A prairie boy turned hometown hero. An imaginary adolescence. Infamous historical leaders. Creative controversy. The undead. Life on Earth. Science and time and poetry.

Are these dots to connect or tangents to follow? At This is Not a Reading Series’, they all come together this fall season as Toronto’s leading literary series launches 10 exciting new works from a blend of emerging and established authors.

Matthew Tierney, Bill Whitehead, Nancy Kilpatrick, Chris Gudgeon, and Anton Piatigorsky are among just some of the solid roster of authors TINARS has lined up for the next four months.

TINARS’ mandate has always been “think outside the book.” This fall season sees the long-running series push into new territory to cross-genres, blend audiences, and present the Canadian literary landscape in a way that others wouldn’t dare to dream of doing.

Ready for a peek at what’s to come? Here’s the full fall line-up. Add it to your calendar, write it on a post-it note, memorize it – do whatever you need to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these events. They’re sure to be talked about before, during, and long after the books are launched, read, and loved.

Tuesday, September 18:
America, but Better: the Canadian Party Manifesto, by Chris Cannon and Brian Calvert, Douglas and McIntyre
The Gladstone Ballroom, 7:30pm
Witness the plan to restore America to its former glory as authors Brian Calvert and Chris Cannon discuss the Canada Party’s platform with writer Marni Jackson on their Toronto campaign trail stop to launch America, but better: the Canadian Party Manifesto.

Sunday, September 23:
The Iron Bridge, by Anton Piatigorsky, Goose Lane Editions
The Gladstone Ballroom, 7:30pm
In his first work of fiction, Dora Award-winning playwright Anton Piatigorsky aims his theatrical eye at the decisive moments in the lives of six of the world’s most infamous dictators. Join Anton Piatigorsky in conversation with Misha Glouberman as they discuss Piatigorsky’s explorations of the teenage years of Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung, Idi Amin, and more, and watch those figures be brought to life through a trio of performances by three teen actors.

Tuesday, September 25:
Words to Live By, by William Whitehead, Cormorant Books
The Gladstone Ballroom, 6:00pm
Words to Live By is the memoir of William Whitehead who has been a participant in the development of Canadian culture at the CBC, where he was a distinguished producer and scriptwriter for the radio show Ideas and the long-run doc TV series The Nature of Things. Whitehead's relationship to his long-time partner, the writer Timothy Findley is also passionately explored.

Monday, October 1:
Raising Hell, by Richard Crouse, ECW Press
No one writes to the Colonel, 460 College Street, 7:30pm
How does a movie by one of the most famous filmmakers in the world end up banned, edited, and ignored by the company that owns it? Noted film critic Richard Crouse speaks to Canada AM co-host Seamus O’Regan about uncovering the history behind what was arguably the most controversial film of the 1970s.

Sunday, October 14:
My Life on Earth and Elsewhere, by R. Murray Schafer, Porcupine’s Quill
Koerner Hall in the Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor Street West, 7:00pm
My Life on Earth and Elsewhere, a memoir by the internationally-acclaimed Canadian composer, music educator and writer R. Murray Schafer, traces the author’s life and growth as an artist from his earliest memories to the present. Join R. Murray Schafer in conversation with Alexina Louie, followed by the world premiere of the Wolf’s Return by R. Murray Schafer, commissioned by the Esprit Orchestra.

Wednesday, October 17:
Democratic Imagination, by James Cairns and Alan Sears, University of Toronto Press
The Gladstone Ballroom, 7:30pm
James Cairns and Alan Sears examine the past and present states of democracy, its varied concepts, and its future in a book that aims to expand and challenge democratic definition.

Monday, October 29:
Song of Kosovo, by Chris Gudgeon
The Gladstone Ballroom, 7:30pm
In a novel that is as witty as it is profound, Chris Gudgeon delivers both the story of a young man coming of age during the Balkan wars of the late 1990s and a meditation on faith, history, and love. Blurring the distinction between truth and fiction, he compels us to examine both the stories that we tell ourselves and those we tell others.

Wednesday, October 31:
Vampyric Variations, by Nancy Kilpatrick, EDGE
Nocturne, 550 Queen Street West, 7:30pm
Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick unlocks the crypt's door to reveal the Undead as you've never experienced them – merciless, sensuous, intelligent, loving and cruel. Be warned: this launch party will bite!

Wednesday, November 14:
Probably Inevitable, by Matthew Tierney, Coach House Books
Matthew Tierney in conversation with Ken Babstock.
The Gladstone Ballroom, 7:30pm
Matthew Tierney’s new science-inspired poetry collection has been garnering high praise. Join Tierney in conversation with Ken Babstock and science writer Claudia Hammond as he discusses his uncanny ability to use poetry and science to find a new path to human frailty, a renewed assertion of individuality, and a genuine awe at existence.

Tuesday, November 27:
Incidental Music, by Lydia Perovic, Inanna
This debut novel by Toronto’s Lydia Perovic infuses operatic storytelling to portray the lives of three very different women. Epic, romantic, and unapologetic, Perovic’s powerful debut is the mark of a new voice on the Toronto literary scene.

For media inquiries regarding these upcoming TINARS events, please contact:

Alexandra Leggat,Communications Manager, TINARS