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Wednesday, November 5

TORONTO

Earthling Launch, 7pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, free

Join Drawn & Quarterly and The Beguiling for th elaunch of Aisha Franz’s debut graphic novel, Earthling. Franz will do a presentation and have a conversation with Ginette Lapalme. Earthling details a few short days in the life of two sisters and their single mother. Don’t miss out!

Quattro Fall 2014 Launch, 7:30pm, Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave, free

A slew of exciting fall launches from local press Quattro, including new books from Elizabeth Copeland, Cassandra Cronenburg, and out very own fiction editor Richard Rosenbaum, who is launching Revenge of the Grand Narrative. If that title doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.

Thursday, November 6

TORONTO

BUTCH: Not Like The Other Girls Opening, 7:30pm, Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, 34 Isabella St, Toronto, free

Beauty, power and diversity in female masculinity are explored in this exhibition. SD Holman delineates Butch not as oppositional to Femme and Trans identities, but as an inclusive site of resistance to limitations on the way women, gender, andsexuality are still defined. Runs through January 23, 2015.

OTTAWA

Ottawa Zine Off, 8pm, Pressed, 750 Gladstone, free

The last Zine Off of the year is booked! Here’s the deal— make a zine on the quick, bring copies to trade, meet other cool people, get dronk, why not?

More events after the jump!

Friday, November 7

TORONTO

Dr. Sketchy’s with Obskyura, 7pm, 152A Augusta Ave, $10

The Anti-Art School returns! The theme this month? Excessive glamour. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. The featured model of the evening is the whildy creative performance artist Obskyura! Werk, mother!

Rub out the Word: William S. Burroughs Centennial Event + CCMC, doors 7pm, show 8pm, The Music Gallery, 197 John St, $10-20

Burroughs would have been 100 this year. Though he never would have made it that long. Toronto-based saxophonist, composer and Burroughs scholar Glen Hall has long been a disciple of Burroughs and here he takes his inspiration to new heights. Rub Out the Word is an extended multi-media performance work. It features an actor, an 11-piece orchestra, electroacoustic sound and visual projections under the direction of composer/Burroughs scholar Glen Hall. Hall uses Burroughs’ cut-up technique in creating compositions, electroacoustic sound montages, and text for the actor/narrator, all based on characters and scenes from “Naked Lunch”, “Nova Express”, “The Wild Boys”, “The Yage Letters” and “Last Words of Hassan Sabbah.”

HOT TOPIC: A fundraiser Dance Party to Print Theory Boner Zine, 10pm, Wise Bar, 1007 Bloor St W, $5 suggested

Come dressed as your favorite feminist/queer/anti-racist theorist! And support Theory Boner zine compiled by Jenna Lee Forde and Mary Tremonte!
Saturday, November 8

TORONTO

WordPlay, 12-5pm, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, free

WordPlay is the Hand Eye Society’s free one-day festival celebrating the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games. Special guests Andrew Plotkin, Deirdra “Squinky” Kiai, Brent Ellison and Tanya X. Don’t miss out!

Make a Book Day, 1-4pm, Lillian H Smith Public Library, 239 College St, free

Groundwood Books, Small Print Toronto and Toronto Public Libraries join forces to bring Marie-Louise Gay, Kellen Hatanka, Matt James, Gin Leng and Irene Luxbacher to present their latest books and conduct book making activities for bibliophiles ages 4-9. Get your free tickets early at smallprinttoronto.org.

VANCOUVER

Canzine West, 1-7p, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St, $5

CAAAAAAAAAAANZINE WEST! It’s here! It’s here! Hundreds upon hundreds of zines, panel discussion on zines, politics, and print vs. digital, a live book pitch, a live zine-making race, readers, art rooms, contests, and most importantly, an afternoon with legendary comics creator Mimi Pond! We can’t wait to see you there.

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