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Beyond Luminato: Upcoming Writerly Events

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Much ado is being made of this year’s Luminato literary programming, which includes literary walking tours (for a fee) in three different Toronto locations, and a big literary picnic (for free) at Trinity Bellwoods Park, all happening (tomorrow) Sunday June 15th. (For more info, go to:

But Luminato isn’t the only writerly game in town, not Sunday, and certainly not next week, when readers, writers, bloggers and lit culture enthusiasts alike will be checking out these worthy literary and literary-adjacent events:

Sunday June 15 – 11 a.m.
Heritage Toronto Walking Tour: The Mansions of Jarvis Street
Talk about stories – check out this free walking tour (donations encouraged) to see if the mansions’ exterior walls will talk, and learn about the early days of Toronto in the bargain.

Sunday June 15 – 6:30 pm
The Plasticine Poetry Series at The Paupers Pub – Poetry readings, pub food and drink, an open mic and no soccer!

Sunday June 15 and Monday June 16
Watch the season finale of Games of Thrones at 9 pm Sunday on HBO Canada, admire the screenwriting and the original source material (a novel), then go online the next morning to read well-written recaps.

Monday June 16
Work in publishing? Thinking about working in publishing? Hoping to get published? Register today (or tomorrow or Wednesday or Thursday) to attend the one-day Book Summit 2014 conference being held Thursday June 19th at the Harbourfront Centre, where you can learn from savvy industry insiders how to market books, present and future. This year’s Book Summit theme: “In Bed with the Reader: Marketing Uncovered.”

Wednesday June 18, 2014 – 7 p.m.
Come down to the Harbourfront Centre for a When Words Collide party to celebrate the anniversaries of new literary besties the Toronto Word on the Street festival and the International Festival of Authors. $10 gets you in the door (age 25 and under are free) to enjoy live music and play games like ping pong and Scrabble with big-name local authors.

Thursday June 19
Attention food bloggers and food eaters: reservations will be taken starting Thursday June 19th for Toronto’s July 4 – 20 Summerlicious food celebration, featuring prix fixe meals from more than 200 restaurants. Start planning how many big restaurant meals (and blog posts) you can fit into the 16 day period right now.

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Kim Moritsugu

Kim Moritsugu is the author of six novels to date, including Looks Perfect, nominated for the Toronto Book Award; The Glenwood Treasure, shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel award; The Restoration of Emily, serialized on CBC Radio; and the just published comedy of suburban manners The Oakdale Dinner Club. She also leads a walking tour for Heritage Toronto and teaches creative writing through The Humber School for Writers.

Go to Kim Moritsugu’s Author Page