Pass by Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park on any sunny summer day and you’re likely to spy dozens, if not hundreds, of people lazing in the grass, alone or in groups, with their noses buried in books. On June 22, the Luminato Festival indulges this pastime on a grand scale by assembling more than 60 writers—and thousands of local book lovers—for A Literary Picnic. Featuring public readings as well as more intimate one-on-one author encounters, this Woodstock for bibliophiles takes as its inspiration the notion of “beginnings,” though the event’s freewheeling nature is sure to foster all manner of bookish conversation.
Choosing the Picnic’s numerous participants was the job of Michael Redhill, acclaimed Toronto-based novelist, poet, playwright, publisher (of literary journal Brick), and Curator of Literature for Luminato. He recently indulged a few queries from Where Toronto: