This season authors get graphic in more ways than one. Here's what new works await the lit lover.
ELMORE LEONARD AT HARBOURFRONT
The loopy Motown-based novelist hits town February 18 just after the January 30 release of the movie Big Bounce, based on his novel. He reads from his new book, Mr. Paradise. Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 pm. $15. 416-973-4000, www.readings.org.
COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL
Seth (Clyde Fans) gives a presentation called 20 Brief Stories About Cartooning, and Chester Brown does a multimedia presentation about researching his Louis Riel series. March 31, 6:30 pm, as part of Drawn & Quarterly Night at the Rivoli (332 Queen West). 416-598-1447, www.pagesbooks.ca/tinars.html.
POETIC POP CULTURE
Always intriguing commentator Lynn Crosbie reads as part of York U's Canadian Writers In Person series, February 12, 7:30 pm. Free. Stedman Lecture Hall D, 4700 Keele. 416-736-5870, www.atkinson.yorku.ca/master.
DISCOVER MYSTERIOUS TORONTO
Authors of T.O.-based mysteries Ron Blechta (Shooting Straight In The Dark) and John Worlsey Simpson (Shadowmen: A Harry Stark Mystery), read. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge). Feb 17, 7:30 pm. Free. 416-393-7131, www.tpl.toronto.on.ca.
SUPPORTING PEN Canada
An evening of readings focuses on literacy, access to reading and marginalized languages, with Mark Abley , Marilyn Dumont , Deborah Ellis , Beatriz Hausner , Levi Namaseb , Frances Itani , David Sacks and Benjamin Santamaria Ochoa . February 27, 6:30 pm. $10-$15, stu/srs $5-$7. Toronto Reference Library . www.pencanada.ca.
WILDE ABOUT SAPPHO
This gay and lesbian literary event, scheduled for February 6, features readings by Felice Picano , Karen X. Tulchinsky , Will Aitken , Suki Lee and George Isley . Pre-event reception with authors 5:30 pm, readings 6:30 pm. Free, donations appreciated. Toronto Reference Library . 416-961-4161, marcin@gladdaybookshop. com.
Russell Smith drops his first full-length novel since 1998's Noise. The post-colonial comedy Mariella Pent (Doubleday) takes a dig at T.O.'s politically correct arts community in a style reminiscent of Martin Amis. We'll see in early April.