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Canadian literary event roundup: March 9-15

Next week is March Break in Ontario and Nova Scotia, and if you are looking for things to do, there are a few literary events for the kids (and plenty for adults) happening across the country:

  • Yves Engler launches Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (March 9, 7 p.m., PWYC)
  • Little Red Theatre presents Babar – Stories by Jean de Brunhoff, Mimico Centennial Auditorium, Toronto (March 10, 2 p.m., free)
  • Kevin Sylvester talks about his Neil Flambé series, Chapters Bayview Village, Toronto (March 11, 2 p.m., free)
  • Sarah Schulman in conversation with Shani Mootoo, for the launch of Schulman’s The Gentrification of the Mind, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (March 11, 6:30 p.m., free)
  • Irving Layton’s birthday bash with James Langer, Colleen Quigley, George Murray, and more, LSPU Hall’s Second Space, St. John’s (March 12, 8 p.m.)
  • Top Chef judge Gail Simmons signs copies of her memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full, Indigo Yonge and Eglington, Toronto (March 13, 7 p.m., free)
  • Bob Friedland, Manolis Aligizakis, and Ben Nuttall-Smith read, Vancouver Central Library (March 13, 7 p.m., free)
  • Suessology books, games, and crafts, Spring Garden Road Memorial Library, Halifax (March 13, 10:30 a.m., free)
  • Jodi Picoult reads from her new book, Lone Wolf, Church of the Redeemer, Toronto (March 13, 7 p.m., $5)
  • Irving Layton Centenary Celebration with Margaret Atwood, Barry Callaghan, Priscila Uppal, Robert Priest, and others, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (March 14, 7:30 p.m., $15)
  • Mary Soderstrom leads a discussion on Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Atwater Library, Montreal (March 14, 7:30 p.m., free)
  • Billy Collins presents an evening of poetry and a guest lecture, MacEwan Hall, Calgary (March 14, 7:30 p.m., free)
  • Ruth Roach Pierson reads from her latest poetry collection, Contrary, Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, B.C. (March 14, 7 p.m., free)

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  • Chris Galvin Nguyen

    Yellow Door Poetry and Prose Reading,  with Steven Manners, Louise Carson, Ehab Lotayef, Susi Lovell, Chris Galvin, David Bourgeois, Michael Reinhart.  Yellow Door Coffeehouse, 3625 Aylmer, Montreal (March 15, 7:30 p.m., $5)

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