Jian Ghomeshi joins the NOW Talks series November 27.
BYE, WOMEN'S BOOKSTORE
Hard to believe the iconic Toronto Women's Bookstore is closing at the end of November after 39 years in operation. Doubtless the reality will sink in at the store's closing party (and book sale - 30 per cent off everything) on Saturday (November 24), starting at 5:30 pm. Speakers, including author Susan Swan, theatre artist Monique Mojica, NOW books editor Susan G. Cole and many others, honour the store's role in promoting feminism in a celebration of women and words. Free. 73 Harbord. 416-922-8744.
GHOMESHI COMES CLEAN
Writer, musician and award-winning broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, besides spinning out commentary on all matters cultural and political on CBC's Q, has now scribed a memoir, 1982. The bittersweet book covers his teen years, the musical moments that shaped his life and what it was like for an Iranian Canadian in an immigrant-rare white suburb. NOW Talks hosts Ghomeshi in conversation with NOW editor/publisher Michael Hollett, Tuesday (November 27), 6:30 pm (doors 6 pm), at the Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor West. $17.
MAKING SYRIA'S FUTURE
With the Syrian regime unleashing terrible violence on its populace and opposition forces becoming increasingly fragmented, check out Syria: Visions For Tomorrow with Afra Jalabi, member of the Syrian National Council; U of T Mideast expert Paul Kingston; Hind Kabawat, conflict resolution analyst at George Mason U; and Stephen Starr, author of Revolt In Syria: Eye-Witness To The Uprising. Thursday, November 29, 7 pm, at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park. Free. Reserve at visionsforsyria.com.