Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Anne Hines, Overlooked Books, Holiday Shopping, & Events

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Dear Reader,

Open Book: Toronto welcomes Anne Hines as December's Writer in Residence. Anne is the author of three novels, Fishing Up the Moon, The Spiral Garden, and Come Away: song of songs, and one collection of nonfiction humour, A Year In HineSight. Visit Anne's WIR page to read her blog and to peruse out her recommended readings, favourite websites, and her answers to Open Book's 10 Questions. You can send Anne your comments and questions to

Open Book has a question for you. What Canadian book do you think deserves more attention? Enter Open Book's Overlooked Book contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for Pages Books & Magazines. Submit the title of your favourite overlooked book to Open Book's Facebook discussion board or send an email to with the subject line "Overlooked Book." The winner will be selected in a draw on December 21st and Open Book will compile an Overlooked Reading List from your entries and post it on our site.

The holidays are just around the corner and many of us are scurrying around the city trying to find presents for friends and family. Toronto's bookstores are filled with potential gifts. Check out our links page to find websites for your local bookstores and specialty bookstores. Many publishers listed on our links page have online catalogues that are fun to browse through for gift ideas. You can also check Open Book's home page for our daily featured books.

Toronto and area literary event highlights for the first two weeks of December are:

  • Reading by Elspeth Cameron (And Beauty Answers: The Life of Francis Loring and Florence Wyle). Nicholas Hoare Books, 45 Front Street East, Toronto. Sunday December 2, 12:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Nadine McInnis (Two Hemispheres) and Ruth Roach Pierson (Aide-Mémoire) at LitLive. Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William Street, Hamilton. Sunday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Lust for Literacy Fundraising Cabaret by Parkdale Project Read. Featuring Zoe Whittall (Bottle Rocket Hearts), Literacy Through Hip-Hop, Brandy Leary of anandam, Awkward Silence, Waleed Abdulhamid, and more. The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto. Sunday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. Tickets $10.
  • Annual TSAR Book Launch featuring Rozena Maart (The Writing Circle), H. Nigel Thomas (Return to Arcadia), Irene Marques (Wearing Glasses of Water), and the Masala Trois. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
  • Launch for Let That Bad Air Out, a Novel in Linocuts by Stefan Berg. David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham Street, Toronto. Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Nadine McInnis (Two Hemispheres) and Ruth Roach Pierson (Aide-Mémoire) at the Art Bar Poetry Series. Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, December 4, 8:00 p.m.
  • Book Launch and Photo Exhibit for Unforgettable Canada: 100 Destinations. Author Noel Hudson and photographer George Fischer will be signing books. George Fischer Photo Gallery, 474 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto. Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
  • Shane Peacock (Eye of the Crow) at Port Hope Public Library's Christmas Open House. 31 Queen Street, Port Hope. Friday, December 7, 1:30 p.m.
  • Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Brunch Series with Maria Tipett (Portrait in Light and Shadow: The Life of Yousuf Karsh), Tom Perrotta (The Abstinence Teacher), Anna Porter (Kasztner's Train), and A.J. Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically). King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East. Sunday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. Tickets $40. Visit the Ben McNally Books website for details.
  • A.L. Kennedy (Day) on CBC Radio's Writers & Company. Sunday, December 9, 3:00 p.m.
  • The Dead Poets Society featuring George Elliot Clarke, Karen Connelly, Barry Dempster, Paul Dutton, Susan Glickman, Maureen Scott Harris, Bill Howell, Sandra Kasturi, Carol Malyon, David McFadden, Molly Peacock, Stuart Ross, Pricila Uppal, Halli Villegas, and Myna Wallin. Writers will be reading from poems by A.R. