First Look: Keep Toronto Reading 2013 Events Lineup

March 7, 2013 | Tina Srebotnjak

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Well, the book has launched, and we’ll be announcing our full roster of Keep Toronto Reading programs next Thursday.

“The book” of course, is this year’s One Book title, "Fahrenheit 451", which is the centerpiece of this year’s festival.

We launched it last week with a fun photo op at Yorkville Fire Station.  You may have caught City Librarian Jane Pyper and Fire Chief Jim Sales on the news or in the paper, or heard Jane on Metro Morning. And I hope you saw that great “Everybody’s Reading One Book” ad featuring firefighters from Yorkville station in the March 2 edition of Toronto Star. 

Here’s a sneak preview of all the fascinating things we’ll have on offer this April:

  • Our programming kicks off on April 2 with a Ray Bradbury tribute event at the Merril Collection. This is also the launch of a month-long Bradbury exhibit hosted at the Collection.
  • Coming up, we’ll have programs about censorship and book banning, the dire effects (or not) of modern technology, and memory and storytelling. Plus entertaining events for kids,  including fire department outreach officers reading their favourite stories to kids.
  • Something brand new this year: an alternate reality game called KTR 451. It asks you to join “the Literary Resistance” and take on three missions critical to the survival of books.  All who complete the missions will be recognized as Resistance Heroes at a fun event (drinks involved!) at the Appel Salon on April 22nd
  • We’ll also be asking you to post YouTube videos answering the question, “If the library were burning, which book would you save?” 
  • If you’re a TTC rider, check out our One Book tweets posted to video screens in all subway locations. 

Want more?  43 book clubs across the city are discussing "Fahrenheit 451", 1,000 students are reading the book along with us, and of course it will be the April selection on Book Buzz.

So fasten your seat belt – it’s going to be a great festival!