Thursday, April 27

Never Apart Legends Series: Sky Gilbert (Blue Metropolis)
Never Apart (7049 St. Urbain), 7 PM (doors at 6:30 PM)

A one-on-one interview with writer, director, teacher and drag queen Sky Gilbert. The author of nearly 40 produced plays, six critically acclaimed novels and three award-winning poetry collections, Gilbert is also the co-founder and former artistic director of Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. His most recent book is Sad Old Faggot (ECW Press 2016), a work of autobiographical fiction. This event is a collaboration with Never Apart, a non-profit organization in the Mile End determined to bring about social change through cultural programming. Hosted by John Custodio. Admission: $5


Friday, April 28

The Violet Hour (Blue Metropolis)
Stock Bar (1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine East), 7 PM (doors at 6:30 PM)

An evening of short readings by queer writers appearing at this year’s festival. Be warned: this event takes place in the off-hours of a strip club in Montreal’s gay village. Featuring readings by Ivan Coyote, Peter Dubé, Sky Gilbert, Harry Giles, Catherine Hernandez, and Kai Cheng Thom. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo. 18 and over. Admission: Free


Saturday, April 29

The Past Inside the Present: Queer Writers Contemplate the Future (Blue Metropolis)
Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke West), Salle Godin, 10 AM

Three LGBTQ writers reflect on the role that the past plays in their work, looking at our origin stories through the prism of the present and addressing the concerns of an uncertain future. With Nick Comilla, Ivan Coyote and Ann-Marie MacDonald. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo. Admission: $10


Dimanche 30 avril

Dis-moi de quoi tu as peur, et je te dirai qui tu lis ! Une discussion sur les enjeux LGBTQ dans la littérature (Blue Metropolis)
Hotel 10 (10, rue Sherbrooke Ouest), Salle Godin, 13 h

La peur, mère de toutes les émotions. Elle motive ou elle paralyse. Elle s’exprime selon les cultures et les époques, mais elle demeure universelle et intemporelle. Une discussion entre quatre auteurs de la communauté LGBTQ qui aborde ce thème vu par des générations et des communautés différentes. Avec: Chantal Brunette, Samuel Champagne, Sophie Labelle et Luc Mercure. Animateur : Denis-Martin Chabot. Admission : $10


Friday, March 14, 2014

mRb Spring Issue Launch Party 

Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore (211 Bernard West), 7 PM

I’ll be reading from The Geography of Pluto at the launch of the spring issue of the mRb (Montreal Review of Books) alongside writers Elaine Kalman Naves and Ann Charney.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival: Becoming a Writer

Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke West), 7 PM

Airline bombings, broken hearts, moments of nurturing, on-the-road adventures, lesbian love in the midst of biker gangs, and the ways in which urbanites desperately seek attachment and connection. These writers show Canadian literature in all its variety, presenting and exploring our worlds: Christopher DiRaddo, Padma Viswanathan, Zoe Whittal, Alix Ohlin, Daniel Baylis


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival: Espresso Break 

Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke West), 8 PM

First-time novelist Christopher DiRaddo reads from and signs copies of his novel.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Geography of Pluto book launch 

Cabaret Mado (1115 Ste. Catherine E), 6 PM to 8 PM

This is it. Fourteen years in the making (or maybe it was 40). I’ve had great fun writing this book. All the late nights, staying up, listing to music, hanging out with Will, Angie, Max, James, and the Mother. But now it’s time for me to let them go. To let them go live in other people’s minds for a while. Please help me send them off into the world at a special celebration and book launch.

Copies will be available for purchase (and to be signed!). My friend Craig Therrien will also be creating video projections inspired by the book.


