Partner Venues To Host Special Keep Toronto Reading Events

March 7, 2012 | Ab. Velasco

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This year’s Keep Toronto Reading Festival presents nearly 100 events, discussions and workshops. Several of these events take place at our partner venues – offering a unique setting for fascinating discussion, educational tours, hilarious literary mischief, and more.


Keep Toronto Reading Book Exchange


Join Misha Glouberman of Trampoline Hall fame (above left) and panellists Pasha Malla, Kristyn Dunnion, and Ryan Kamstra for our third annual Book Exchange, where books are the only currency. Bring a book you are willing to exchange and get ready to swap. Be warned of literary mischief: Swap contestants have been known to get feisty. Attendance limited to persons 19 years or older.

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Imperial Pub and Library


One Book Events

Lectures, discussions and tours bring the themes of our One BookGirls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig – to life.


Explore PATH with Shawn Micallef


Follow in the steps of Girls Fall Down protagonists Alex and Susie-Paul in this walking tour of Toronto’s PATH system led by Shawn Micallef.

Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 pm
Meet at the front entrance of Roy Thomson Hall


The Damaged City: The Emotional Negotiations of Girls Fall Down

Lecture by Ryerson University English professor Jenny Sampirisi.

Friday, April 13, 3 pm
Ryerson University, Heaslip House, 7th floor


Graffiti Talk and Tour


In Girls Fall Down, anonymous graffiti artists paint the word “Fear” across the city. Join Steve Ferrara and Lisa Martin of Well and Good Arts & Culture for an engaging talk on graffiti in Toronto and around the world and tour the Evergreen Brick Works.

Sunday, April 15, 12:30 pm
Tour at 1:30 pm
Evergreen Brick Works, BMO Atrium


Toronto’s Invisible Community

As portrayed by the character Derek, homelessness can be the ultimate disconnection from society. Activists Mike Creek and Cathy Crowe join author Maggie Helwig and Dr. Paula Goering (CAMH) to shed light on the challenges that the homeless community face, including poverty, mental illness, and abuse. Moderated by CBC’s Nil Koksal.

Thursday, April 19, 7 pm.
Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church


Unseen Toronto: The Shadow Worlds of Girls Fall Down

Subterranean Toronto – with its subways and ravines – can present hidden, shadowy dangers, as Helwig’s protagonists discover. A talk by University of Toronto Canadian Studies professor Andrew Lesk.

Thursday, April 26, 6 pm
University of Toronto, University College, Room 179


Ravine Walk: From Castle Frank Station to Evergreen Brick Works


Join John Wilson of Lost River Walks and Maggie Helwig for a reading and guided tour of the ravines toward the historical Don Valley Brick Works.

Sunday, April 29, 12:30 pm
Meet on Danforth across from Castle Frank Station