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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Authors, poets, readings

Fall is here and Toronto’s book enthusiasts have returned to doing what they love – reading from their new work, sharing their ideas, and generally gossiping about each other. 

I attended a number of readings and book launches in September, and couldn't attend a few book launches that I wanted to.

Here’s a roundup:

An unusual one was The Underdog Poets Academy at the Central (Markham Street) organized by the young Sarah Beaudin

Yoko Morgenstern invited me to this event. She always introduces me to great events and people every time she visits Toronto.

Michael Scott (Wateredown)’s reading and Daisuke Takeya painting created a confluence of colours, words and images that was riveting.

Dave Proctor, another young writer, read from Blank State. He read with energy, passion and a sense of drama not often seen in writers. 

The theme of the books is the future Toronto – a city of condos – where artists fight, “and a group of filmmakers are fighting to document the city’s slow decline.” 

Farzana Doctor’s Brocton Writers Series always features brilliant writers. For the September edition, she had Patricia Westerhof, Leslie Shimotakahara, James Talbot-FitzGerald, and Benjamin Hackman.

The evening belonged to Hackman who read from his The Benjy Poems. You may listen to the poems here: Benjy Poems.

Reading with Katlin

The indefatigable Mary Ellen Koroscil organized Reading with Katlin – “evening of poetry, prose, fun and laughter and refreshments” at Q Space – an absolutely lovely place, ideal for such an event.

The lineup of poets and writers included Albert Moritz, the Griffen Poetry Prize winning poet, Jasmine D’Costa, Leo Paradela, Luciano Icaobelli, Jim Bartley, and John Calabro.

The evening belonged to Katlin Kaldmaa, the poet from Estonia, who read her poems in both Estonian and in English. 

And it was a full house. Many writer friends were in the audience.

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