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Leanne Prain at the Toronto International Festival of Authors: Creative Activism through Art & Writing

Toronto, ON Sep 24 06:30 pm

Leanne Prain, author of The Creative Instigator's Handbook, appears in person at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on Saturday, September 24 in a workshop event entitled "Creative Activism through Art & Writing: Make a Manifesto!"

In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to artists, designers and writers who through varied and unusual creative work make a difference in the world. With a wide variety of visual examples, Leanne will discuss how art can be used to implement civic collaborations, community co-creations and conversation-worthy street art.

Participants will learn simple book-binding techniques in order to craft their own simple zine before being invited to explore how to use their creative skills with a variety of fun writing and brainstorming prompts designed to activate meaningful social or political change. Inspire your own activist causes, your personal creative manifestos, your ideal co-conspirators and your dream projects.

Basic zine-making supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring extra bits of personally meaningful ephemera, photos, notes or glitter to add to their zines if they choose.

Appropriate for ages 12–100.

Saturday, September 24, 2022
6:30pm ET
Toronto International Festival of Authors, Main Loft in Harbourfront Centre
Ticket price: $53

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Jamie Chai Yun Liew at the Toronto International Festival of Authors: Diasporic Displacements

Toronto, ON Sep 24 08:30 pm

Jamie Chai Yun Liew reads from her acclaimed debut novel Dandelion in person at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on Saturday, September 24, in an event entitled "Diasporic Displacements."

Join Canadian authors Tsering Yangzom Lama and Jamie Chai Yun Liew for a moving conversation reflecting on the emotional cost of leaving home to forge a new life elsewhere – whether by choice or by circumstance – and the need to maintain a connection to ancestral lands. Tsering Yanzom Lama presents We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies, a poignant meditation on colonization, displacement and rebirth recounting a Tibetan family’s fifty-year journey through exile and their struggles to shape new lives. Jamie Chai Yun Liew’s Dandelion is a beautifully written and affecting novel about an Asian woman who must trace her mother’s past journey in order to learn who she really is and where she belongs.

Moderated by Nancy Lam.

Saturday, September 24, 2022
8:30 pm
Toronto International Festival of Authors, Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

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Aaron Chapman at Word Vancouver: Vancouver's West End: Dark Secrets from the Past

Vancouver, BC Sep 25 01:00 pm

Aaron Chapman, author of Vancouver Vice: Crime and Spectacle in the City's West End, appears in person at Word Vancouver on September 25, hosted by Eve Lazarus (author of Vancouver Exposed).

Explore the gritty reality of Vancouver’s West End in the 1970s and ’80s with author Aaron Chapman, whose latest book uncovers the dark, volatile history of the neighbourhood during a time when broad social and cultural changes were on the rise.

Sunday, September 25, 2022
Word Vancouver
SFU Harbour Centre, Segal Centre Room C, 515 West Hastings St

For more information, including a link for a free festival ticket, click here.

Larissa Lai and Tara McGuire read at Real Vancouver Writers' Series

online Sep 25 04:00 pm

Larissa Lai, whose latest novel is The Last Century, and Tara McGuire, author of the memoir Holden After and Before, read as part of the virtual Real Vancouver Writers' Series on September 25.

Also reading are Eddy Boudel Tan, Megan Fennya Jones, Niko Stratis and Hannah McGregor. Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia.

Sunday, September 25, 2022
4:00pm PT / 7:00 pm ET

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Lori Fox at the Toronto International Festival of Authors: Critical Conversation: The New Working Class

Toronto, ON Sep 27 07:30 pm

Lori Fox, author of the memoir This Has Always Been a War, participates in person at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on Tuesday, September 27 in an event entitled "Critical Conversation: The New Working Class."

Capitalism has infiltrated every aspect of our personal, social, economic and sexual lives. Patriarchy and classism are forms of systemic violence that ensure that the main commodity of capitalism – a large, disposable, cheap and ideally subjugated work force – is readily available. There is a lot wrong with the ways we live, work and treat each other. Learn more by joining this riveting conversation with Lori Fox, author of This Has Always Been A War: The Radicalization of a Working Class Queer, Luke Savage and Elizabeth Dhuey.

Moderated by Deborah Dundas.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
7:30 pm
Toronto International Festival of Authors, Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

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Tara McGuire launches Holden After and Before at Polygon Gallery

North Vancouver, BC Sep 28 07:00 pm

Tara McGuire launches her memoir Holden After and Before at the Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver on September 28.

