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Celebrate the future because it doesn’t exist!
BP founder Hal and pal tell you why the world is ending in their new books, launching Thursday.

Tuesday, October 6


Shake-n-Make Collective: What’s Cookin?, 5pm-7pm, The Artists Nesstand, Chester Station, 22 Chester Avenue, free

A new show bringing a fresh baked reimagination of ‘70s crafts! Macaroni portraits, reverse applique aprons Betty Crocker and more.

No Ordinary Reading!, 6:30pm, 145 Annette St, free

Readings from Lisa de Nikolits, James Grainger, Lorrie Jorgensen, Evan Munday and Andrea Thompson.

Coach House Books vs. The Fall, 7pm, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, free

A whack ton of new books launch from the inimitable laneway press!

Art Bar Poetry Series, 8pm, Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, free

Chad Norman, Gianna Patriarca and Rocco de Giacomo read, plus an open mic.


Speaking Crow, 7pm, Millenium Library, 251 Donald St, free

The first edition of the fall features the fantastic Luanna Hiebert. Open Mic sign-ups at 7. 

Wednesday, October 8


Jughead #1 Launch, 5pm, Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St, free

Good ol’ Chip Zdarsky is dropping by Little Island to sign the first issue of Jughead.

Queer Cab, 7:30pm, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St, PWYC

Special guest performer Cody Escuyos headlines this queer youth open mic.

Pivot Reading Series, 8pm, The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W, suggested $5

Two-headed poetry monster Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli are in town reading from their collaborative book Rom Com, plus the untouchable Margaret Christakos and the bad-ass Liz Worth make this a heavy-hitting night for Pivot!

Thursday, October 9


Queer Lovers & Captive Genders Launch, 7pm, Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave, free

A double launch for two queer/trans academic texts!

White Wall Review 39 Launch, 7pm, Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, free

Readings of poetry and prose to ring in the new issue of Ryerson’s lit journal.

Trees on Mars/Learning to Die in the Anthropocene Launch, 7:30pm, Gladstone hotel, 1214 Queen St W, $10 or free with book

Broken Pencil founder Hal Niedzviecki’s new book about our obsession with the future launches along side a book about the end of stupid fucking western civilization. The world is about to implode! What are you waiting for!

Wolsak & Wynn/ Buckrider Books Fall Launch, 7:30pm, Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St, free

New titles from Matt Cahill, Jeanette Lynes, James Lindsay and Jenna Butler launch!

Rom Com Book Launch, 7:30pm, Belljar Café, free

Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia continue their free-wheeling tour of Canada with special rom com trivia and a reading/performance by Broken Pencil’s own Jacqueline Valencia.

Ugly Duckling Presse in Toronto, 8:30pm, Scout and Cash Caffe, 146 Christie St, free

Matvei Yankelevich, David B Goldstein and Hoa Nguyen read.

Friday, October 9


The Hand Eye Society Ball, 8pm, Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St, free

Experience an elegant night of videogames from around the world in the Masonic Temple!

Saturday, October 10

Toronto Queer Slowdance – Purple Reign 80s Edition, 9:30pm, Dovercourt House, $10

Get ready to fill up your dance card, dress like you’re Prince and dance the night away!

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