Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Upcoming Toronto Literary Salon features Kathryn Borel, Christopher Shulgan, Micah Toub & Nathan Whitlock

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Dear Saloniste, Salonista, Saloniere,

The Spoke Club and Open Book: Toronto invite you to join us Tuesday, November 9, at The Spoke Club for the autumn Toronto Literary Salon. Jump into conversation with four much-buzzed-about Toronto writers about writing and reading; family; writing a memoir and all the tangles of that; the legacy of one’s parents; and who knows what else. If you have attended the two previous Salons, you know that anything is possible with this lively evening discussion.

Joining us at the November Salon:

Kathryn Borel was born in 1979 in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. She has worked as a writer and broadcaster for a decade. Borel was the founding producer of the top-rated CBC national radio program Q. Her print journalism has appeared in the Guardian UK, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Walrus, and, among others. She has also been a regular on-air contributor to the CBC programs GO! and Fresh Air. Her first book, Corked, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Writing, Canada's top humour writing prize. By turns uproarious, poignant, and filled with cunning little details about wine, Corked is the uncensored account of her tour through the great wine regions of France with her eccentric father, Philippe. Borel currently lives in Los Angeles.

Christopher Shulgan’s new book, Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood, is already making big waves. An acclaimed journalist and storyteller, Chris seemed like a straightforward young urban father: a house in Toronto’s hip Queen West neighbourhood, a loving marriage, afternoons at the park with his infant son. But this enviable life concealed a shocking secret: nights of hard drinking that would push him, inevitably, to the city’s underbelly, where he bought and smoked crack. At first Shulgan managed to justify his behaviour: the occasional drug binge allowed him to blow off steam, ultimately making him a better, more attentive father. Until the night he found himself poised to choose drugs over his child’s safety, and the carefully constructed façade began to crumble. Woven through Shulgan’s powerful, darkly funny account of his domestic days and restless nights is an exploration of his own misguided ideas of fatherhood. At the heart of Superdad, however, is the deeply personal story of a man finally throwing a light on the darkest corners of his life.

Award-winning journalist and Globe and Mail columnist Micah Toub faced quite a few psychological challenges when he was growing up. And two of his best guides through them – as well as the biggest causes of them – were his parents. Part memoir, part introduction to famous and infamous psychological concepts past and present, Growing Up Jung tells the story of a boy raised by two psychologists. It's an extraordinary coming-of-age story, replete with more sexual confusion and domestic dysfunction than even the average adolescent has to endure. And through the telling of that story, Toub is able to discuss such topics as why Freud's obsession with Oedipus threatens our chances today of being close to our mothers; the methods a Jungian psychologist might use to help a young man overcome sexual anxiety; and why it is okay to sometimes let your inner-murderer out for the night. Growing Up Jung is already garnering rave reviews.

Nathan Whitlock is our Salon host. He is the author of the much-lauded A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days (ECW Press). A brilliant, darkly comic, and startlingly honest novel, A Week of This follows the lives of an extended family over one increasingly desperate week. Nathan’s writing and reviews have appeared in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, Fashion magazine, Maisonneuve, Best Canadian Essays 2009, and elsewhere. He is the Books for Young People editor for Quill & Quire magazine and the former fiction editor for Driven magazine. He has hosted numerous events for the Authors at Harbourfront as well as This Is Not A Reading Series, and has appeared as a books commentator on CBC Radio and Television. He lives in Toronto.

This is a free event, with a cash bar. Doors open in the Front Lounge at 6:30 p.m. for drinks and mingling. Salon conversation starts at 7 p.m. sharp.

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See you there!

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