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Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme launch Hustling Verse in New York

New York, NY Oct 12 07:00 pm

Editors Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme bring their new anthology Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry to New York on Saturday, October 12 at Bluestockings Bookstore on the Lower East Side.

In Hustling Verse, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry.

Contributors reading in New York are Aimee Herman, Audacia Ray, Miss Sugar Mamasota, Tracy Quan and Lorelei Lee.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
7:00-9:30pm
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, Lower East Side, New York
A FREE EVENT
Book sales available for purchase and signing by the editors/contributors

For more information, see Bluestockings' website.

Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme launch Hustling Verse in Toronto

Toronto, ON Oct 16 07:00 pm

Editors Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme launch their groundbreaking new anthology Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry at Toronto's Lula Lounge on Wednesday, October 16, co-presented by Another Story Bookshop and Arsenal Pulp Press. The event is co-sponsored by the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (University of Toronto).

In Hustling Verse, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry.

Contributors reading in Toronto include Jaene F. Castrillon, AK Saini, Naomi Sayers, Amber Dawn Pullin, Alec Butler, Jasbina Justice, and Irene Wilder.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7:00-9:00pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St West, Toronto
A FREE EVENT
Book sales by Another Story Bookshop
Fully wheelchair accessible

Dinner reservations guarantee seating; call 416-588-0307, or lula.ca.

For more information, see the Facebook event page or Another Story Bookshop's website.

Vivek Shraya at Calgary Wordfest: "Graphic Novel Showcase"

Calgary, AB Oct 17 07:00 pm

Vivek Shraya, author (with illustrator Ness Lee) of the graphic novel Death Threat, appears at Calgary's Wordfest on October 17 as part of the "Graphic Novels Showcase."

We all know that Canadians excel at short fiction and sketch comedy — you can now add the graphic novel to our genre boasting rights. All the ammo you’ll need will be on display at this animated showcase. It features Sarah Leavitt, whose memoir, Tangles: A Story About My Mother, Alzheimer’s, and Me, was the first graphic work to be recognized by the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, YA series Indigenous authors David A. Robertson and Tasha Spillett, and Calgary’s one-woman force field, Vivek Shraya.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00pm
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2 St SW
Tickets: $20 - $25

For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Wordfest website.

 

Kai Cheng Thom launches I Hope We Choose Love in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC Oct 18 07:00 pm

Kai Cheng Thom launches her essay collection I Hope We Choose Love in her hometown of Vancouver at Massy Books on October 18.

With her characteristic eloquence and honesty, Kai Cheng's new book proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. 

The evening will feature a Q&A with Kai Cheng Thom and is hosted by accomplished local filmmaker David Ng of Love Intersections. We encourage you to come ready to participate in a facilitated dialogue.

Friday, October 18, 2019
7:00pm
Massy Books, 229 East Georgia St., Vancouver
A FREE EVENT
Books available for purchase and signing by the author

Massy Books' downstairs event space is accessible. You can view the floorplan here: http://www.massybooks.com/accessibility/

Please feel free to reach out with any inquiries. You can call the store at (604) 721-4405 and/or email info@massybooks.com

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Wayde Compton and April dela Noche Milne launch The Blue Road in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC Oct 19 06:00 pm

Wayde Compton and April dela Noche Milne launch The Blue Road: A Fable of Migration, their new young-adult graphic novel about a young girl named Lacuna and her journey to find a place where she belongs, in Vancouver at Massy Books on October 19.

Kirkus Reviews awarded the book a rare starred review, calling it "a touching allegory of the unexpected and burdensome trials of migration."

Saturday, October 19, 2019
6:00pm
Massy Books, 229 E Georgia St, Vancouver
A FREE EVENT
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Joshua Whitehead at Calgary's Wordfest: "Cabinet of Curiosities"

Calgary, AB Oct 19 07:00 pm

Award-winning author Joshua Whitehead (Jonny Appleseed) appears at Calgary's Wordfest at an event entitled "Cabinet of Curiosities" on October 19.

In this storytelling event, eight authors have seven minutes to tell the tale behind the talismanic objects that fuel their writing. Hosted by Leah Sarich.

Jonny Appleseed was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, and won the Lambda Literary Award for gay fiction.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
7:00pm
Memorial Library, 1221 2 St SW, 2nd floor
Tickets: $20 - $25

For more information or to purchase tickets, see the Wordfest website.

Lindsay Wong at Bookfest Windsor

Windsor, ON Oct 19 08:00 pm

Lindsay Wong, author of the award-winning memoir The Woo-Woo, is interviewed by fellow award-winning Arsenal author Casey Plett (Little Fish) as part of Bookfest Windsor on October 19.

The Woo-Woo was a finalist for 2019's Canada Reads competition and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust of Canada Nonfiction Prize.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:00pm
School of Creative Arts (SoCA) The Armouries, 37 University Ave East, Windsor, ON
A TICKETED EVENT

For more information, see the Bookfest Windsor website.

Ivan Coyote at Calgary Wordfest: "The Way We Wear"

Calgary, AB Oct 20 01:00 pm

Ivan Coyote, whose latest book is Rebent Sinner, appears at Wordfest in Calgary as part of the event "The Way We Wear" on October 20.

This event, an audience favourite, returns for the third year. Eight stylish authors open their closets and share the significance of an item of clothing or accessory that defines them. A sartorial storytelling event that’s guaranteed to get you thinking about the meaning behind what’s in your closet.

Appearing with Ivan are writers Rosetta Allan, Armando Lucas Correa, Ruby Porter, Andrew Pyper, Humble the Poet, and Leni Zumas.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library, 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $20 - $25
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information and a link to buy tickets, see the Wordfest event page.

Catherine Hernandez and Syrus Marcus Ware launch I Promise

Toronto, ON Oct 20 04:00 pm

Another Story Bookshop and Arsenal Pulp Press are pleased to present the launch of I Promise, a new children's picture book by Catherine Hernandez (author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough) and Syrus Marcus Ware, on October 20 at the Fort York Library in Toronto.

I Promise tenderly showcases the many shapes, sizes, and colours that families come in, emphasizing that every queer family starts with the sacred promise to love a child.

Readers big and small and families of all kinds can enjoy a reading and songs with Fay of Fay and Fluffy's Drag Queen Storytime and Catherine, followed by a chance to learn how to illustrate a story about your own family with Syrus.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
4:00pm
Fort York Library Meeting Room, 190 Fort York Blvd., Toronto
A FREE EVENT
Fully wheelchair accessible
Books available for purchase by Another Story Bookshop
All are welcome, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN

For more information, see Another Story's website or the Facebook event page.

Ivan Coyote at Calgary Wordfest: "Speak Up: Billy-Ray Belcourt & Ivan Coyote"

Calgary, AB Oct 20 04:30 pm

Ivan Coyote, whose latest book is Rebent Sinner, appears at Wordfest in Calgary alongside Griffin Poetry Prize-winning poet Billy-Ray Belcourt as part of the event "Speak Up: Billy-Ray Belcourt & Ivan Coyote" on October 20.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
4:30 PM
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library, 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $20 - $25
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information and a link to buy tickets, see the Wordfest event page.