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March 11, 2016

Grok Spock II

Celebrate the life of Leonard Nimoy while raising money for the Lung Association. And, mostly likely, laughing yourself silly.
March 11th and 12th at the Tranzac Club. Tickets are $15 for one night, or $20 for both.

Grok Spock II

Start: March 11, 2016 8:00 pm
End: March 12, 2016 11:00 pm
Venue: Anzac Club

March 9, 2016

Power Outage Wednesday, The Return

Remember how we were closed last Wednesday for a planned power outage? Turns out there’s still more electrical work to do. So we’ll be closed this coming Wednesday, March 9th, so the contractors can finish it.

This time, it’ll be done, for sure.*


*e.g. probably

Start: March 9, 2016
End: March 9, 2016

March 2, 2016


Remember: we’ll be closed tomorrow, Wednesday March 2nd, for a necessary power outage.

Sorry about that, but don’t worry, we’ll be open as usual on Thursday March 3rd.

Start: March 2, 2016
End: March 2, 2016

March 1, 2016

Quantum Night

Robert J. Sawyer has a brand new book!

Please join us on Tuesday March 1st to celebrate the launch of Quantum Night. Come on out to the Lansdowne Brewery Pub, 303 Lansdowne, at Dundas West, from 6-8pm.

Can’t make the event? Let us know and we’ll get a copy signed for you.

Start: March 1, 2016 6:00 pm
End: March 1, 2016 8:00 pm
Venue: Lansdowne Brewery Pub
303 Lansdowne Ave., Canada

February 18, 2016

Meet & Greet With Pierce Brown

NYT bestseller Pierce Brown will drop by the store tomorrow afternoon (Thurs. Feb. 18th), and you’re invited! Come meet the author, talk about cool books, and generally just hang out.

We’ll put the cookies out at 4pm: hope you can join us.

Start: February 18, 2016 4:00 pm
End: February 18, 2016 5:30 pm

December 5, 2015

Save The Date!

This coming Saturday, December 5th, is our Mostly-Annual Christmas Party!*

We’ve got a lot lined up for you guys. All day long we’ll have sales, treats, gift-wrapping, raffle prizes, and more! And at 3pm, we’ll have a special guest: A.M. Dellamonica, who will launch her new book A Daughter Of No Nation.

C’mon on out and join the fun!

*we don’t hold one every single year. Most years, but not all of ‘em.


Start: December 5, 2015
End: December 5, 2015

November 28, 2015

Double The Fun

Tomorrow, Saturday November 28th, we have TWO wonderful authors on tap for you.

Join Julie E. Czerneda and Karina Sumner-Smith here at 3pm, and help us launch both This Gulf Of Time And Stars (Julie) and Towers Fall (Karina) in style! Like, with tasty snacks and funny conversations and stuff.

If you can’t make the event, but would like signed copy of either book (or both!), just let us know. Otherwise, we’ll see you tomorrow.

Start: November 28, 2015 3:00 pm
End: November 28, 2015 6:00 pm

November 17, 2015

The Week Of All The Things

This week is just PACKED with awesome SFF-related events. Check ‘em out, so you can properly fill up your dance cards.

Tues. Nov 17th: The truly fabulous launch party for Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. 7:30 pm at Pravda Vodka House (44 Wellington St. East). Bond style costumes welcome!

Wed. Nov. 18th: ChiSeries presents Megan CreweD.J. McIntoshDaniel Scott Tysdal, and Robert J. Wiersema. 8pm at the Round (152A Augusta). Music by Kari Maaren.

Thurs. Nov.19th: Meet authors Saladin Ahmed and Peter Watts, live and in person. Presented by SFContario and the Friends of the Merril. 7pm at the Merril Collection (239 College).

Fri Nov 20-Sun Nov 22: SFContario 6/ Canvention 35. All weekend long, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel (300 Jarvis).

Sat. Nov. 21st: Launch of Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron, the third book in his richly detailed Traitor Son Cycle. Nobody does battle (or battle research) quite like Cameron. Join us at the store at 3pm.


Start: November 17, 2015
End: November 22, 2015

November 4, 2015

Too Far Gone

On Wednesday November 4th, Bakka Phoenix will celebrate the launch of Chadwick Ginther‘s Too Far Gone, the final book in his ‘Thunder Road’ trilogy.

…In which Ted Callan has three days to unearth the Bright Sword, defeat the fire giant, and save the world. And, um, attend a wedding. But hey, no pressure.

Join us at the store at 6:30. We’ll have snacks and talk about the magical inhabitants of Manitoba!

Start: November 4, 2015 6:30 pm
End: November 4, 2015 8:30 pm

October 24, 2015

Diversity in SF/F: A Panel Discussion

Join The Friends of the Merril on Saturday, October 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 for a roundtable discussion, Seeing Our Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The event is sponsored by the Toronto Public Library.

The discussion will be moderated by academic & artist Derek Newman-Stille. The panelists will be Dr. Kathryn Allan, Editor of Disability in Science Fiction and Co-Editor of Accessing the Future;  Kelly Robson, Author of “Two-Year Man”, “Waters of Versailles”, and “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill”; and Léonicka, creator of

The event will be held in the reading room of the Merril Collection, 3rd floor of the Lillian H. Smith Library at 239 College Street. The library is wheelchair accessible and can be approached, entered, and used by persons with physical and/or sensory disabilities.

The event is free and all are welcome!

Start: October 24, 2015 2:00 pm
End: October 24, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Merril Collection
239 College St., 3rd floor, Toronto, ON, Canada