Are you still in the mood for a story? If your appetite for being read to isn’t yet sated, we thought we’d pass along some more info on upcoming June events where writers will be reading their good words.
The “Authors at Harbourfront Centre” series closes its 37th season will a gaggle of impressive names. Leading the list is novelist and short-story writer Jennifer Egan, fresh from her Pulitzer Prize-win for A Visit From the Goon Squad. She’ll be reading on June 1, joined by newcomer Haley Tanner (Vaclav & Lena) and Jen Sookfong Lee, reading from her recently released The Better Mother. On June 8, well-known Toronto urban designer Ken Greenberg will read from his memoir, which should draw-out the architectural enthusiasts, while Merilyn Simonds will woo the green-thumb crowd with A New Leaf, her celebration of all things gardening. Julie Booker (no relation to the famous UK literary prize) will also be in attendance, reading from her debut short-story collection with the downer title, Up Up Up.
Later in the month, on the 22nd, the series will showcase a crime fiction evening with Robert Rotenberg (The Guilty Plea) and S.J. Watson (Before I Go to Sleep). Both writers will read from their works and later take part in a Q&A discussion with Andrew Pyper. For those not necessarily in the mood to be read to, yet still seeking literary stimulation, fear not. On June 17, the Harbourfront Centre will host the 10th annual Book Summit, a day-long conference for professionals and aficionados alike. This year’s event is entitled ALL YOU CAN EAT: Reading, Writing and Publishing with the New Creative Content (Tickets are $145, $75 for students and seniors). Finally, on June 29, the Harbourfront literary season culminates with Descanting for Forty Years, a tribute to Descant quarterly journal for bringing contemporary writing and visual artists to us for the past 40 years. Hosted by journalist Ian Brown, past contributors Barbara Schott, Bill Bissett, Steven Heighton and Antanas Sileika will be on hand to read and reminisce, as will countless others no doubt.
Events usually take place at 7:30pm in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), but check the www.harbourfrontcentre.com website to be sure. Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for members, students, and youth 25 and under. Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000 or www.readings.org.
Also, don’t forget about the Luminato Festival, which runs June 10-19 this year. Bookish highlights include famous fictionist-turned-memoirist Joyce Carol Oates, who will be reading at the Glen Gould Studio on the 15th, in addition to The New Yorker at Luminato series, June 12-13. This 2-day event features the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Hisham Matar, David Remnick, Rebecca Mead, Colm Tóibín, Chris Adrian and many others. Check the Festival website for full details, www.luminato.com.
Long live the printed word!