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Harron event December 8Don Harron signing My Double Life
Saturday, December 8 at 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
My Double Life Sixty Yeers of Farquharson around with Don Harn
Chris Plummer gives a great quote : " This book's a tonic, quenching and delicious." We can take phone orders for signed copies for those unable to attend - call TheatreBooks at 416.922.7175 or send us an email.

Pinsent event December 13 Gordon Pinsent signing Next
Thursday, December 13 at 5 pm.
Co-written with George Anthony. We can take phone orders for signed copies for those unable to attend - call TheatreBooks at 416.922.7175 or send us an email.

Previous events

PCP Fall Launch 2012Playwrights Canada Press Fall Launch
Monday, November 12
Doors open at 6:30 followed by readings at 7 pm.

Hosted by Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole of Now Magazine
At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto
Books sold by TheatreBooks. This is a free event.
With readings by:

  • Brad Fraser
  • Ravi and Asha Jain
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • David Yee
  • Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt

View the poster.

Please Join Us for Five Playwrights Reading

Falling in Time

Lonely Diner

Relative Good

Pearl Gidley


Monday, November 5 at 8 pm.
At the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto.
TheatreBooks, J. Gordon Shillingford and Scirocco Drama present a book launch and evening of readings.

  • Falling in Time - C.E. Catchalian
  • The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township - Beverley Cooper
  • Relative Good - David Gow
  • Pearl Gidley - Gary Kirkham
  • Lost: A Memoir - Cathy Ostlere

With special host Marcia Johnson, author of Courting Johanna. Free admission. For more information, contact TheatreBooks at 416.922.7175 or View the PDF of the poster.

TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of WorkNina Arsenault: An Intimate Encounter - Launch #2

Friday June 1, 7 to 9 pm.
TheatreBooks Third Floor Salon

Due to the overwhelming response at the launch of TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work, edited by Judith Rudakoff, Nina's fans are invited to attend Launch # 2. Nina will perform an excerpt from The Silicone Diaries and sign copies of her new book in the intimate third floor salon at TheatreBooks. Space is limited.
RSVP to guarantee a seat ( 416 ) 922.7175 or
Books may be purchased in advance or on the evening while supply lasts.

Playwrights Canada Press Spring LaunchPlaywrights Canada Press Spring Book Launch
Monday, May 7
, Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Our spring book launch is just around the corner... Hosted by Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole of NOW Magazine, the evening will feature readings by seven of our talented playwrights, including

  • Maja Ardal, The Cure for Everything
  • Catherine Banks, It Is Solved by Walking
  • Ronnie Burkett, Penny Plain
  • Robert Chafe, Oil and Water
  • Trina Davies, The Romeo Initiative
  • Sky Gilbert, The Mommiad
  • Anusree Roy, Brothel #9

Where: Revival, 783 College Street
When: Monday, May 7
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, followed by readings at 7:00

Books will be available for purchase from TheatreBooks throughout the event. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and free admission.

Roberto Gutiérrez VareaA Conversation with Roberto Gutiérrez Varea

Wednesday May 16, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
at TheatreBooks, 11 St. Thomas Street
Aluna Theatre and TheatreBooks present a conversation with Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, co-editor of Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding, in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States has focused on Latino/Chicano theatre, and directing world or west-coast premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrie Moraga, and Jose Rivera (among others). He is the founding artistic director of community-based performance groups Soapstone Theatre Company and El Teatro Jornalero!, and co-founder of the San Francisco-based collective Secos & Mojados.

The Pursuit of PerfectionBook Launch
The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca

Carol Bishop-Gwyn
Meet the Author / Book Signing

Saturday, December 10, 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
A tremendously penetrating biography of Celia Franca, founder of the National Ballet of Canada. A beautifully illustrated volume which is an essential addition to the canon of Canadian dance literature. Written with depth, insight, and a journalist's insatiable curiosity, this book is perfect for anyone interested in dance, the arts, or Canadian institutions. Hardcover, 420 pp. $36.00.

A Fiery SoulA Fiery Soul: The Life and Theatrical Times of John Hirsch

Fraidie Martz & Andrew Wilson
November 23
Thanks to everyone for a great launch of A Fiery Soul on November 23.
Special thanks to actors Seana McKenna for her amusing and touching anecdotes and Alon Nashman for a glimpse of his portrayal of John Hirsch in the upcoming play Hirsch at Stratford 2012. Thanks too, to David Mirvish for the use of the Royal Alex and of course to the authors and publisher. Signed copies available now. Softcover $ 22.00.

