TRB Live: November

TRB Live is a monthly roundup of literary events you might enjoy. Get in touch with me (@kathmcleod) or the TRB (@TorontoReview) on Twitter if you’d like to suggest an event to include next month.

In TorontoPivot Reading Series presents three readings all-star casts of readers: Leesa Dean, Stevie Howell, Rob Taylor, and Erin Wunker on November 2; Jan Conn, Hoa Nguyen, Madeleine Thien and Zoe Whittall on November 16; and Adèle Barclay, Sheri Benning, Mat Laporte, and Eric Beck Rubin on November 30. All readings are at The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St West, 8pm, PWYC.

moezsuraniThis month, the TRB’s former poetry editor and contributor Moez Surani launches his new book of poetry. Read about why the title of his book includes six languages in this Open Book interview. You can pick up a copy on Thursday November 10th, when BookThug launches its Fall 2016 season, including titles by Devon Code, Erin Wunker, the late Vickie Gendreau (translated from the French by Aimee Wall), Mat Laporte, Sandra Ridley, Kate Sutherland, and David B. Goldstein. (The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto. Doors at 7 pm. Readings at 7:45 pm. Free.)

From November 9th to 19th, 2016, Native Earth Performing Arts holds its 29th annual festival, Weesageechak Begins to Dance held Native Earth’s Aki Studio (585 Dundas Street East). Among works of drama, comedy, and poetry, the evening of November 17 features a celebration of Indigenous dance with Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone by Olivia C. Davies, Maggie & Me by Christine Friday, and RElaps by Aria Evans.

As part of the Hot Docs Podcast Festival, CBC Podcast Playlist host Lindsay Michael will be hosting a panel discussion on the Secrets of Audio Storytelling (November 19th, 9 AM).
As part of the Hot Docs Podcast Festival, CBC Podcast Playlist host Lindsay Michael will be hosting a panel discussion on the Secrets of Audio Storytelling on November 19 at 9am.

Podcasters unite for the first ever Hot Docs Podcast Festival on November 18-20. Highlights include a “Power Nap” with Sook-Yin Lee of CBC’s Sleepover (10pm, Nov 19) and a listening party with Love Me producers Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime (3:30pm, Nov 20). Tickets $16-$29 (Hot Docs Members: $12-$25).

Meet the Presses collective presents its annual fall market on Saturday November 19th, 11:30am-4:30pm, at Trinity-St. Paul’s, 427 Bloor Street W. Toronto. Books, leaflets, broadsides, chapbooks, zines, journals, CDs, and more!

Did you pick up Mat Laporte’s new book at the BookThug launch and want to hear it remixed? A remix party on November 23 will involve readings and remixes of Laporte’s Rats Nest by Eric Schmaltz, Natalie Marie Helberg, Lindsay Cahill, and Mat Laporte himself. (7pm, D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor Street W., Toronto.)


In Montreal, Off the Page Festival (Concordia University) kicks off the month with a busy three-day schedule from November 2-5. Readings and panels will feature Suzanne Buffam, Trish Salah, Evie Shockley, Damian Rogers, and many more, including events held at the newly launched space, Temps Libre Mile End (5605 Gaspé, Suite 106).


In Vancouver and across British Columbia, Read Local BC continues with events until November 7 (along with the neat ad campaign: “Be Book Aware”). On November 2 at 7pm, check out the panel Writing the Body with Betsy Warland, Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer at Book Warehouse, 4118 Main St. Vancouver.

Also in Vancouver, Dina Del Bucchia and Sean Cranbury host the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series with readings by Sierra Skye Gemma, Adrienne Gruber, Amber McMillan, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Shaun Robinson, and Gregory Scofield. Friday November 25, 7pm, AnzaClub (3 West 8th Ave, Vancouver).