Hello dear writers
The Eh list author series and writer-in-residence (p.s. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/writer-in-residence/) program at the Toronto Public Library are very good ways to meet authors, chat with others writers, listen to writing advice and walk out feeling all writerly and ready to start abusing your computer until it spits out the novel you wanted to show the world. But there is a itty-bitty lack with library based events when getting that writing fix.
The library can’t serve booze.
And when a major chunk of literary events out there happen in a bar, that aren’t just author Q & A and writing help sessions, then a itty-bitty lack is akin to saying Ford’s offering of Model T colours so long as it’s black would be considered lacking. Now I’m not advocating for more booze (I’m a teetotaler by the way) but it the second lacking of Library literary events, if you haven’t already deduced already is
The library lacks variety.
The library is great for attracting big name authors but its equivalent to using an encyclopedia as your only source of information when researching Rommel’s World War two campaigns. It gives a nice taste, but a couple of paragraphs aren’t going to satisfy a 10 page history essay.
Here are some literary events that are just begging for you to show up.
• Book Launches: By far one of the most common literary events. An author has just released a book of poems, an anthology, a novel, and the quickest way to sell books is inviting everyone who is interested in listening to an excerpt of the book and be nudged into buying it.
• Magazine Launches: Magazines have launches, whether print or online, the smart ones anyways. Their like book launches except they are more structured and if you are a reader you know what you are getting when you buy the issue/anthology.
• Reading Series: A reading series is where a enterprising literary chap(ettes) invite well-established writers to come read their work, and inviting their literary friends and other interested literary people to come and listen.
• Writing Workshops: Established writers looking to make a buck will offer a couple hours to a day of teaching. It’s not a college course because there are no fancy certificate at the end, instead its good times and a real hands-on approach to writing.
• Poetry Slams: Think rapping but less ho’s and bling and more fancy words and oral orgasm.
• Press launches: Like magazine launches or book launches except it’s a press launching the event and it’s not just one book or issue, rather it’s books, anthologies, chapbooks, broadsides etc.
• Author Panels: This is where two to four people, varying from literary agents, press owners, authors and other ilk, will get together to have a Q & A about a topic that those in the panel are involved with.
And how does one get in on this sheer amount of awesome?
That’s where Part 2 comes in, see you next week!
If your pencil breaks, sharpen it.
(I’ll work on it)
By Joshua P’ng, North York Writer