Scirocco Drama Fall Launch
Scirocco Drama presents An Evening of Readings

Monday, November 7 at 8 pm.
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave.
with special hosts Sue Miner & Mark Brownell, co-authors of Break A Leg!
Kenneth T. Williams - Bannock Republic; Alison Lawrence - The Catering Queen; Jason Maghanoy - Gas/Dust; Paul Ciufo - A Killing Snow; Sally Stubbs - Herr Beckman's People

Playwrights Canada Press Fall Launch Party
Playwrights Canada Press Fall Launch Party

Hosted by Jon Kaplan & Susan G. Cole of NOW Magazine
Monday, November 14, Doors open at 6:30
, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto
with readings from Matthew MacFadzean, Jonathan Garfinkel, Hannah Moscovitch, Colleen Wagner, Daniel Karasik, Damien Atkins, Erin Shields, Tara Beagan, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Free food and admission, cash bar.

Film Production Management 101 Management and Coordination in a Digital Age
Film Production Mangement 101

Friday, May 27, 5:30 to 7:30
at TheatreBooks, 11 St. Thomas Street
Space is limited - register now.
Film Production Management 101 Management and Coordination in a Digital Age
Second Edition
Deborah Patz
In effect, Film Production Management 101 is two books in one: a detailed insider's guide for production managers and another one for production coordinators. With an entertaining "nuts and bolts" approach, Deb Patz takes you on a journey from prep to post and even on to the audit with insider tips on budgets, cost reports, cash flows, interim financing, script revisions, location management, production insurance, completion bonds and much, much more! 36 in-depth chapters are complimented with more than 70 additional pages of essential forms. Softcover, $47.95. (

An Evening with Stephen Sondheim An Evening with Stephen Sondheim

Monday, December 6, 2010
The Princess of Wales Theatre
An onstage conversation with journalist Robert Cushman.
Introduced by director Des McAnuff.
The composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist to work in the American musical theatre over the past half-century. He has not only collaborated on more than a dozen landmark shows and written countless standard songs, but has also been the single most influential force in bringing the Broadway musical into the modern age. Now, in celebration of Mr. Sondheim’s 80th birthday, the publication of his new book, Finishing The Hat -- Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdote, and the upcoming Toronto presentation of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, David Mirvish is delighted to present An Evening with Stephen Sondheim, a rare appearance by the theatre artist at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Read more.

Bone CageCatherine Banks
November 24 at 7 pm.
Bone Cage
Bone Cage is a poetic and darkly humorous portrayal of life in Nova Scotia, where stripping the enviroment means stripping your soul. This play examines how young people in rural communities, employed in the destruction of the enviroment they cherish, treat the people they love at the end of their shift and the difficulties in growing and hanging onto dreams in a world where they are seen as impractical or weak. Softcover, 103 pp. $18.95.

Monday, November 8, 7 pm.
Hosted by Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole of NOW magazine
Featuring readings from David Yee, Maria Vacratsis for Judith Thompson, David Ferry and Kyra Harper reading from Missing, Florence Gibson MacDonald, Mary Vingoe, Michael Healey and Sky Gilbert. At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street. Free food and admission, cash bar. Books on sale through TheatreBooks. Read the poster.

A Foster ChristmasA Foster Christmas Launch Party
Saturday, November 20, 2 pm.
Playwrights Canada Press and TheatreBooks invite you to enjoy holiday treats and a fireside reading from Norm Foster
Please RSVP to Melissa Anthony by phone at 416.703.0013 or by email at At TheatreBooks, 11 St. Thomas Street. Download the poster.


Scirocco Drama presents a Book Launch & Readings
Monday, November 1, 8 pm.
Featuring Beverley Cooper reading from The Eyes of Heaven; Lynda Martens with Naked in the Kitchen; Sally Stubbs with Wreckage; and Kenneth T. Williams with Thunderstick. Special hosts Sue Miner and Mark Brownell. Free admission. At Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue. For more information, call TheatreBooks at 922.7175, or email Read the poster.

