Drink some Irish
This year's International Festival Of Authors at Harbourfront Centre (October 22 to November 1) has a special Irish component and welcomes heavy hitters from the Emerald Isle including Giller long-lister (Canadian-based but born in Ireland) Emma Donoghue, Dervla Murphy and Roddy Doyle, (pictured)who headlines the mammoth PEN benefit. Look for NOW's special Authors Fest supplement in the October 23 issue. readings.org.
Monia Mazigh fought with unceasing determination to get justice for her husband, Maher Arar, who was illegally deported to Syria and tortured in what became a Canadian cause célèbre. She tells her story in her new book, Hope And Despair (McClelland & Stewart), launching at the Eaton Centre Indigo November 12. An onstage interview will be followed by an audience Q&A. Arar will also participate, making a very rare public appearance. chapters.indigo.ca.
The Jewish Book Fair, skedded for November 1 to 9 at the Leah Posluns Theatre, features some major names this year. Look for Alan Dershowitz, Anita Diamant, Bonnie Stern and many more in an event that makes it worth the trip to Bathurst and Sheppard. Go to kofflerarts.org for more info.
Get hip to a hoax
Savannah Knoop has nerve. She tried to pass as the author of Sarah, JT LeRoy's supposedly autobiographical novel about a transsexual 12-year-old boy. Turns out LeRoy doesn't exist and the book was really written by another hoax mistress, Laura Albert. Confused? Who can blame you? Sort it out when Pages' This Is Not A Reading Series brings Knoop to the Gladstone, where she launches Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy (Seven Stories) on October 15. pagesbooks.ca/events.
Go behind the music-biz scene
Think of a role in rock and Danny Goldberg's played it - from PR hack to manager of Nirvana. The guy's got stories, and he tells them all in Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside The Rock And Roll Business (Gotham). Hear him interviewed by Rob Bowman, Grammy Award-winning York University professor of musicology, when he launches the book at the Gladstone's second-floor gallery October 21. pagesbooks.ca/events.
Touch some theatrical greatness
There's nothing juicier than deep dish from inside the theatre world, and Christopher Plummer - currently blowing audiences away in Caesar And Cleopatra at Stratford - has got a ton of it. It's all in his memoir In Spite Of Myself (Random House), which he signs October 20 at Theatrebooks. This is a rare opportunity to encounter one of the world's greatest actors. theatrebooks.com.