Find your inner activist
There are plans for McClelland & Stewart authors Maude Barlow (Blue Covenant, about the global water crisis) and Amanda Sussman (The Art Of The Possible: A Handbook For Political Activism) to share the stage in an effort to get people properly pissed off. No date yet for the event, but keep your eyes open.
Drink with famous authors
Sure, actors and musicians know how to party, but nobody slings the verbiage around more mightily than writers here for Harbourfront Centre?s International Festival Of Authors October 17 to 27. Our tipple tips? Vendela Vida, Jasper Fforde, Will Ferguson ? all funny people. 231 Queens Quay West. www.readings.org.
See if Jan is right or Wong
When Jan Wong came out with Red China Blues in 1996, she was seen as a running dog of Western capitalism. Now that capitalism is running like a dog all over China, Wong returns to her birth country to find out how her old compatriots are doing in the new world. She releases Beijing Confidential: A Tale Of Comrades Lost And Found (Doubleday) on November 3.
Meet Neil Young's sister
Okay, you'd probably rather meet Neil, but his sib Astrid Young is pretty interesting. She releases her memoir, Being Young (Insomniac), with a This Is Not A Reading Series event at the Gladstone October 23. 1214 Queen West. www.pagesbooks.ca.
Suck up to the short-listers
Who doesn't love a little literary glamour? And the glam factor's been upped now that the Governor General's Award winners get $25,000, while the Giller winner now cops $40,000. Hear the GG short-listers read at the Authors Festival October 22 and the Giller aspirants do their thing October 27. www.readings.org.
Make the zine scene
We love the Hotel Canzine event for several reasons: you can check out tons of zines, there's an all-day murder mystery game, all-day underground video screenings, workshops on zine-making, all in the DIY spirit. At the Gladstone October 28. www.brokenpencil.com.