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“What has annually become our most anticipated, biggest event of the season… and for good reason.” – Kirby




knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.

There will also be copies of AMY LeBLANC‘s recently released Ladybird, Ladybird, and JOHN BARTON‘s new manifesto, Visible But Not Seen: Queer Expression in the Age of Equity.

ANDREW BROOKS is a freelance writer and editor who lives in the same Toronto as JM Francheteau. One Country After is his first book. Other than that, his poetry CV consists of a few magazine appearances in the early 80s; he returned to poetry about six years ago after spending a few decades thinking about it.
JM FRANCHETEAU lives in the Toronto that’s in Canada. He co-organizes the Toronto Zine Off and One-Off Reading events, and took his poetry on tour in 2015 with Worst Case Ontario and 2018 with GO Big Then GO Home. This is his third chapbook.
DAVID GROULX was raised in the Northern Ontario mining community of Elliot Lake. He is proud of his Native roots—his mother is Ojibwe and his father French Canadian. David studied creative writing at the En’owkin Centre, Penticton, BC, where he won the Simon J. Lucas Jr. Memorial Award for poetry. His latest book, The Wabigoon River Poems was nominated for the Archibald Lampman award in 2016. David’s poetry has appeared in over a hundred periodicals in England, Australia, Germany, Austria, and the USA. He lives in a log home near Ottawa.
EMILY OSBOURNE Osborne is the winner of The Malahat Review’s 2018 Far Horizon Award for Poetry. Her poetry has been published in CV2, The Literary Review of Canada, The Antigonish Review, Canthius, Minola Review, and elsewhere. She earned a PhD in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature from the University of Cambridge, and her full-length book of Norse poetry translations, Quarrel of Arrows, is forthcoming from Junction Books. Emily serves as a poetry editor for Pulp Literature. She lives with her husband Daniel Cowper on Bowen Island, BC.

Book Donations WELCOME

FROM BOX TO SHELF. We are so grateful to our poets and readers who support the shop in numerous ways, including donating new, rare, and gently used poetry books. You may not know this, but KFB started with Kirby’s own private collection of 40 years along with a significant donation of chapbooks from poet HOA NGUYEN. Dear friend of the shop, SACHIKO MURAKAMI, dropped off two boxes of beauties this week, as well as book donations from LYNN McCLORY, LAURA K McRAE, and other anonymous donors (our beloved publishers have been incredibly generous as well). We also receive financial donations specifically earmarked to purchase books for the shop.

All this to say “thank you,” and if you require any assistance weeding your collection or getting the books here, drop us a line. knife | fork | book

Her life in poetry

“Welcome to Toronto”

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#BLOGGED: The ONLY all-poetry bookshop in Canada!! Toronto is so soo lucky. They have readings, workshops, classes etc and the community seems so lovely! @knifeforkbook did a better job at convincing me to be a Toronto girl than my cab driver ever could. 🖊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meeting @itsakirby also felt so natural. My energy just seemed to familiarise with his. I love this man, his straight-forward poetry, how his book cover is pink and how encouraging and heartwarming he was to be around. I ended up staying longer than I thought I would and asked him a bunch of questions, like my nosy butt always does. 📜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While going through the books on the shelf, I imagined having one of mine up there. I wondered what would be its title though I was pretty sure the cover is going to be beige, and the font will be serif. For a moment I considered going through my old journals and compiling my poems about boys and teenage angst. Haha! 🤓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The virgo in me will tremble at these words but hey, not planning my travels isnt a bad thing after all. 💛 – #twozerointoronto {link in bio babes✨}

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This loveliness. Thanks for your visit, Nicole! Welcome always.  knife | fork | book

“Is it pretty?”


This beauty launches in grand good company with the Fall 2018 chapbooks from Karen Schindler’s BASELINE PRESS to celebrate KFB’s 2nd Anniversary, Friday.

Special thanks to Michael Gemar for their crisp, clean design, John DeJesus our Master Printer at Coach House for their invaluable guidance and execution, and to Kate for this stunning piece of work.

LAUNCH NIGHT ONLY: PURCHASE KATE SUTHERLAND’S BEASTS OF THE SEA $15 and #KFBecomeAMember for an additional $5 (save $5). $20 for both.