Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Book Launch, Q & A, Reading, Virtual: Free Events | Toronto Lit Up

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Cost: FREE

Join us for a virtual celebratory evening of readings and revelry featuring authors Heather Babcock (Filthy Sugar), Nina Munteanu (A Diary in the Age of Water), Ruth Panofsky (Radiant Shards: Hoda's North End Poems) and Mary Rykov (some conditions apply). Books discounted for the event, author Q & A and more!

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  • Heather Babcock

    Heather Babcock is an aficionado of Jean Harlow and pre-Code Hollywood films. She has had short fiction published in various literary journals and anthologies including Descant Magazine, Front & Centre Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, and in the collection GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (2009). Her chapbook, Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards, was published in 2015. She is a co-founder of The Redhead Revue and I Got You Babe: An Evening of Music and Poetry. Filthy Sugar is her debut novel. She lives and works in Toronto.

  • Nina Munteanu

    Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. Her novels include: Collision with Paradise; The Cypol; Angel of Chaos; Darwin’s Paradox; The Splintered Universe Trilogy; and The Last Summoner. Her new novel, published by Inanna Publications, is A Diary in the Age of Water.  She has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were translated into several languages. Nina’s non-fiction book, Water Is… —a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher, and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as her #1 choice in the 2016 “The Year in Reading.” She lives in Toronto.

  • Ruth Panofsky

    Ruth Panofsky is a poet who lives and writes in Toronto, where she teaches at Ryerson University. She is author of The Force of Vocation: The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman and The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada: Making Books and Mapping Culture. Her award-winning critical edition of the collected poetry of Miriam Waddington was published in 2014. Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing, was published in 2019. In 2008, she received Jewish Book Award for Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices. Her new book, Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems received a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award.

  • headshot of Mary Rykov, leaning on her arm looking at camera

    Mary Rykov

    Puerto Rican-Canadian Mary Rykov holds a PhD in Adult Education (OISE/UT 2006) and an MA in Music Therapy (NYU 1995). Her poems and prose appear in numerous print and web venues. Mary serves as proofreader on the Pulp Literature masthead and freelances as a writing mentor and editor in multiple genres. When not playing with words or music, she is a voracious knitter and ardent dandelion enthusiast, cyclist, and foodie.