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
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
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
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
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