Final Day

It’s hard to believe this day has come. Today we officially close the TWB doors.

We’re here until 7:00 p.m. and hope you can stop by for a visit.

We leave you with one of our Latin American sister’s quotes, “I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated – can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” Isabel Allende

Thank you TWB for all that you represent. It’s been an honour!

w / ♥
Edan & Victoria

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TWB CLOSING PARTY

Date: Saturday, November 24th., 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of remembrance & celebration of the joys and challenges of the TWB’s 39 years!

Guest speakers:
Anjula Gogia, host/former TWB Manager
Patti Kirk & Marie Prins, founders of the TWB in 1973
Susan Cole, Now Magazine
Susan Swan
Mona Oikawa
Carla Ribeiro
Rinaldo Walcott
Sheryl Nestel
Shlomit Segal
Hanadi Kaisi-Loubani
Monique Mojica

Live performance by Las Zorras
DJ: Poca Sangre

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End of an Era – Important Message to the TWB Community

An Important Message to the Many Valued Customers, Supporters, and Friends of The Toronto Women’s Bookstore:

It is with a mix of sadness and resignation that I inform you all that The Toronto Women’s Bookstore (TWB) will be closing on Friday, November 30th., 2012. Over the course of its illustrious 39 year history, the TWB has meant many things to many people. It was already steeped in those memories for me, when, two and a half years ago, I decided to try my hand at reviving and re-branding the TWB as the vibrant and viable centre for social justice and women’s issues that has defined its core values for almost four decades. For me and for many like me, it was always a safe, open and welcoming space where ideas were paramount, and where a community was given a voice. I’d like to think that in my relatively brief tenure as owner, I stayed true to the principles that defined this internationally renowned institution over the course of its history.

The fact is book markets have changed radically in the past few years. Ebooks, fierce online competition and a stagnant economy have all contributed to our business model becoming no longer sustainable. I’m closing the bookstore with the bittersweet knowledge that I did my best. I gave everything I had; physically, emotionally, and financially. I’ve learned a great deal about every aspect of the business and I have no regrets.

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all friends, past and present, to a two day celebration of the TWB, wherein we will honour the legacy of this Toronto landmark. Details of this celebration will be made available as plans coalesce.

Thanks in advance to you all for your support and please spread the word to your friends and colleagues. It’s been a true pleasure working with the community these past few years and I hope to continue to enjoy the fruits of our acquaintance in all of my future endeavors.

Sincerely,
Victoria Moreno

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Celebrating the Toronto Women’s Bookstore – hosted by Tanis MacDonald

Date: Tuesday, October 30th., 2012
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Hosted by: Tanis MacDonald

Come and celebrate nearly four decades of book launches, discoveries and passionate debates on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. There will be readings by many writers and a chance to speak about feminism and the store’s history, while we buy books to assist in the practical work of closing the store.

So far, confirmed readers include: Judy Rebick, Michele Landsberg, Maureen Hynes, Ronna Bloom, Pamela Sinha, Sonja Greckol, Susan Glickman, Farzana Doctor, Dilys Leman, Sheniz Janmohamed, Sue Chenette, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Ann Carson, Tanis MacDonald, Elizabeth Ruth, Trish Salah, Anique Jordan, Sue McLeod, Elizabeth Pickett, Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, Sheila Stewart. With more to come! Please join us.

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Feminist Bookstore Tour – In Support of the TWB

Date: Friday, October 19th., 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 (includes a beverage)

Hitting the road this fall, singer-songwriter Amy Andrews is performing shows at feminist bookstores in 2 countries, and 9 states. The purpose of these concerts is to raise funds and awareness for the continent’s few remaining feminist bookstores and community centres which are struggling to survive.

100% of the money made on admission to this show will directly benefit and support the TWB’s closing costs.

For more information on Amy Andrews, and to support her lovely cause, please visit her website at http://www.AmyAndrewsMusic.com/index.html.