Yoshi OidaYoshi Oida
Sunday, October 3 at 7 pm.
The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West at Davenport
WhyNot Theatre in partnership with the Canadian Opera Company, Equity Showcase Theatre and the Theatre Centre presents Yoshi Oida. A screening of Have you seen the moon?, documenting the creative process of Yoshi Oida followed by a conversation with the man himself. A collaborator with Peter Brook for the last 42 years, Oida is a world-renowned Japanese master-actor, director and author. TheatreBooks is the participating bookstore and will have books available at the event including copies of two outstanding books for actors by Yoshi Oida: An Actor's Tricks and The Invisible Actor. For more information on the event, visit To reserve a place, call the Theatre Centre Box office at 416.538.0988. Reservations are on the honour system. If you can no longer attend, please be respectful and cancel your spot as spaces are limited. See the full-size poster.

Mr. Ebert will only sign copies purchased at TheatreBooks. Please, no memorabilia. Buy now and save 25%. Booksigning
Roger Ebert will autograph copies of the The Great Movies III
Wednesday, September 15 at 4 pm.

just published
Can't attend? Reserve your signed copy now by calling (416) 922-7175 or e-mail Mr. Ebert will only sign copies purchased at TheatreBooks. Please, no memorabilia. In collaboration with The Cookbook Store, TheatreBooks is pleased to offer Roger Ebert's The Pot and How to Use It The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker for sale on September 15th.

How To Do Accents by Jan Haydn Rowles & Edda Sharpe:
A Seminar with co-author Edda Sharpe
Saturday, March 27 at 2:30 pm.

How To Do AccentsWorking with an accent can be a dream or a nightmare. The pressures to get it right – to sound authentic, honest and connected – grow as audiences become more demanding and the world gets smaller. People currently have only two options: to work with a specialist dialect coach, or to buy a specific dialect ‘study tape.’
Now, in the second Revised Edition of How to Do Accents, actors are offered a new approach. The book and workshop CD provide a desperately needed, simple, reassuring method for both learning and teaching accents: a method that teaches not just one accent, but the underlying structure inherent in all accents.
‘At last! A really practical (and fun) guide to accent training. I recommend it to all actors and voice teachers’ - Jeannette Nelson, Head of Voice, National Theatre, London.

Edda Sharpe is Head of Voice and Dialect at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, where she has worked on over 60 productions over the past ten years. She has also been the principal dialect teacher on the MA Voice Studies course at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK, for eight years. Her skills have been employed on numerous theatre productions, in the West End, throughout the UK and internationally.

Third Floor Salon, TheatreBooks, 11 St. Thomas St., Toronto. Space is limited, and registration is required. Send a message to register. Include phone contact number please.

You Got the PartYou Got the Part: A Casting Director Guides Actors to Successful Auditions for Film & Television
Saturday, March 13
at 2:30 pm.
by Marsha Chesley
Marsha Chesley has been a casting director for more than thirty years and has worked in every medium: feature films, movies-of-the-week, dramatic series, sitcoms, commercials and corporate videos. She is the winner of the 2009 Gemini Award for Best Achievement in Casting. For three years Marsha was Casting Director-in-Residence at the Canadian Film Centre. She teaches workshops and is called upon frequently to give seminars to actors as well as producers, directors and writers. Her book is a nationwide best seller. Third Floor Salon, TheatreBooks, 11 St. Thomas St., Toronto.

Stages: Creative Ideas for Teaching Creative Drama
Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7
Stages: Creative Ideas for Teaching Creative Drama

by Talia Pura (
Talia Pura, a successful classroom teacher in the Manitoba public school system for several years, currently teaches drama at the University of Winnipeg. She is recognized as a highly effective organizer of drama workshops for teachers, actors and community groups. Stages is suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. The ideas found in her book can be adapted for young children, teenagers as well as experienced actors. Talia will focus her talk on classroom teachers with & without a drama background. Third floor salon, TheatreBooks, 11 St. Thomas St., Toronto.

Playwrights Canada Press Fall Launch PartyPlaywright Canada Press Fall Launch Party
Hosted by Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole of NOW Magazine
Monday, November 2, Doors at 7 pm.
at The Rivoli, 334 Queen Street West, Toronto
Reading from newly published plays
- Natascha Girgis, Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic
- Stephen Massicotte
- Daniel David Moses
- Sunil Kuruvilla
- Don Hannah
- David Ferry
Books on sale through TheatreBooks. Admission and food are free.

