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Events This Week: July 1-7

July 2, 2018

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

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

July 3, 7-9pm
Event Name: “Cradles” Book Launch
Location: Another Story Bookshop
What It Is: Another Story Bookshop presents the Toronto book launch for: Cradles by Salimah Valiani. Cradles is a collection poems on the nature(s) and nurturing that cradle us.
Accessibility: The entrance is wheelchair accessible but not the bathroom.
Cost: Free

July 4, 7:30-9:30pm

Event Name:Why is Shakespeare Shakespeare? With Zia Mohyeddin
Location: Aga Khan Museum
What It Is: Celebrated broadcaster Zia Mohyeddin picks up passages from Shakespeare’s plays to illustrate why the playwright, who was called an “upstart crow” by the literary establishment of his time, outshone all other dramatists of his age — and many ages to follow.
Accessibility:  Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: $40, $36 Friends, $30 students and seniors.

July 5, 4-7pm

Event Name: WOTS Pop-Up!
Location: Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market (At Dufferin Grove Park)
What It Is: Get a sneak peek at what’s in store at our annual September festival with readings from select authors, interviewed by Susan Cole of NOW magazine! Also featuring performances by the Toronto Poetry Slam Team!
Accessibility: The park is wheelchair accessible. There is a Wheel-Trans stop nearby. Ample space between booths.
Cost: Free.

July 5, 6-7:30pm

Event Name: The Mesdames Of Mayhem
Location: Palmerston Library
What It Is: Join Melodie Campbell, Cathy Dunphy, Lisa De Nikolits, Lynne Murphy and Rosemary McCracken as they discuss mystery and crime novels. Moderated by Arthur Ellis Award finalist Madeleine Callway.
Accessibility: Palmerston Library is wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Free.

July 5, 6-8pm

Event Name: Toronto Lit Up: Uzma Jalaluddin
Location: Ben McNally Books
What It Is: The International Festival of Authors presents the release of Uzma Jalaluddin‘s debut novel, Ayesha At Last. Register here.
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: Free.

July 5-8

Event Name: Toronto Art Book Fair
Location: Chinatown Centre Mall
What It Is: The Toronto Art Book Fair is a free public festival that celebrates and explores artists’ books and printed matter. TOABF is dedicated to increasing the visibility, dissemination, appreciation, and understanding of the artists’ book and its many contemporary manifestations within the visual arts.
Accessibility: Fully accessible
Cost: Free

July 7, 6-10pm

Event Name:The Insomniac’s Assistant – Toronto Launch
Location: 3 Delta Studio – Artscape Youngplace
What It Is: Penrose Press’ shiny new publication: The Insomniac’s Assistant by Sienna Tristen. Come and spend an evening drinking lemonade and eating watermelon in a beautiful old studio space in Artscape Youngplace. Sienna Tristen’s debut work of poetry sheds light on all the anxieties, insecurities, and obsessions that keep us up at night—then imagines a presence comforting enough to tame them.
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: Free