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Aaron Manczyk’s Panthor launches October 9.

Monday, October 6


Arsenal Author Showcase, 7pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St (3rd floor), free

Join Raziel Ried, Vivek Shraya and Shawn Syms, all of Arsenal Pulp press, for readings from their new books.

Tuesday, October 7


Fall Fiction Showcase, 7:30pm, Pressed, 750 Gladstone, free

A solid evening of short and long fiction. Marguerite Pigeon shares from her story collection, Some Extremely Boring Drives, while Ottawa writers Christian McPherson and rob mclennan assist.

Wednesday, October 8


BookThug Fall 2014 Book Launch, 7:30pm, Supermarket, 268 Augusta, free

Superhero indie press BookThug is celebrating its Fall titles with a shinding, complete with readings, goodies, and of course, books for sale. There’s a serious heavy hitter line-up this season, with titles from Marianne Apostolides, Alisha Piercy, Kate Hargreaves, Wanda Praamsma, R. Kolewe, Michael Boughn, Bertrand Laverdure and Gregoire Pam Dick. RSVP to and get $5 off any book purchase!

Thursday, October 9


Panthor #1 Launch Party, 7pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, free, 18+

BP local comix fave Aaron Manczyk of “Cumlung” and “Strokes of Genius” launches another raunchy weirdo creation, Panthor. He’s a mercenary, and some bad men need him to an even worse job. Whoa. There may be wrestling, of the Mexican or arm variety. Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art.

Hot Damn, It’s a Queer Slam — Featuring Tanya Neumeyer, 8pm (7:30 sign-up), Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St (3rd floor), $7 ($5 for students)

The first show of the very first queer slam circuit! Cathy Petch and Brock Hessel present an open mic and slam featuring activist and poet Tanya Neumeyer. Bring your poems and get in the mix!

Saturday, October 11


The Femme Playlist, 8pm, Buddies In Bad Times, 12 Alexander St, $15, runs through October 25 (various times)

From masturbation to motherhood, body shame to burlesque, Catherine Hernandez uncovers the realities of living as a queer woman of colour set to the music of her life.

Sunday, October 12

Dark Hard Chocolate Launch, 8pm, 120 Diner, 120 Church St, $10 (also gets you into Blackcat’s Birthday party)

Join Kwame Stephens and special guests – Travis Julius, Adé Johnson, Mark Thomas, Kevin Lunianga,- for an erotic, poetic, theatrical event launching his new book about the black gay experien ce. Buy your paperback copy of Dark Hard Chocolate and have it autographed by the author. Mix and mingle. Meet old friends and make new ones & dance the night away. DJs Craig Dominic and Blackcat take you back with some old school sets late into the night to celebrate the latter’s birthday.


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