Leslie Shimotakahara

Draft Reading Series -- May 26th, 2019, at St. Matthew's Clubhouse (450 Broadview Ave in Toronto), 3 pm. I will be reading from a new literary work in progress.

BOOK LAUNCH for After the Bloom at the Japan Foundation, on May 18, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm. Reading and book signing. Wine and refreshments will be served. The Japan Foundation is located at 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300 (3rd floor of the Hudson's Bay Centre) in Toronto. 

gritLIT -- April 6-9, 2017, Hamilton, ON. Reading from After the Bloom​ at 8:00 pm on April 6. Participating in panel discussion on "Identity and Self-Identity" at 8:00 pm on April 7. 

Guernica's Fall Flash Fiction Reading Series, September 2020. After reading a new piece of flash fiction, I'll be interviewed on Zoom by Michael Mirolla about my writing practice. A video of our conversation can be viewed here.

LiterASIAN Festival -- September 22-24, 2017, Vancouver, BC.

Diaspora Dialogues' Interview with Leslie Shimotakahara & Rebecca Fisseha, as part of the TOK Toronto Symposium, on September 21st, 2019, 12:30-1:30 pm, at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). Panel will be moderated by journalist Aparita Bhandari. For more information, click here.

Panel Discussion on Japanese-Canadian Literature -- January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm at St. David's Anglican Church in Toronto. 

Remembering Redress Celebration and Dinner, with keynote address by Ed Broadbent, on October 5th, 2019, 5:30 to 9 pm, at Church of the Holy Trinity (19 Trinity Square, Toronto) -- Leslie will be at the book table, with other Japanese-Canadian authors, to sign books. For more information about this event, click here.

​Upcoming Events

​Past Events

Mississauga Library Book Club Author Visit -- September 6, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm. Lakeview Library, 1110 Atwater Avenue, Mississauga.

American Booksellers Association Winter Institute -- January 29-30, 2017. Minneapolis, MN. Book signing at Authors Reception.

RBC Pongapalooza in Support of First Book Canada -- May 16, 2017 at 6:30 at Spin Toronto. I will be participating as a table host at this literacy fundraising event. 

Ontario Library Association Super Conference -- Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Book signing for my new novel After the Bloom, February 2nd, 2017.

Guest author at The Word On The Street's Amazon.ca Bestsellers Stage, on September 22nd, 2019, 11:00-11:45 am, at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). Leslie will be interviewed about Red Oblivion by the hosts of semi-prose Podcast. For more information, click here.

Guest Author at "From Pen to Published Mini Series: Mentor Lunch and Learn" on July 13, 2019, 12 to 2 pm, at Milestones Dundas Square in Toronto. For more information and to register, click here.

Toronto Public Library's Asian Heritage Month Author Series -- Reading from After the Bloom at Pape/Danforth branch on May 10th, 2017 from 7-8 pm, and at S. Walter Stewart branch on May 24th from 7-8 pm.

Reading with Steve Burrows and Brenda Chapman -- April 15, 2017, 3-5 pm, at Sleuth of Baker Street Bookstore in Toronto. I will be reading from After the Bloom with these two other novelists. 

Time Travel in Narrative panel at Word Vancouver on September 25th, 2020, 7-8 pm. I will be discussing Red Oblivion on this Zoom panel with fellow authors Kawika Guillermo and Jack Wang; the panel will be moderated by Anna Ling Kaye. For more information, click here. A video of the panel can be viewed here.

BOOK LAUNCH for Red Oblivion on September 25, 2019, 6 to 8 pm, at Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto). Author reading at 6:30, followed by a book signing. Refreshments will be served. This event is part of Toronto Lit Up. For more information, click here.