Saturday, June 14, 2014 

The Magical Evening with Canadian Authors  

(Outdoors at 4845 Westmount Avenue) 7 PM to 10 PM

I’ve been invited to read as part of the latest Magical Evening with Canadian Authors. Joining me will be authors Maya Merrick, Connie Guzzo-McParland, Claudio Gaudio, Su J. Sokol and Caroline Vu. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Wine, juice and finger food will be served throughout the evening, compliments of Deux Voiliers Publishing.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

This is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not ~ Nature Special 

Les Amis du Champ des Possibles (on a field tucked behind buildings on de Gaspé, accessible from Bernard or St. Viateur) 7 PM

Last week I met another Montreal writer whose book I just devoured. Guillaume Morissette is the author of New Tab. He is also of co-curator of the This Is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not reading series. I’ve been invited to read, outdoors, at their summer event. Joining me will be Bükem Reitmayer, Hiroki Tanaka, Alex Manley, Fariha Roisin, Dean Garlick and Sherry Huang. It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer), BYOA (Bring Your Own Animals) and BYOBLANKET (or chair).


Sunday, June 29, 2014

WORLD PRIDE: Pastiche – A Mix of Genre and Form 

Glad Day Bookshop (598a Yonge St, Toronto) 8 PM

Wind down your World Pride weekend with this mix of fiction, poetry, music and experiment. Joining me will be writers Trevor Campbell, Amanda Moscar, Camila Diaz-Varela, Lee Rowan. Free.


Thursday, August 15, 2014

Reading is Sexy 

Notre Dame des Quilles (32 Beaubien East), 7 PM

An evening of sexy and steamy readings in English by queer writers. Co-hosted by Daniel Baylis and featuring Peter Dubé, Daniel Allen Cox, Shelagh Plunkett and others. Free.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Live Nude Writers!! Barton, Dubé, Coulombe, DiRaddo 

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 7 PM

Poet John Barton will be rolling through town to promote his eleventh collection, Polari. I thought it would be a great opportunity to round up some local queer authors to join him on stage for a reading. Joining John and I will be the novelist, poet and art critic Peter Dubé, who will give an advance preview of his new book of short stories, Beginning with the Mirror, and writer and editor of Crooked Fagazine, Jordan Coulombe. We’ll be taking to the stage of one of Montreal’s infamous strip clubs, Stock Bar. Readings at 7 PM. Dancers at 9 PM.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

We’re here! We’re queer! We’re writing! Local LGBTQ literature 

Vanier College Auditorium (821 Ste-Croix, Rm. A-103), 4 PM

Montreal is a literary hotbed for writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or queer (LGBTTGQ). The diversity of writing in the LGBTTGQ community is well represented by the speakers on this panel—novelist Christopher DiRaddo (The Geography of Pluto), novelist and songwriter Rae Spoon (First Spring Grass Fire), and zine writer and publisher Eloisa Aquino (B&D Press; The Life and Times of Butch Dykes)—who will read from their work and discuss writing and publishing in this particular context. Part of Possible Worlds: A Symposium, organized by the Vanier College English Dept.


Friday, March 20, 2015

14th Annual Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists’ Conference

Théâtre St-James (265 rue St-Jacques), 11 AM

I’ll be one of several speakers taking part in YES Montreal’s annual conference that seeks to help artists develop their business skills. I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion with artists from different disciplines on building networks and relationships with the public.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rapid-Fire Readings, Ricochet Writing: 25 Montreal Authors Write Before Your Very Eyes

Atwater Library (1200 Atwater) 7 PM

I’m going to be one of 25 Montreal authors reading short snippets from our work and then contributing to a collectively-written text. Everything is supposed to be very immediate and fast-moving (which freaks me out, knowing how long it takes me to write a sentence). This is the closest thing to sports I am likely to take part in.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Authors for Indies Day

Paragraphe Bookstore (2220 McGill College Avenue) 10 AM to 2 PM

I’m a big fan of local bookstores, and so I signed up to take part in the first ever Authors for Indies Day in Canada. This event pairs local writers with local bookstores in their hometowns. I’ll be in Montreal, at Paragraphe, talking with patrons about some of my favourite books (which will be for sale at a discount).


Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Body is Yours launch

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E) 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Michael V. Smith launches his memoir, My Body Is Yours, with a night of hijinks and stunnery. I’ll be opening for him along with Montreal writers David McGimpsey and Alexis O’Hara. Expect a performance by Michael’s alter ego, Miss Cookie LaWhore.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Prose in the Park

Parkdale Park, Ottawa, 11 AM to 6 PM

Finally! I’ll be in Ottawa, reading and taking part in a panel discussion at the first Prose in the Park Open-Air Literary Festival and Book Fair. Many other authors will be in attendance. More info to come.


June to September, 2015

Colour by Icons

Never Apart, 7049 St. Urbain

“Frieda Kahlo.” Participation in a group art show at the new cultural centre.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Authors in Undies: Cox, Fox, Sinclair

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 7 PM

Three queer Canadian writers – Daniel Allen Cox, Matthew Fox and Andy Sinclair – take to the stage of Montreal’s Stock Bar on November 3 to read from their latest work in their underwear. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Diction: Readings by Gay Men

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 7 PM

Five Canadian writers take to the stage of Stock Bar – a strip club in Montreal’s gay village – to read from their latest work. Readers: H. Nigel Thomas, Robert Schwartzwald, Vincent Doyle, Brian O’Neill and Peulo Deir. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Authors for Indies Day

Paragraphe Bookstore (2220 McGill College Avenue) 12 PM to 4 PM

For a second consecutive year, Canadian authors will be in local bookstores to meet readers and talk books. Once again I’ll be at Paragraphe, ready to talk about some of my favourite books (which will be for sale at a discount).


Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Violet Hour 

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 7 PM

As evening descends upon Montreal’s gay village, eight queer Canadian writers and performers will gather for the latest in a series of public readings and performances of original work at Stock Bar – a strip club on Ste. Catherine Street East. On the roster: readings by Will Aitken, Shelagh Plunkett, Karen Molson, Melanie Mitzner, Bill Zaget and Carolyn Boll, with a special performance by Woodpigeon, a.k.a. Mark Andrew Hamilton. I’m hosting.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Diction: Authors in Undies 

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 6 PM

As part of this year’s gay pride celebrations in Montreal, seven English and French writers will reveal themselves on stage by reading from their most personal work in their underwear. Featuring readings by Simon Boulerice, Denis-Martin Chabot, Jordan Coulombe, Christopher DiRaddo, Matthew Fox, Alain Labonté and Chris Vaccaro. An ACCM fundraiser.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Kola Readings: September 

2741 Notre Dame West, 7 PM

Reading alongside Jerry Alexandre and Fred Anderson as part of H. Nigel Thomas’s reading series. Open mic also.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Violet Hour 

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 7 PM

The latest in a series of readings by queer writers, featuring: Michael Belcher, Margaret Christakos, Faizal Deen, Michael David Freel, Deborah Van Slet and Jennifer Warren. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Never Apart Legend Series: Felice Picano 

Never Apart (7047 St. Urbain), 7 PM

Felice Picano, one of the godfathers of modern gay literature, comes to Montreal for a one-on-one interview about his career and legacy. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Violet Hour 

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 7 PM

An evening of short readings and performances by queer writers. Featuring: Nick Comilla, Mark Ambrose Harris, Maggie Panko, VassyLyne Towers, Carly Rosalie Vandergriendt and Barry Webster, among others. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo. A fundraiser for Les Archives Gaies du Québec.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Violet Hour 

Stock Bar (1171 Ste. Catherine E.), 7 PM

An evening of short readings and performances by queer writers. Featuring: Jordan Arseneault (aka Peaches Lepage), Craig Barron, Johanne Cadorette, Daniel Allen Cox and Benoît Gorez. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo. A fundraiser for À deux mains / Head & Hands


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