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Toronto Lit Up: Dakota McFadzean – Rescheduled!

May 31 at 8:00pm
Dakota McFadzean Toronto Lit Up banner with the book cover of To Know You're Alive and "Book Launch Free Monday May 31 8pm". Includes TIFA, Toronto Arts Council and Conundrum Press logos

Due to technical difficulties, the Toronto Lit Up book launch with Dakota McFadzean has been rescheduled for Monday, May 31 at 8pm. This event, celebrating the launch of TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE with Conundrum Press, will feature a live reading with musical accompaniment by actor and composer Daniel Maslany (Murdoch Mysteries), lots of cartooning fun, plus door prizes!

TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE is a brilliantly dark collection that offers a glimpse into the cracks between childhood imagination and the disappointing harshness of adulthood. Populated by cruel bullies, exhausted parents and relentless cartoon mascots, McFadzean’s latest work renders the familiar into something that is alien and absurd. The characters in these stories long to uncover something uncanny in shadowy attics and beneath masks, only to discover that sometimes it’s worse to find nothing at all.

Purchase your copy of TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE from The Beguiling, the event’s official bookseller, here.

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A sketched self portrait of Dakota McFadzean Dakota McFadzean is a Canadian cartoonist who has been published by MAD Magazine, the New Yorker, The Best American Comics and Funny or Die. He has also worked as a storyboard artist for DreamWorks, and is an alumni of The Center for Cartoon Studies. To Know You’re Alive is McFadzean’s third book with Conundrum Press; other titles include Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On, and Don’t Get Eaten by Anything, which collects three years of daily comic strips. McFadzean currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

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 to December 2020, Toronto Lit Up has produced 107 events to launch 131 books by 177 Toronto 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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