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The Drake kicks off its pride celebration with a glamorous art-themed vogue ball. Get into it!

Monday, June 8


Brick 95 Launch, 7:30pm, Windup Bird Café, 382 College St, free

The launch of brick 95 includes delicious treats from chef Yumiko Kobyashi, wreetings from John Irving, Lisa More and Kyo Maclear.

Breathing Lessons Launch, 8pm, 120 Homewood Ave, Suite 3109, free with RSVP

Launching Andy Sinclair’s smart new novel of gay thirtysomething ennui. Wine and cheese! RSVP on facebook.

Tuesday, June 9


What We Talk About When We Talk About Selling Out, 7:30pm, Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St W

This sold out (hahaha) event is the third edition on Little Brother magazine’s lecture series and includs speakers Naomi Skwarna, John Semley, and Julia Cooper on the topic of selling out.

Emerging Writers Series June, 8pm, Duffy’s, 1238 Bloor St W, PWYC

Readings from Eric Bennett, Peter Gibbon, Tanya Decarie, Netta Kornberg, and Paige Keleher.

The HMS Lady Infinitum Launch, 8pm, ROUND, 152a Augusta Ave

ChiZine is launching a new graphic novel imprint called ChiGraphic! Infinitum, The HMS Bad Idea and The Lady Paranorma all launc tonight. Costumes encouraged!

Wednesday, June 10


BookThug Summer Chapbook Launch, 7pm, 187 Augusta Ave, free

Five new chapbooks! Holy cow!

The Sophisticated Boom Boom, 9:30pm, The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave, free

Readings! Open mic! Celebrating 20 SBBs!


The Bookmobile Book Launch, 7pm, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest

The Montreal homecoming of the Bookmobile Book! The event will feature a conversation between The Bookmobile Book editors Leila Pourtavaf and Onya Hogan-Finlay, along with contributors Anna Leventhal and Isabelle St. Amand.

Thursday, June 11


Spectatorial Launch, 7:30pm, No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St, free

The Spectatorial, U of T’s speculative fiction journal, is launching this year’s journal.

Friday, June 12


Taddle Creek Summer Launch, 8:30pm, Jet Fuel Coffee Shop, free

The new issue of Taddle Creek, complete with readings by Stevie Howell, JonArno Lawson, Lana Pesch and free food, free beer, and free egg creams!

Saturday, June 13


Ottawa Small Press Book Fair: Spring 2015 Edition, 12pm-5pm Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 203, 320 Jack Purcell Lane, free

It’s that time of year again! Poetry, chapbooks, novels, shirts, graphica, mags, paper, all form your favorite small press and micro-presses. Always an excellent time and as staple of Ottawa’s literary scene.


Reading Listening, 1pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave, free

eading Listening is a collective public reading of French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s book “Listening”. Over the course of the afternoon performers and members of the public are invited to utter the entire book together as a collective vocal act. This sounds really cool, guys.

Junction Reads, 4pm, 3030, 3030 Dundas W, free

Readings from Addam Abbas, Chad Campbell, Jane Woods, C. Fong Hsiung and Catherine Bush.

“A Night at the Vernissage” Ball, 8pm-1am, Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St W, $8 advance, $10 door, $3 if you’re walking

Dutch Lanvin and Jazmyn Monroe present The Drake’s official Pride Kick-Off, an art-themed vogue ball full of prizes and surprises. If you’ve always wanted to pump the runway, land a dramatic dip, wow the judges with your style or sell your unshakeable realness, now is the time!

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