Open Books Parodies Call Me Maybe for Lit Lovers

Na na na na na na na!I can’t believe I was in Chicago recently and made it to “Batman’s apartment” but not Open Books.

Well, thank the stars for Carly Rae Jepsen and her much-parodied hit “Call Me Maybe,” else I wouldn’t have known about—just yet—this nonprofit-bookstore-community-social venture in one that works with volunteers to promote literacy in their (really) great city.

“Before you came into my life, my books were so bad.”

The Word on the Street

Title: The Word on the Street
Location: Toronto
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Description: An annual nation-wide outdoor festival that celebrates reading and literacy by bringing together readers, books and magazine publishers, booksellers, authors and many more.

Exact time to follow.
Start Time: 11:00 am
Date: September 23, 2012
End Time: 06:00 pm

Julie Wilson Hosts Dayne Oglivie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writer

Title: Julie Wilson Hosts Dayne Oglivie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writer
Location: The 519 Church Street Community Centre (Toronto, ON)
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Description: The Writers’ Trust of Canada will present this year’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize to an emerging writer from the LGBT community during Pride Week Toronto. The prize event is free and open to all.

Sponsored by Robin Pacific, the winner receives $4,000.

This year’s prize presentation will be hosted by Julie Wilson, “The Book Madam” and author of Seen Reading.

The 519 Church Street Community Centre,
519 Church St., Ballroom
Toronto, ON

Books will be sold by Glad Day Bookshop.
Food and drinks will be served by Fabarnak Restaurant.

Please RSVP to info@writerstrust.com. We hope to see you there!
Start Time: 05:30 pm
Date: June 26, 2012
End Time: 07:30 pm

Toronto Public Library—reading and discussion

Title: Toronto Public Library—reading and discussion
Location: Spadina Branch (Toronto, ON)
Description: Julie Wilson’s Seen Reading: Tales of a Literary Voyeur

Seen Reading (Freehand Press/HarperCollins) is a collection of microfictions based on Julie Wilson’s sightings of people reading in public. Her thoughtful observations transform readers into fully realized characters who give shape to a fictional map of the city. Julie will be joined in discussion by Julie Booker, author of Up, Up, Up (House of Anansi Press). Together, they’ll explore the space between the reader and text, and how the public reader has emerged as a cultural celebrity worthy of gossip.
Start Time: 06:30 pm
Date: October 4, 2012
End Time: 07:30 pm