IFOA, Rachel Kushner, Douglas Coupland, and The Visual Language of Art: T.O Events for Oct 24-Nov 7, 2013

Painter and educator Judy Singer teaches The Visual Language of Art, or How to Look at Paintings. Learn the syntax of color, space and line through an interactive romp from the Renaissance period to the rise of Abstraction. 7PM-8:15PM. October 24. Richview Library. Free.

Photo by Jason Michael.
Douglas Coupland. Photo by Jason Michael.

Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser unravels and reads from his forthcoming book, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety. 8PM. October 25. York Quay Centre. $18. Free for students and youth 25 and under. IFOA.

Guggenheim Fellow Rachel Kushner is the author of Telex from Cuba. She introduces her new novel, The Flamethrowers, about a young woman’s affair with an artist in New York City. Kushner also comments on her approach to writing and what a writer needs to surmount in the publishing industry today. 5PM. October 27. York Quay Centre. Free. IFOA.

Ursula Mackenzie is this year’s IFOA Publishing Keynote Speaker and Interview. She shares her experiences as Little, Brown Book Group’s Chief Executive and Publisher, honing and presenting new literary talent to the world. 3:30PM. October 28. York Quay Centre. Free.

Rick Phillips hosts classical music program Sound Advice on CBC Radio. He speaks about Impressionism in Music, or the link between painters like Cezanne and Monet and composers like Debussy and Ravel. 7PM. October 24 and 31. Bloor-Gladstone Library. Free.

Spend Halloween with the humble and hilarious Douglas Coupland as he waxes witty about his first novel in four years, Worst. Person. Ever. 8PM. October 31. York Quay Centre. $18. Free for students and youth 25 and under. IFOA.

Taddle Creek editor Grace O’Connell (Magnified World) hosts an evening of readings with George Elliott Clarke (Illicit Sonnets), Jim Lynch (Truth Like the Sun), Anne Michaels (Correspondences), and Rupert Thomson (Secrecy). 2PM. November 2. York Quay Centre. $18. Free for students and youth 25 and under. IFOA.

Artist Judy Singer returns for The Visual Language or Art: Impressionism and Cubism, an introductory lecture on hermeneutic techniques from Manet to Picasso. 7PM-8:15PM. November 7. Richview Library. Free.