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Reading of Joe Fiorito’s Rust is a Form of Fire on May 27th at Another Story Bookshop

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Join us for the reading of Joe Fiorito’s Rust is a Form of Fire on May 27th, 7:00 PM at Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto ON).Fiorito’s Rust is a Form of Fire is a complex book, and one that is very important for the city of Toronto. It was composed from 18 hours of observations that Fiorito made over the course of three days spent downtown on the corner of Victoria and Queen. There, he watched the rhythms of the city ebb and flow according to the time of day. Rust is a Form of Fire makes use of the declarative sentence, as the best brush to paint an objective portrait of the city we live in. It is an example of what happens when you stay put and observe a single place or thing for a very long time. Rust is a Form of Fire is hard book to pigeonhole, but as Fiorito states in the introduction, “if you need to give what I have done a name, you may call it poetry, or you may call it this: non-narrative non-fiction.”

Of Rust is a Form of Fire, Francine Prose has said, “who would have imagined that such a large, complex city could be so neatly contained – and so eloquently celebrated – in so few words? Joe Fiorito’s marvelous Rust is a Form of Fire does just that for Toronto – and for cities everywhere.” Similarly, Barry Callahan has said “here is the city, writ small, looming big, in the amber of acute observation.”

Joe Fiorito writes for the Toronto Star newspaper. He won Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Columns in 1995. He is also the author of five books, including a best-selling memoir, The Closer We Are to Dying. His novel, The Song Beneath The Ice, won the City of Toronto Book Award in 2003. He is also the writer of Union Station, an appreciation of Toronto that is based in part on the city column he writes three times a week in Canada’s largest circulation daily newspaper. Goran Simić has called Fiorito “the mayor of the unknown Toronto, the man who goes into corners of the city that we never acknowledge and pretend not to see.”

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