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Corinna Chong at Toronto International Festival of Authors

Toronto, ON Sep 24 04:30 pm

Corinna Chong, author of The Whole Animal, appears at Toronto's International Festival of Authors on Sunday, September 24 at an event entitled "Animals of the Body."

Three debut short story collections challenge genre and form as they explore themes of queerness, womanhood, sexuality and the body.

In Paola Ferrante’s Her Body Among Animals, toxic masculinity, motherhood and the ongoing repression of outdated sociopolitical systems are examined in a collection influenced by everything from pop culture to sci-fi to the climate crisis.

Similar themes underpin Anuja Varghese’s Chrysalis, which puts women of colour at the centre of a collection that dives deep into the intersections of family, cultural expectation and power.

Corinna Chong‘s The Whole Animal grapples with the self-alienation and self-discovery that make us human, as flawed characters wrestle with the complexities of relationships and struggle to find identity, belonging and autonomy. Fans of the short story won’t want to miss an intriguing conversation with three writers unafraid to blur the lines between reality and surreality as they interrogate the frameworks of society.

Moderated by Nancy Lam.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Sunday, September 24, 2023
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

For more information, click here.

Winnipeg Free Press Book Club presents Casey Plett

Online Sep 25 07:00 pm

On September 25, the Winnipeg Free Press Book Club features THIN AIR 2023 guest, Casey Plett, and her latest story collection A Safe Girl to Love. This event is hosted by John Toews of McNally Robinson, Ben Sigurdson of the Winnipeg Free Press, and WIWF’s director, Charlene Diehl.

The Book Club meeting will take place on the Winnipeg Free Press’s YouTube channel on

Monday, September 25, 2023
7:00pm CT

Emily-Pohl Weary at Real Vancouver Writers' Series

Vancouver, BC Sep 28 07:00 pm

Emily Pohl-Weary reads from her new YA novel How to Be Found at the Real Vancouver Writers' Series on September 28 at Iron Dog Books in Vancouver.

Also reading will be Brandi Bird, Samantha Nock, Charis Young, Michelle Brown, and Cole Nowicki. Hosted by Real Vancouver's Dina Del Bucchia and Sean Cranbury.

Thursday, September 28, 2023
Real Vancouver Writers' Series
Iron Dog Books, 671 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Vivek Shraya: How to Fail as a Popstar at Toronto International Festival of Authors

Toronto, ON Oct 01 06:30 pm

At the Toronto International Festival of Authors on October 1, Multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya presents the journey of How To Fail As A Popstar, her funny, vulnerable and imaginative exploration of failure – from the inception of the one-person stage show in 2020, to publishing a book adaptation in 2021, to creating, writing and starring in the upcoming CBC Gem original series. Premiering this fall, the coming-of-age series about a queer brown boy growing up in Edmonton trying to achieve pop stardom and what went almost right along the way – as told by the queer trans femme that boy becomes.

This event will feature an advance screening of episodes of How to Fail as a Popstar, a brief performance from Vivek’s play, songs from the forthcoming soundtrack, and an insightful conversation with Vivek, series director Vanessa Matsui and co-star Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Sunday, October 1, 2023
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

For more information including tickets, click here.

Vancouver launch for Tara Sidhoo Fraser's When My Ghost Sings

Vancouver, BC Oct 04 06:00 pm

Join Tara Sidhoo Fraser for the launch of her acclaimed book When My Ghost Sings: A Memoir of Stroke, Recovery, and Transformation at Massy Arts Society in Vancouver on October 4.

Of the book, Amber Dawn writes: "When My Ghost Sings is a lyrical exploration as much as it is a narrative. It is allegory, and it is sharply candid, an unhurried and nuanced journey of both uncertainty and love."

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Massy Arts Society, 23 East Pender St, Vancouver

Book sales by Massy Books.

Nick Marino at Black Bond Books in Ladner

Ladner, BC Oct 04 07:00 pm

Nick Marino reads from and talks about his book East Side Story: Growing Up at the PNE at Black Bond Books in Ladner Village, BC on October 4.

East Side Story, a #1 BC bestseller, is a sly, sentimental, and wickedly funny memoir about spending summers working at Vancouver's famous fair.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Doors 6:30pm / Event 7:00pm
Black Bond Books, 5052 4th Ave, Ladner Village, BC

Books available for purchase and signing by the author.

Casey Plett at Milkweed Books in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN Oct 05 07:00 pm

Join Milkweed Books in Minneapolis as they welcome Casey Plett, author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Little Fish, and celebrate the reissue of her debut Lambda-winning short story collection A Safe Girl to Love and the release of her new nonfiction book On Community (Biblioasis). Casey will read from both titles, followed by a conversation with academic writer Cass Adair, with a signing afterward.

Alongside Casey's reading from A Safe Girl to Love and On Community, Milkweed is also delighted to have poets torrin a. greathouse and Daphne DiFazio, and short fiction writer Alice Stoehr, read and put their work in conversation with Casey and Cass.

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue S, Suite 107, Minneapolis, MN

For more information, click here.

Emily Pohl-Weary launches How to Be Found in Toronto

Toronto, ON Oct 06 07:00 pm

Emily Pohl-Weary launches her new young adult novel How to Be Found at Another Story Bookshop in Toronto on October 6.

Emily will read an excerpt and then will be joined by Bev Katz Rosenbaum (author of I'm Good and Other Lies and Who Is Tanksy) for a discussion about writing teen novels set in Toronto about challenging subject matter.

Friday, October 6, 2023 
Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

Books available for purchase and signing by the author.

For more information, see Another Story's event page here.

Casey Plett at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, MB Oct 07 07:00 pm

Two-time Lambda Literary Award winner Casey Plett reads from her books A Safe Girl to Love and On Community (Biblioasis) at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg on October 7.

The event, hosted by Jonathan Dyck, will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube streamBefore arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store. The venue is accessible.

Saturday, October 7, 2023
McNally Robinson, Atrium, 4000-1120 Grant Ave

For more information, click here.

Nick Marino at Whistler Writers Festival

Whistler, BC Oct 13 08:00 pm

Nick Marino, author of East Side Story: Growing Up at the PNE, appears at the Whistler Writers Festival's Literary Cabaret in Whistler, BC on October 13.

Sashay your way to the Literary Cabaret and enjoy a night of literary musings and live music. The West Coast Front band will jam alongside guest authors Cody Caetano (Half Bads in White Regalia), Patrick deWitt (The Librarianist), Justene Dion-Glowa (Trailer Park Shakes), Michael Janyk (Go to the Start), Jen Sookfong Lee (Superfan), Jennifer Manuel (The Morning Bell Brings the Broken Hearted), Nick Marino (East Side Story: Growing up at the PNE), Rabbi Paul Plotkin (Wisdom Grows in My Garden), and Bronwyn Preece (knee deep in high water : riding the Muskwa-Kechika) as they read from their newest books.

The West Coast Front features music director Geeta Das (trumpet, saxophone, and percussion), Rajan Das (upright bass), Jason Overy (percussion), and Rosalind Steel (piano and electric keys). During the evening, the winners of the Whistler Independent Book Awards will be announced for the Fiction, Non-fiction, and Children’s categories. Be sure to get your tickets now before this popular event sells out!

Friday, October 14, 2023
Whistler Writers Festival, Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler, BC
Tickets: $32

To see the festival schedule, clickhere.