KW Writer’s Alliance Bookfest

Sarah Tolmie shares a table with Tanis MacDonald at the KW Writer’s Alliance Bookfest.

Where: Uptown Waterloo Square
When: Wednesday, 31 August 2022, 5:00–9:00 pm

Virtual Book Launch

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Little Animals as part of the the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Virtual Book Club. After the reading, WICI graduate student respondents across a range of disciplines will give five-minute talks, reading aspects of the novel from the diverse perspectives of their research. The event will conclude with an open Q & A session with the author and graduate student readers.

Register in advance via Zoom.

Where: Zoom
When: Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 1:00–2:00 pm

Virtual Book Launch

Sarah Tolmie will be reading from her new novella All the Horses of Iceland, a saga set in ninth-century Iceland and Mongolia, at a virtual launch hosted by Toronto’s Bakka Phoenix Bookstore. The reading will be followed by a Q and A hosted by SFF blogger James Nicoll.

Where: Facebook live
When: Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 6:00–7:00 pm

Augmented Reality Poetry Event

Fiery Sparks book coverSarah Tolmie is one of four Canadian women poets (along with Margaret Atwood, Nicole Brossard, and Canisia Lubrin) selected to perform in Fiery Sparks of Light, an augmented reality poetry display that forms part of Canada’s guest of honour program at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair (20–24 October 2021). Produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Fiery Sparks of Light is a CFC Media Lab and York University Immersive Storytelling Lab co-production, in partnership with The Griffin Trust for Excellence In Poetry, and supported by OCAD University.

A PDF excerpt from the book is available from the Canadian Film Centre; scan the the QR codes in the PDF using the free Fiery Sparks of Light app (iOS / Android), and watch a preview of the AR performances. An instructional video shows you how to use the app.

Where: Frankfurt Book Fair
When: Thursday, 20–24 October 2021

Virtual Reading

Sarah Tolmie and Mary Germaine do a joint reading, Hosted by the Department of English, University of New Brunswick. Register for this event at Eventbrite.

Where: online
When: Thursday, 7 October 2021, 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time / 7:00 pm Atlantic Daylight Time

Broadcast Interview

Sarah Tolmie and Mike Chaulk are interviewed by Watershed Writers broadcasts a joint interview with Sarah Tolmie and Mike Chaulk on 30 March 2021 at 6:00 pm, on 98.5 CKWR. This episode will be available as a podcast from Watershed Writers on 1 April 2021.

Where: 98.5 CKWR, and later as a podcast from Watershed Writers
When: Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 6:00 pm; podcast available on 1 April

Joint Reading

Sarah Tolmie and Tanis MacDonald read from their latest poetry collections (Sarah Tolmie, Check [McGill-Queen’s UP, 2020] and Tanis MacDonald, Mobile [Book*hug Press, 2019]). Each poet will read first from her work, and then from each other’s. There will be a Q & A moderated by Laurie Graham (poet and editor at Brick Books), and a chance for participants to win either of the books by reading one poem aloud.

Supported by the League of Canadian Poets.

Where: Zoom
When: Friday, 5 February 2021, 7:00–8:00 pm
Meeting ID: 941 9354 8406
Passcode: CHECKIT

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Sarah Tolmie reads from Check in a joint reading with Tanis MacDonald, hosted by KFB SAL|ONline. For details about how to participate, see the knife | fork | book site.

Where: Online
When: Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 7:00 pm

ChiSeries Toronto

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Little Animals in the Chiaroscuro Reading Series. The other readers are Elyse Friedman and Robin Richardson

Where: ROUND Venue, 152a Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON
When: Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 8:00 pm

2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Art of Dying, which was shortlisted in the Canadian category for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize. The other shortlisted poets are Raymond Antrobus, Daniel Borzutzky, Don Mee Choi and Kim Hyesoon, and Ani Gjika and Luljeta Lleshanaku in the international category, and Dionne Brand and Eve Joseph in the Canadian category.

Tickets ($20) are available from the Royal Conservatory box office.

Where: Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St W., Toronto, ON
When: Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 7:30 pm

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The Word on the Street

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Art of Dying at a session entitled “Observational Poetry,” together with Dani Couture.

Where: Audible Presents Great Books, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
When: Sunday, 23 September 2018, 11:45 am—12:15 pm

Resonance Reading Series

Sarah Tolmie reads at the Resonance Reading Series, together with Michelle Brown, Rebecca Papucaru, Blossom Thom, and Dawid Koloszyc.

Where: Café Resonance, 5175A Parc Ave, Montréal, QC
When: Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:00 pm

Art Bar Reading Series

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Art of Dying as part of the Art Bar Reading Series.

Where: Free Times Café, 320 College Street, Toronto, ON
When: Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 8:00 pm

Reading at the Atwater Poetry Project

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Art of Dying, along with Pamela Mordecai.

Where: Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, Québec
When: Thursday, 10 May 2018, 7:00 pm

Open Mic at the Iceland Writers Retreat

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Art of Dying at the 2018 Iceland Writers Retreat.

Where: Norræna Húsið, Sæmundargata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
When: Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 8:00 pm

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On Poetry and Complexity

Sarah Tolmie moderates “On Poetry & Complexity,” featuring readings and conversation with:

  • Madhur Anand, Waterloo Institute for complexity & Innovation Director, theoretical ecologist, and poet
  • Roald Hoffman, Nobel-prize-winning theoretical chemist and poet
  • Rae Armantrout, Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet and Guggenheim Fellow

This event resulted in an article, jointly authored by Madhur Anand, Rae Armantrout, Roald Hoffman, Sarah Tolmie, and Osheen Harruthoonyan, entitled “On Poetry and Complexity: A Conversation at the Interface of Art and Science,”

Where: Davis Centre, Room 1301, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 4:00—6:00 pm

Reading Series at St Jerome's

Sarah Tolmie reads from The Art of Dying.

Where: SJ1 3027, St Jerome’s University, Waterloo, ON
When: Friday, 23 March 2018, 4:30 pm