If the dozen or so events at the Toronto Public Library isn’t enough to keep you busy, the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto is showcasing some very talented writers of their own on Wednesdays throughout April and May. I couldn’t possibly include a full write-up on all the authors and their books, there are so many! What sets apart HC’s events? The groupings of authors in one evening exposes you to books that you may not have discovered otherwise! Here are the ones that most interest me, but click here to check out Harbourfront Centre’s website for the full list of literary events for spring. The best part? The events are totally free for students, no matter what age you are!
Wednesday, Apr 10
Ruth Ozeki (with Jennifer Close and Amity Gaige)
I’m very excited to hear a reading from Ruth Ozeki’s new release, A Tale For The Time Being (Viking, $32). The better part of March was spent reading this book, and I’m gearing up for a Q&A period with Ruth. I’ve never been one for speaking up at readings, but this book just demands discussion. Stories layered like nesting dolls[N.B. I’ll be doing a full review of A Tale For The Time Being very soon — only 50 pages left and I’m savouring it!]
Wednesday, May 1
Ania Szado (with Mia Couto and Shyam Selvadurai)
One of the most anticipated books of the spring/summer season is Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex (Viking, $30). In this WWII historical fiction, French ex-pat Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is torn between two captivating women, his estranged wife Consuelo and young fashion designer, Mignonne Lachapelle. In the background looms Saint-Ex’s work-in-progress, The Little Prince. Saint-Exupéry’s existential novel masquerading as a children’s book has long been a favourite of mine, though I admit I know nothing about his personal life — what could be more enticing than a French love triangle? With just under a month to go, I’m bumping this up on my “to-read” list in time for Szabo’s reading.
Wednesday, May 22
Andrew Kaufman (with Claire Mulligan and Benjamin Percy)
Andrew Kaufman’s latest book, Born Weird, is the story of 5 siblings who all have a “blurse” to overcome: that is, a blessing that has revealed itself to be a curse later in life. Kaufman is also the author of the very popular and funny All My Friends Are Superheroes, and a reading from him is sure to be an enjoyable evening.