Innocence Lost, Bitter Girl, Courting Johanna, And Up They Flew, Chapel Arm

Scirocco Drama presents a book launch and an evening of readings
with special hosts Sue Miner and Mark Brownell
Monday, October 19 at 7:30 pm.
Heliconian Hall
, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto


  • Innocence Lost: A play about Steven Truscott - Beverley Cooper
  • Bittergirl - The Bittergirls (Annabel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence, Mary Francis Moore)
  • Courting Johanna - Marcia Johnson
  • And Up They Flew - Martha Ross
  • Chapel Arm - Step Taylor

The Intent to Live - Achieving Your True Potential As An ActorLarry Moss Workshop
July 22-25, 2009

Acclaimed acting coach Larry Moss, author of The Intent to Live, is returning to Toronto to teach a 4 day intensive workshop. For more information, please contact Jennifer at or visit

The Intent to Live
Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Larry Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions and imagination on fire, resulting in performances that are powerful, authentic, and career changing. Softcover, 358 pp. $21.00.

Leaving Home, Of The Fields Lately and Salt Water Moon: Three Mercer PlaysAlbert Schultz In Conversation with playwright David French

Sunday, June 28, 3 pm.
TheatreBooks Third Floor Salon (not wheelchair accessible)
To mark the publication, for the first time in one volume, of Leaving Home, Of The Fields Lately and Salt Water Moon: Three Mercer Plays and the Soulpepper production of Of The Fields Lately, please join us for an intimate conversation between one of Canada's most gifted playwrights, David French and the visionary Soulpepper Artistic Director, Albert Schultz, as they discuss the background sources of David's timeless dramas about the Mercer family
Attend the event and you'll have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Soulpepper production. No purchase necessary. The Mercer Plays now available in softcover, $24.95.
No admission, but reservations required. Space very limited. To reserve, phone TheatreBooks (416) 922-7175 M-F 10-7; Sa 10-6; Su 12-5 OR e-mail action@theatrebooks - please indicate Mercer Plays in subject line.

In Spite Of Myself: A Memoi In Spite of Myself: A Memoir
An Evening with Christopher Plummer
In Conversation with Gordon Pinsent

Monday May 11 at 7:30 pm.
MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building

80 Queen's Park ( Behind the Planetarium)
Advance tickets now available at TheatreBooks $35.00 ( Visa / Mastercard ) Phone (416) 922-7175 or at TheatreBooks, 11 St. Thomas St.
Door tickets $40.00 (Cash only / day of event)
Reception to follow. Mr. Plummer will sign copies of his book. Books available now, $37.00 + GST. Presented by Sheila Hawks & Wendy Steepe in association with Knopf Canada. Download the poster / Download the ticket application form.

Dance CompositionBook Launch
Meet author Janice Pomer (Perpetual Motion ) who will talk about her newest book, Dance Composition - An Interrelated Arts Approach with music CD.
Sunday, February 15, 2 to 4 pm.
TheatreBooks, Third Floor
Dance Composition will help students and teachers in secondary school and college programs create artistic work that inspires and empowers both performers and viewers.
The book and accompanying CD feature 28 improvisational exercises that provide persepctive on the shared characteristics among the arts leading to inspiration and motivation for dance making from a multi-disciplinary perspective.The book is divided into three section: Dance and the Visual Arts; Dance and Music; Dance and the Dramatic and Literary Arts with culminating exercises ending each section.
Totally user friendly, the book also offers a General Arts Glossary, a Music Glossary and a Music Finder. The accompanying CD contains original compositions that enrich the dance exercises and movement exploration.

A Special Presentation
Mad About the Boy: A Taste of Coward

Shaw on the RoadSunday, January 11 at 2 pm. at TheatreBooks
With ensemble members Patty Jamieson and Thom Marriott or Fiona Byrne and Graeme Somerville
The Shaw brings you this special presentation of Mad About the Boy, a compilation of works by Noël Coward. Mad About the Boy consists of songs, a revue sketch from London Calling, a scene from Private Lives and two scenes from Tonight at 8:30: the first from Still Life, well-known as the movie Brief Encounter, and the second from Ways and Means. Admission is free. Download the PDF.

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