Book Ride #VIADUCT100

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Bloor Street West

Toronto, ON


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We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Prince Edward Viaduct by bridging our city west to east with books and bicycles for all to hear.

Taking inspiration from IN THE SKIN OF A LION by Michael Ondaatje.

“And the cyclist too on his flight claimed the bridge in that blurred movement, alone and illegal. Thunderous applause greeted him at the far end …”

Discover a new author! Newcomer stories in fiction, memoir & graphic novel as you ride along this necessary cycling corridor.

12 - 12:45 pm Toronto Hustle is providing a free basic bicycle maintenance.

12:30 pm Panago Pizza is delivering free pizza!

That's Pedals & Pizza equaling PIZAZZ!!

Bike Share Toronto is delivering free bicycles at 12:30 to anyone who wants a set of wheels for the afternoon. People who take advantage of this special offer must have a helmet. You can return the bike to any dock at end of the day.

Volunteers (some seasoned & some new) will be on hand sporting our lovely limited edition Book Ride t-shirts gathering waivers, distributing cool vinyl stickers for bike fenders & a discount sheet for cool places to eat after the #BookRide, an Amnesty International Book Club bookmark and a blue-tiful wrist band. We will also have experienced and confident Ride Marshals on hand to get us safely through the city.

ASL/English Interpreters will cycle with us from 1-5pm providing communication accessibilty at the three reading locations.

BLOOR/BATHURST 1 to 1:45 pm. Siva Vijenthira will speak to the initiatives she has been involved in at CultureLink and Cycle Toronto, helping newcomers bridge the gap using the bicycle as a means of equity for all. Siva is also on the steering committee at the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, and works at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to promote inclusion across the country.

Bethlehem Terrefe Gebreyohannes’s memoir Fire Walkers was published by Mawenzi House in 2016. Beth was fourteen when she fled the communist revolution in her native Ethiopia.

Carrianne Leung will share her perspective of being a child of parents from Hong Kong, and speaking more broadly to the immigrant experience, which she wrote about in The Wondrous Woo (Ianna Publications) and her second acclaimed novel, That Time I Loved You (HarperCollins).

PRINCE EDWARD VIADUCT PARK 2:30 pm we'll be found beside the steel and concrete Prince Edward Viaduct. Did you know it was constructed in three parts: a bridge over Rosedale Ravine, an embankment along Bloor Street and a 1,620 foot bridge over the Don Valley linking Castle Frank with Danforth Avenue. It was completed after almost four years to an official ceremony on October 18, 1918.

Amanda O’Rourke, Director of Strategic Planning at 8-80 Cities, has been instrumental in the organization’s development and has worked on numerous local and international projects.

Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett will share their stories of emerging bike cultures from around the world as gathered in their new book Building the Cycling City.

Ramón K. Pérez, CEO, artist & writer and RAID will be writing and drawing an exclusive, original broadsheet for this Book Ride. He and other graphic novelists from The Royal Academy of Illustration & Design (RAID), an award-winning multi-media creative collective and artist’s society established in 2002, will join us!

EAST LYNN PARK 4 pm Dr. Marvin Macraig is the Scarborough Cycles Bike Hub Coordinator, a joint initiative between Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. He works to increase cycling knowledge in Scarborough by building institutional/community capacity and addressing barriers.

Jay Pitter will speak from her perspective as an author, placemaker, and public engagement professional who has, throughout her career, spearheaded noteworthy projects with organizations such as the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Community Housing, The Health and Safety Task Force, the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and DIALOG, a national architecture firm. She is currently working on her second book, Where We Live (McClelland & Stewart).

Journalist, speaker, volunteer and memoirist, Fabiana Bacchini will share her emotionally turbulent story, From Surviving to Thriving, of emigrating from Brazil to marry her Greek boyfriend in Canada and then learning a new language within the corridors of the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Kids! Let's decorate your bicycle with Danforth East Community Association and Toronto Hustle in East Lynn Park. From 4-5 pm they'll provide fun upcycled materials for you to transform your bicycle.

5 pm Storytelling Toronto's Sarah Abušarar whose favourite stories are ones that promote beauty and social change. Sarah mostly tells stories from her two cultures, Palestine and Croatia.

To finish the day, Wilson & The Cast Aways led by story-telling singer/songwriter Andrew Wilson will energize you with stories and melodies that are sure to catch your heart and set your soul vibrating.

Pedal away with a coupon sheet with discounts to local eateries along the Danforth.

All for FREE on Sunday August 26th !!!!

Please share on social media using #BookRide #Viaduct100


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Ride your bicycle so you can be a part of a 'book club on wheels' experience.

Bring your bicycle for some basic bicycle maintenance courtesy of Toronto Hustle from 12-12:45 at our first location! Toronto Hustle believes in cycling and the power of people to bring about positive change. We do too!

Bike Share Toronto is providing a free bicycle at our first location in case you need it but note this offer requires you wear a helmet.

The TTC Line 2 Bathurst, Castle Frank & Woodbine are a short walk to our reading locations.

What can I bring into the event?

It's an outdoor active event so dress according to the weather - we will Book Ride rain or shine!

Bring a picnic blanket to sit on, water & snacks OR stop along the way for some refreshments.

Shop local before the Book Ride at one of our Bookstore Partners: A Different Booklist (Bathurst & Bloor) will be open 12-2 pm on AUG 26, Page & Panel (Yonge & Bloor) or Book City (Danforth) open till 5pm. Bring your book(s) on the ride to get it signed by the author!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at or tweet @thereadingline

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. BUT please bring your signed WAIVER to the event & we'll give you a Book Ride sticker, Danforth cafe discount sheet, Amnesty International Book Club bookmark & you'll have a chance to win a tuneup & helmet from Cyclepath, a copy of Michael Ondaatje's Warlight in print & audiobook format!

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