-9pm
Event Name: Poetry Night: Windbirds and Spindrift
Location: LucSculpture School and Studios
What Is It: As part of the opening of the art show Windbirds and Spindrift, LucSculpture Studios will have a special poetry event! Featuring artist and poet Ed Baranosky, accompanied on guitar by Kent Bowman. Readings begin at 7pm.
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: Free
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July 28, 2-6pm
Event Name: Sick & Disabled Queer Youth Zine Fair
Location: House of Anansi Press
What Is It: The Sick & Disabled Queer Youth Zine Fair is a youth-led zine and art fair (including performances!) happening for the very first time this year in conjunction with the Bricks & Glitter Festival. This fair was dreamt up as a community space in which to gather and celebrate the work of queer youth artists with various experiences of disability and chronic illness.
Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible and has multi-stall restrooms with wheelchair accessible stalls. There will be conversational ASL interpretation available throughout the event. Scent-free strongly encouraged. If you have any access needs that weren’t addressed, please contact Kou at
Cost: Free but donations accepted (funds will go towards Bricks & Glitter Festival Fund)!
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July 28, 7-11pm
Event Name: Toronto Poetry Slam featuring Luke Reece
Location: The Drake Hotel
What Is It: Toronto Poetry Slam is back with another spoken word battle-concert featuring national champ Luke Reece!
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: $7
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