Holden After and Before is a moving meditation on grief that traces Tara's excavation and documentation of the life path of her son Holden, a graffiti artist who died of an accidental opioid overdose at the age of twenty-one.

NOTE: Attendees must RSVP prior to the event to  

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Doors open at 7:00pm
Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Parking lot available at 151 West Esplanade (after 4 pm)

Books available for purchase by  32 Books.

Larissa Lai at Toronto International Festival of Authors: Enlightened Histories

Toronto, ON Sep 29 08:30 pm

Larissa Lai, whose latest novel is The Lost Century set in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong during World War II, appears in person at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on September 28 with Shyam Selvadurai in an event entitled "Enlightened Histories."

Canadian authors Larissa Lai and Shyam Selvadurai take the TIFA stage to discuss their epic historical fiction novels focusing on the ways gender, class and race affect the lives of women. Lai’s The Lost Century is set in Hong Kong on the eve of its return to China from the British Crown Colony in 1997, as a young girl learns the secrets of her grandmother’s past. In examining her family’s history during Japan’s occupation in WWII, she learns of the betrayals and passions that shaped her family history and modern day China. Selvadurai’s Mansions of the Moon re-imagines the extraordinary relationship between a woman in ancient India and the man who would later become “the Enlightened One” (the Buddha).
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Toronto International Festival of Authors
Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre

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Tsqelmucwilc launches on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Kamloops, BC Sep 30 02:00 pm

Tsqelmucwilc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School - Resistance and a Reckoning will be launched in Kamloops, BC, on September 30, which is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, presented by the Tkemlups te Secwépemc Language & Culture Department and Arsenal Pulp Press.

Author Celia Haig-Brown and contributors Randy Fred and Garry Gottfriedson will be in attendance and in conversation, as well as many former student survivors who also contributed narratives to the book, which positions the grim history of the school in the context of the indignities suffered by Indigenous peoples in Canada at the hands of their colonizers. At the same time, it is also a remarkable tale of Indigenous survival, resilience, and courage.

The event takes place at the Kamloops Indian Residential School Monument.

Friday, September 30, 2022
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Kamloops Indian Residential School Monument
330 Chief Alex Thomas Way (near Red Brick Building), Kamloops

A free event. Books will be available for purchase.

John Elizabeth Stintzi at Kingston WritersFest: Phantasmagorical Emergences

Kingston, ON Sep 30 09:00 pm

John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of the acclaimed novels My Volcano and Vanishing Monuments, appears in person at the Kingston WritersFest in Kingston, Ontario, on September 30 in an event entitled "Phantasmagorical Emergences."

If words like brilliant, absurd, electrifying, kaleidoscopic, and transcendent pique your interest, you won’t want to miss this exciting late night event featuring John Elizabeth Stintzi with their sophomore novel My Volcano. In conversation with fiction and fantasy writer Adan Jerreat–Poole, JES – who has been likened to Haruki Murakami and Jeff Vandermeer by critics – will discuss eco-horror, the apocalypse, science fiction, and bucking conventions.

Friday, September 30, 2022
Kingston WritersFest, Bellevue Room, Holiday Inn, 2 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario
Tickets $20 in advance ($25 at the door)

For more information including a link to purchase tickets, click here.

Leanne Prain at Calgary Wordfest: Make Good Trouble

Calgary, AB Oct 02 01:00 pm

Leanne Prain, whose latest book is The Creative Instigator's Handbook, appears in person at Calgary Wordfest's Imaginarium Festival on October 2.

Flash mobs come and go, but purposeful creativity can change communities. Are you a creative (aspiring or otherwise) who is curious about how you can apply your skills to activist, socially engaged art projects? Whether you paint, sew, sing, build, weld, or rhyme, Leanne Prain, author of The Creative Instigator’s Handbook and co-creator of Yarn Bombing, will show you how to take that big project you’ve been dreaming about and actually make it happen. 

We encourage anyone with a crafty work-in-progress to bring it to this 75-minute interactive experience, hosted by atypical activist Pam Rocker. Let’s highlight knitting, crocheting and quilting circles (the so-called feminine arts) as paths to creative leadership, community building, and social justice. There will be much back and forth with the audience, admiration of everyone's projects, and book signing.

Sunday, October 2, 2022
1:00-2:15 pm MT
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2 St SW
Tickets: $20

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