Oh boy, oh boy. This is a tough week for blog credibility. First there was that last post about angry-blooded Victorian (pun intended) Poets Laureate, and now there’s going to be a review of upcoming readings and other public events. I’m very sorry for the latter. As for the former, I stand behind it. These things need to be said aloud, said by a whole atonal chorus of disparate voices with variegated preferences. But said in unison. As many people as possible should be saying, “This is not okay” and I understand it may be tricky for current or former British Columbians to do this, so I think I did the right thing by joining in.
But it hurts the heart a little, saying these things. It makes the hands dirty and leaves a decidedly unpoetic taste in the mouth. Gosh, this blogging is hard work. Methinks I shall award myself with a three course meal of self promotion.
1. PIVOT at The Press Club on Wednesday Feb. 10th.
w/ Martha Baillie and Damian Rogers. Hosted by Carey Toane
PIVOT, being the Toronto reading series most frequented by practicing poets, is always a good audience, and I’m excited to finally get to read there after a string of scheduling snafus. It’s also exciting to read with two women whose books I’ve read, enjoyed, and am quite honestly looking forward to hearing from. The Press Club, for the record, is at 850 Dundas W, that’s three blocks west of Bathurst. Show starts at 8. My intentions are to come, do my thing, and then drink the night away.
2. The Book Lover’s Ball at the Fairmount Royal York on Thursday, February 11th
I was surprised to be invited to this super-swanky black tie shindig. I’m listed on the guest list as one of the fifty “Celebrity Authors” in attendance, which is charming and all but, c’mon people, we really do egregious things to the word “celebrity” in this country, don’t we? This is for a great cause (Toronto Public Libraries) and if you can swing the ticket price, you’ll have a blast. My intentions are to come in my best blue and tan and not be thrown out of the hotel for ruining the black-and-white men’s dress code. I mean, I’m a “Celebrity”, I can wear what I want, can’t I?
3. The Launch of “Vox Populism” and other TERU Chapbooks at The Magpie on Monday, February 22nd
w/ David Brock, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and Aaron Tucker. Hosted by Leigh Nash and Andrew Faulkner
I’ve been looking forward to this launch (and to holding my pretty new chapbooks in my hands) for some time. It’s a nice group of people to be reading/launching with, too. Tons of fun. The Magpie, for the record, is just across from The Press Club at 831 Dundas. Show starts at 7:30. My intentions are to sit in Dave Brock’s line of sight when he reads and try to make him burst into laughter.