Upcoming Events

I will be reading from The Reading List at the following locations:

Past Readings

February 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm at The Japan Foundation (131 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON)

May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm at George F. Locke Library (3083 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON)

May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm at College/Shaw Library (766 College Street, Toronto, ON)

May 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Plasticine Poetry Series (Pauper's Pub, 539 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON)

May 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON)

June 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Niagara Literary Arts Festival (Niagara on the Lake Public Library, 10 Anderson Lane, Niagara on the Lake, ON)

September 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Brockton Writers' Series (Full of Beans Coffee House, 1348 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON)

Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 7:30 pm at LitLive (Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William Street, Hamilton, ON)


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Toronto, ON, Canada
Leslie Shimotakahara is a writer and recovering academic, who wanted to be simply a writer from before the time she could read. Hard-pressed to answer her parents’ question of how she would support herself as a writer, Leslie got drawn into the labyrinthine study of literature, completing her B.A. in Honours English from McGill in 2000, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern American Literature from Brown in 2006. After graduation, she taught English at St. Francis Xavier University for two years. Leslie woke up one morning and realized that she’d had enough of the Ivory Tower. The fact that she wasn’t doing what she wanted to do with her life loomed over her, and the realization was startling. It was time to stop studying and passively observing life and do something real instead. She needed to discover herself and tell her own story. This blog and the book she has written under the same title (Variety Crossing Press, spring 2012) are her foray. Leslie's writing has been published in WRITE, TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and GENRE.