April is an exciting month for author events.
Toronto Public Library’s spring 2013 program, The Eh List, features some prominent Canadian authors in the coming months. What’s wonderful is that many authors have multiple engagements at different library locations throughout the city, both during the day and in the evening, so no matter what neighbourhood you live in or what your schedule allows, you’ll definitely be able to squeeze in a few hours of Can Lit.
Thursday, Apr. 4
Guy Gavriel Kay — River of Stars
7pm — Toronto Reference Library (tickets required but FREE)
Register online at the Toronto Public Library for your free tickets to Guy Gavriel Kay’s book launch for River of Stars (Penguin, $32). The acclaimed fantasy author’s sort of sequel to Under Heaven, but it definitely works as a stand-alone text taking place 400 years later, during the Song Dynasty. I have my copy set aside, and I’m really looking forward to the long weekend to get a head start of the April 2nd publishing date (the perks of bookselling!). Click here to read the Globe and Mail’s review.
Thursday, Apr. 11
Jamie Swift — Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety
7pm — Runnymede Branch
Join author and journalist Jamie Swift for a discussion of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety (Between The Lines, $26.95), co-authored with Ian McKay (who will not be appearing). From peacekeeping to militarization, Swift analyzes the way we define ourselves as a nation, and the way it conflicts with the current government’s vision. Left or right, if you like hotbutton topics you won’t want to miss this.
Tuesday, Apr. 16
Will Ferguson — 419: A Novel
12:30pm — Northern District Branch
7pm — Taylor Memorial Branch
Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2012, Will Ferguson’s 419: A Novel (Penguin, $20) is the gripping story of disparate lives connected through the seedy world of internet scams. Come check out the book that the Toronto Star calls “heart-wrenching, fascinating, and scary. A thriller with a raw nerve ending…”
Thursday, Apr. 18
Sandra Martin — Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives That Changed Canada
7pm — Barbara Frum Branch
(Also speaking May 2 at Toronto Reference Library)
What’s it like to spend a journalistic career focussed on dead people? Find out from “Obit Queen of Canada” Sandra Martin, who’s memoir Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives That Changed Canada (HarperCollins, $29.95) combines biography, commentary, and social history with her own personal history. It’s a biography lover’s dream, rife with the obituaries of fifty prominent politicians, writers, artists, athletes, and activists.
Tuesday, Apr. 23
Annabel Lyon — The Sweet Girl
2pm — Taylor Memorial Branch
Wednesday, Apr. 24
7pm — Toronto Reference Library
May I begin by thanking Annabel Lyon and her editors for not calling this book “Aristotle’s Daughter,” as is the trend for books of a female protagonist these days (that is a whole other topic on lack of agency in book titles…). The Sweet Girl (Random House, $21) is the sequel to Lyon’s fantastic novel The Golden Mean. Aristotle’s orphaned daughter Pythias struggles to find her place in Greece in the time following the death of Alexander the Great. This is another one that is on my “to-read” list, and I’m looking forward to hearing from Lyon at this event. (N.B: Does the cover art look like Kiera Knightly or what?!) Want a sneak peak? Click here to listen to Lyon’s interview with CBC’s Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter.
Julie Delaney speaks up about the chilling indignities of “hospital purgatory” in her recent autobiography My Leaky Body (Goose Lane, $22.95). Based on her one-woman show, her book lays bare the deficiencies in health care, creating a road map for patients and for all those who want to transform the system.
Check back in April for another summary of upcoming events. Hope to see you there!