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Hooray! The Pivot Reading Series Turns One

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Hooray! The Pivot Reading Series Turns One

by Nathaniel G. Moore

Last summer when the prominent literary reading series the IV Lounge lost its home due to venue closure, there was a bit of a panic amongst the Toronto Literati. Alex Boyd, the series organizer decided to step down from his duties and the future of the series itself was in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

It was devastating to potentially lose such a key reading series; one that brought local and out-of-town readers together in frequent fashion. It was especially sad considering the series had just celebrated a decade of great service to the writing community.

Panacea arrived in the form of Carey Toane, who started the now much beloved Pivot Reading Series.

Spring forward a year and not only does the spirit of the I.V. Lounge still exist through Pivot, but on October 7th, the series celebrated a year in business so to speak, boasting 70 readers over the last 51 weeks, and providing Toronto with a key literary destination every other week.

Toane says she was pleased with the night's turn out, which was a packed house with top-notch readers (Ken Babstock closed the show) and much deserved literary merriment. "The anniversary was a real party, which is the way it should be. It was a full house, and a lot of the audience members were former series readers, which I take as a great compliment to the quality of the series. The readers - Spencer Gordon, Meaghan Strimas, Emily Schultz and Ken Babstock - all brought their own kind of awesome: Spencer treated the crowd to a bad Texas accent and a Miley Cyrus tribute, Meaghan took us home to a shotgun wedding, Emily read from her novel Heaven is Small, which will likely be coming to a theatre near you quite soon, and Ken fell into a claptrap on his way home from Brno."

As for entering a new season with the series, Toane says she would like to do more collaborations, such as the Taddle Creek night in August. "Any opportunity to mix it up a bit. I'd also like to have more out-of-town readers, although because we try to keep an element of spontaneity in our scheduling that's not always easy to arrange."

If you've never been to Pivot before, you'll have plenty of chances this year to see live literature every other week in the heart of the city. To keep up to date with all Pivot's activities, visit them online at

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