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May author/illustrator events


TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

Saturday, May 5 to Saturday, May 12
Rina Singh, author of Guru Nanak
Jan Andrews, author of When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew
Caroline Adderson, author of Middle of Nowhere
Richard Rudnicki, illustrator of Tecumseh
Alan Cumyn, author of Tilt

Please visit the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for the full schedule of events

OLA Forest of Reading Festival of Trees

May 15-16 in Toronto, May 17 in Ottawa
Featuring Deborah Ellis (No Ordinary Day), Marie-Louise Gay (Summer in the City), Cary Fagan (Banjo of Destiny), Ian Wallace (Canadian Railroad Trilogy), and Jan Andrews and Dusan Petricic (When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew)
Please visit the OLA website for the full schedule of events.


John Fraser (The Secret of the Crown)

Monday, May 7, 11:30 a.m.
Talk and luncheon presented by the Canadian Club
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Concert Hall
100 Front Street West
Toronto, ON
Individual non-member ticket $75


Featuring Clare Conville (The Book for Dangerous Women), James Laxer (Tecumseh and Brock), Robert Hough (Dr. Brinkley’s Tower), and Pasha Malla (People Park)
Ping pong tournament and fundraiser for First Book Canada
Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 p.m.
SPiN Toronto
461 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Peter Behrens (The O’Briens)

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.
TPL Author Reading
Deer Park Branch, Toronto Public Library
40 St. Clair Ave. E.
Toronto, ON

Thursday, May 10, 7:30
The Heliconian Literary Lecture Series
Toronto Heliconian Club
35 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, ON

Lynn Crosbie (Life is About Losing Everything)

Thursday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
Book launch
The Mascot
1267 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
Overflow and after party, 9:00 p.m.
Cadillac Lounge, back patio
1296 Queen Street West
RSVP on Facebook

Sharon Thesen (Oyama Pink Shale)

Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.
BC Book Prizes: Poetry Finalists Reading
Vancouver Public Library
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

Alison Pick (Far to Go)

Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.
Hanover Public Library author reading
451 10th Avenue
Hanover, ON

Carrie Snyder (The Juliet Stories) and Robert Hough (Dr. Brinkley’s Tower)

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.
Indie Lit at the Starlight, presented by Words Worth Books and The New Quarterly
Starlight Lounge
47 King Street North
Waterloo, ON
RSVP on Facebook

Carrie Snyder (The Juliet Stories)

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.
Short Story Shindig with Heather Birrell and Daniel Griffin
TYPE Books
883 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON
RSVP on Facebook

Tuesday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.
Different Drummer Books and Author Series
LaSalle Pavilion
50 Northshore Blvd.
Burlington, ON

Lynn Coady (The Antagonist)

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
The eh List Author Series
Toronto Public Library: Barbara Frum Branch
20 Covington Road
Toronto, ON

A. F. Moritz (The New Measures)

Saturday, May 19, 5:00 p.m.
Reading with Don McKay
Plan 99 Reading Series
Manx Pub
370 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON
$10 entrance charge

Friday, May 25, 7:00 p.m.
Reading with Alex Boyd
Words Worth Books
100 King Street South
Waterloo, ON

Marjorie Harris (Thrifty Gardening)

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and discussion, in partnership with Ben McNally Books, Grano Restaurant, and Toronto Botanical Garden
2035 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
Tickets: $100 (all inclusive with copy of book and $25.00 receipted donation to Toronto Botanical Garden
Purchase tickets at 416-361-0032 or

Munk Debate

Friday, May 25, 6:30 p.m.
Be It Resolved the European Experiment Has Failed
Josef Joffe and Niall Ferguson vs. Peter Mandelson and John Cohn-Bendit
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street
Toronto, ON
Tickets from $25-$90 through Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at (416) 872-4255

James Laxer (Tecumseh and Brock)

Sunday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.
Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books Authors’ Brunch
King Edward Hotel
37 King St. East
Toronto, ON
Tickets: $45

Erin Knight (Chaser)

Sunday, May 27, 2:00 p.m.
Audreys Books
10702 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Dennis Lee (Testament)

Tuesday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.
Different Drummer Books and Author Series LaSalle Pavilion
50 Northshore Blvd.
Burlington, ON

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