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Book Launch & Performance: Riot Lung by Leah Horlick

Date: Tuesday, October 16th., 2012
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Riot Lung is a well-balanced introduction to a new voice. Horlick’s poems vibrate with spontaneity and yet retain an intimacy that is emotionally intoxicating. Whether reflecting on her coming of age moments within her family, or measuring the impact of both the rural and urban prairie landscapes on her life, she never strays far from how her identity as a queer writer has been shaped.

Leah Horlick is a writer, poet, and spoken word artist from Saskatoon. Her best work has earned her a Short Grain Award (2008), a place among the top 15 poets in the Canadian Independent Poetry Slam (2012), and named her a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry (2012). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in So To Speak, Canadian Dimension, GRAIN, Poetry is Dead, Plenitude, and On Nights Like This: An Anthology of Comics by Survivors. Horlick currently lives in Vancouver, where she works as the Poetry Editor for PRISM international. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUsv3bQD2sk

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Expressive Art Workshop for Women

Date: Every Monday starting October 15th., 2012
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Duration: 8 weeks
Price: $220.00 (all materials are included)
Advanced registration required, please call the TWB at 416-922-8744.
This workshop is open for self-identified women of all interests who are curious about art and self-exploration.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein

Expressive Art is a spontaneous engagement with our imagination and the power of creativity. It integrates different artistic media to aid in a process of self-exploration and healing, where participants have the opportunity to examine their emotions, thought processes and expressive qualities.

During this 8 week workshop, we will work with visual arts, writing and movement in a playful and safe environment, creating the conditions for growth, embracing new challenges, enabling ourselves to move beyond our comfort zone and imagining new possibilities of engaging with the world.

The workshop will be offered at the Toronto Women’s Book Store, an inviting and cozy environment, committed to promoting community-building, anti-oppression and feminist ideas.

The workshop will be facilitated by Ximena Moreno, a visual artist and expressive arts therapist with experience in working in the social and mental health sectors.

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Book Launch – Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches

Date: Monday, October 15th., 2012
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This book pioneers radical new directions in human-environmental relationships. With 22 international contributors; over half of whom are either women, indigenous or from traditional cultures, this volume explores the power of indigenous and traditional peoples’ worldviews to critique and complement the approach of western style science. Organized into three sections – Head, Heart and Hand – this volume is a valuable resource for the scholar, student and practitioner.

Dr Lewis Williams, lead editor and contributor, is the Founding Director of K.I.N. (Koru International Network) HYPERLINK “http://www.kinincommon.com” kinincommon.com an emerging community of practice whose aim is to address ecological issues through the re-vitalization of indigenous worldviews in all cultures. Continue reading

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Trova Urbana – Day of Indigenous Resistance

Date: Friday, October 12th., 2011
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Admission: PWYC (suggested $5)

We invite you to celebrate Indigenous Resistance with Fito Molina, Latin American singer and composer http://fitomolina.com/

Fito Molina is a well known Latin American singer and composer in Toronto. The “people’s artist”, as his friends call him, is known for his commitment to social justice and participation in multiple community and solidarity events.

Fito’s poetic and musical tradition has been linked to la Nueva Cancion movement. Fito’s most recent project is a CD titled “Pan y Luna” which he recorded with Macayo band in Toronto. Fito has had the privilege to sing alongside popular musicians such as Los Guaraguao, Amanda Martines, Luis Mejía Godoy and he has had great teachers
such as Adrián Goizueta.

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Movie Screening – Freedom For Birth

Screening Date: Tuesday, October 9th., 2012
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: PWYC (suggested $5)

In the US, Australia and other countries around the world, many midwives have been arrested and charged. Many leading experts claim there’s an international witch-hunt against midwives. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to injustice and denial of women’s human and civil rights. As birth increasingly becomes seen as a “medical event”, so women have frequently been denied the right to decide the circumstances and location of where and how they give birth.

Now it’s time women took back those rights.

Our hope is that through watching this film, millions of women are empowered with the knowledge of precisely what they need to do to take back those rights, to take back childbirth.There is a promise of hope. This film will reveal something huge that could be the catalyst to revolutionise maternity systems worldwide but no-one knows about it….yet.

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