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Neil Besner's Toronto Lit Up banner with the book cover of Fishing with Tardelli and "Book Launch Free Monday June 6 6:30pm". Includes TIFA, Toronto Arts Council, ECW, Type Books and Arts & Letters Club Toronto logos

Toronto Lit Up: Fishing with Tardelli

June 06 at 6:30pm

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Join Neil Besner on June 6 at 6:30pm ET at Arts & Letters Club to celebrate the launch of his memoir, Fishing with Tardelli (ECW Press May 2022)!

Ricardo Sternberg, poet and retired professor at U of T, joins Neil Besner in a panel discussion about his memoir and their shared hometown, Rio de Janiero, hosted by Ruth Panofsky, professor at Toronto Metropolitan University. Enjoy performances by Brazilian musician, Carlos Augusto Cardozo Filho. Light refreshments will be provided. Book signing with sales by Type Books.

A literary meditation on memory, time, love, and loss, Fishing with Tardelli is a son’s meditation on four parental figures — mother, father, stepfather, and his Brazilian fishing companion — as he locates them on three home grounds: Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, and Montreal, and memory’s story about time.

Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 and January 2022, Toronto Lit Up has produced 128 events that launched 152 books by 226 local authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.

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Neil Besner, Fishing With Tardelli: A Memoir of Family in Time Lost (ECW Press)  book cover

Fishing with Tardelli



Toronto Lit Up: Fishing with Tardelli

June 06 at 6:30pm


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Photo credit: Stacey Naiglie.

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