Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Book Launch

Lithuanian House

1573 Bloor St W
Toronto M6P 1A6

IFOA and ECW Press invite you to the release of The Barefoot Bingo Caller by Antanas Sileika as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

cover_barefoot-bingo-caller-2In The Barefoot Bingo Caller, Antanas finds what’s funny and touching in the most unlikely places, from the bingo hall to the collapsing Soviet Union. He shares stories that span his attempts to shake off his suburban, ethnic, folk-dancing childhood to his divided allegiance as a Lithuanian-Canadian father. Antanas has a keen eye for social comedy, bringing to life such memorable characters as ageing beat poets, oblivious college students, the queen of the booze cans, and an obdurate porcupine.

Join us at the Lithuanian House to meet the author, network and celebrate new work!


Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.

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    Antanas Sileika

    Antanas Sileika is the author of four works of fiction. His first collection of stories, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Toronto Book Award as well as serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Woman in Bronze and Underground were both listed among the 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail, and the latter has been optioned for film. Antanas is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He presents The Barefoot Bingo Caller.