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Five Things Literary: Toronto, with Victoria Sedova

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August 31, 2013 - In our Five Things Literary series, we bring you into the literary life of individual authors and the communities that nurture and inspire them. Victoria Sedova, Open Book's September 2013 Writer in Residence takes us on a literary tour of the Toronto.

1. The Word on the Street is by far my favourite literary event in Toronto. This year it takes place on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Queen's Park Circle and I will make sure to attend. A truly public and one-of-a-kind literary event, The Word on the Street is a perfect mix of fun, books and entertainment. I’ve been attending The Word on the Street for many years and witnessed how it has evolved into an incredible celebration of Canadian literature.

2. Harbourfront Centre. No cultural experience of Toronto can be completed without visiting the Harbourfront Centre. Whether you are craving for a book reading by one of Canada’s most prominent authors or for a multicultural festival or for an art exhibition — this is the place to go. And while there, feel free to spoil yourself at World Cafe at the Harbourfront sampling the finest international cuisine and enjoying spectacular views of Lake Ontario.

3. Ben McNally Books is my favourite bookstore in downtown Toronto. In these challenging economic times when many independent bookstores (Nicholas Hoare Bookstore in Toronto and Collected Works Bookstore in Ottawa just to name a few) vanished from the literary landscape, Ben McNally Books is still standing and entertaining literary lovers with excellent selections of books, many exciting events and famous Globe & Mail/Ben McNally Books Authors’ Brunches at King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.

4. The Art Bar Poetry Reading Series is weekly poetry reading events featuring established and emerging poets from diverse backgrounds. I believe it’s been around since early 1990s and has now become the focal point of Toronto’s vibrant poetry community. The Art Bar Poetry events take place at different locations throughout Toronto, most recently at the Q Space at 382 College Street and soon to be moving to The Black Swan Tavern at 154 Danforth Avenue (at Danforth and Broadview).

5. Gladstone Hotel over the years has been home to hundreds of book launches, art exhibitions, live music events and Toronto Small Press Book Fairs. Local artists have transformed the Gladstone’s hotel rooms into experimental, alternative works of contemporary art, making this place truly unique. Built in 1889 and often referred to as Toronto’s favourite art hotel, this historical landmark is a prime destination for a handful of cultural events in downtown Toronto.