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Courtesy of The Word on The Street
Courtesy of The Word on The Street

A Book Lover's Guide To Toronto Summer Book Events

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Updated: 14 July 2016
Stephen King famously quotes ‘Books are a uniquely portable magic.’ For all those looking to stir up some magic this summer, Toronto has an amazing lineup of literary events for you. Here are some irresistible picks for the word nerd.

Word on the Street

The advocates of the written word hold this national book and magazine festival each September. Billed as Canada’s largest outdoor book festival, this one-day open-air event at Harbourfront Centre is packed with book signings, author readings and presentations. Don’t forget to check out Sculpting New Reads – inspiring art installations by local artists based on themes from this year’s Canadian books. Another highlight is the teen poetry slam! And the best part of the festival – it’s FREE!

Date: Sunday, September 25

Time: 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Word on the Street, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 504 7241

Courtesy of The Word on the Street

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Toronto Anarchist Bookfair

The Toronto Anarchists are back this year with their annual book fair. It is a festival for budding anarchists as well as the pros. Enjoy a weekend of books and zines, discussions and good food with fellow book lovers. And the cherry on top? It’s FREE!

Date: Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 24

Time: All day

Toronto Anarchist Bookfair, Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Literary Speed Dating

Dress up for a date, but instead of a purse, carry a book! Find your book-loving soulmate at this five-minute speed dating event at the Toronto Public Library, Lillian H. Smith branch this August. This idea was originally conceived to bring like-minded, book-loving singles together and let the words do the magic. Enjoy some light refreshments as you talk about your favorite book, and check a YES or NO on a sheet to suggest if you are interested in your date. It’s open to ages 20-45 years; the event has limited spaces, so register soon!

Date: Friday, August 19

Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Toronto Public Library, Lillian H. Smith branch, 239 College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 393 7746

Kwame Stephens & Friends

Enjoy an evening of coffee and conversation with Kwame Stephens and company at the Habari Africa Festival taking place at the Harbourfront. As a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival, the event offers an exploration of contemporary African arts and culture, with the book event being one of the highlights. And just like all good things, it’s FREE too.

Date: Friday, August 12

Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Habari Africa Festival, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Toronto in Literature Book Club

Another bookish affair taking place in the Toronto Public Library is the Toronto in Literature Book Club. Featuring lively informal discussions about books set in Toronto, it is a great opportunity to view the city from different perspectives. The highlight of this month is Kicking The Sky by Anthony De Sa. Check out the lineup until December on their website.

Date: Thursdays, Recurring dates until December 2016

Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 395 5577

Eden Mills Writers Festival

If you are willing to travel a little outside Toronto to quench your literary appetite, Eden Mills Writers Festival at the Eden Mills town between Guelph and Rockwood is the place to go. Save the date this September – a perfect weekend getaway – to visit the quaint town of Eden Mills. Lay back on the banks of the Eramosa River and enjoy three days of book readings, workshops and musical performances. Check their website for ticket information.

Date: September 16-18

Time: All day

Eden Mills Writers Festival, 108 York St, Eden Mills, ON, Canada