Margaret Atwood, The Word on the Street, and The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival: T.O. Events for September 12-26, 2013

maddaddamAuthor Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes) meets fans and discusses his upcoming Massey Lectures (Blood: The Stuff of Life) at CBC Live at The Toronto International Film Festival. 12:30PM. September 12. 250 Front Street. Free.

Need a painting? Itching for a new wardrobe? Does papa (or mama) need a brand new bag? The Liberty Village Art Crawl has over 40 artists in these categories as well as pottery, jewellery, home decor, leather goods, and body care. 11AM-6PM, September 13, Linear Park. 11AM-7PM, September 14, Liberty Village Park. Free.

The 24th Annual The Word On The Street Festival is an outdoor smörgåsbord of literacy organizations, journals and magazines, forthcoming books and their authors. Attend lectures on the publishing industry by The Humber School for Writers. Meet veterans like Austin Clarke (The Polished Hoe) and newcomers like Joseph Boyden (Through Black Spruce). Come and visit The TRB and say hello! 11AM-6PM. September 22. Queen’s Park Circle. Free.

Margaret Atwood introduces her new novel, MaddAddam, the end of the trilogy started with Oryx and Crake and then The Year of the Flood. 1PM. September 15. Indigo Manulife Centre. Free.

Photo by Nina Charest.
Joseph Boyden. Photo by Nina Charest.

Halifax’s Wheelwright Theatre puts on If One Night: A Collodion Remedy, a play about accelerated culture and the modern inability to stay still. The play employs different local musicians in each city it visits. 8PM. September 16. Trinity St. Paul’s United Church. $10.

For the 25th straight year, The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival attracts Canada’s hot young writers along with a few toughened greats. Learn about sustainability with food writers Michael Pollan (Cooked) and Sarah Elton (Consumed) in a discussion called Food For Thought. Can-lit royalty Marie-Claire Blais (Mai at the Predators’ Ball) headlines the French Connection panel. Creative-writing instructor Grace O’Connell (Magnified World) and publicist Cory Redekop (Husk) teach workshops on their literary specialties. September 13-15, 30. Various Venues. $11.50-$32.50.

Rare books abound at Book Ends South Treasures and Good Books Sale. Find first editions, autographed volumes and other antiques. September 19-21. Various times. Toronto Reference Library. Free-$2. 

Join Graeme Smith, Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group, as he discusses his first-hand account of the Afghan War as a journalist for The Globe and Mail. 7PM. September 23. Gardiner Museum. $10.