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Word gets out in Roncesvalles Village

One strict rule applies to anybody wanting to read at the Free Speech literary salon.

One strict rule applies to anybody wanting to read at the Free Speech literary salon.

You must be a writer living in Roncesvalles Village.

You must be a poet, novelist or non-fiction writer, or, if not, you must be a songwriter or stand-up comedian or, in one case, a story-telling puppeteer.

And if you don’t actually live in the neighbourhood, you must have a strong connection to it.
“I love being home alone in my favourite reading chair discovering a new poet, or a novelist, who lives right around the corner from me,” founder and emcee Johan Hultqvist told a recent gathering.

Nearly three years ago, in the upper room at Tinto Coffee House on Roncesvalles Ave., Hultqvist and two friends read stories and a singer/songwriter played after each. The format stuck. Hultqvist hosts the series on the last Tuesday of the month.

 
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