Toronto Lit Up: In the Key of Decay

Em Dial

TLU: Toronto Lit Up: In the Key of Decay

6:30pm ET

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Type Books Junction

2887 Dundas Street West

Please note: This is an offsite event.

Join us Saturday, May 25 for the launch of Em Dial‘s latest poetry collection, In The Key of Decay (Palimpsest Press). The launch will be at Type Books Junction and will feature readings from the author as well as special guests, Twoey Gray and Jody Chan.


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 March 2024, Toronto Lit Up has presented over 200 events featuring over 250 Toronto authors and illustrators. 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.

      Type Books

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Toronto Lit Up

How to attend

This FREE event is open to the public.

Join us Saturday, May 25 for the launch of Em Dial‘s latest poetry collection, In The Key of Decay (Palimpsest Press). The launch will be at Type Books Junction and will feature readings from the author as well as special guests, Twoey Gray and Jody Chan.


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 March 2024, Toronto Lit Up has presented over 200 events featuring over 250 Toronto authors and illustrators. 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.

      Type Books

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Toronto Lit Up

Featured Authors

Em Dial
Em Dial is a queer, Black, Taiwanese, Japanese, and white, chronically ill writer born and raised in the Bay Area of California, currently living in Toronto, Ontario. Em is a Kundiman Fellow and recipient of the 2020 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award and 2019 Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award. Their work has been described by José Olivarez as poetry “that sings and staccatos before bursting into rapture.” Her captivating performances have brought her to venues across Turtle Island, from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the final stages of the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam and College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. They are a previous coach and team member of the Stanford slam team and an alumnus of the Stanford Spoken Word Collective, where their infatuation with poetry was born and nourished. Her work can be found in the Literary Review of Canada, Sonora Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, the forthcoming Permanent Record Anthology from Nightboat Books, and elsewhere.

Read more about Em Dial

6:30pm ET

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Type Books Junction

2887 Dundas Street West

Please note: This is an offsite event.

How to attend

This FREE event is open to the public

What to read

In the Key of Decay by ,
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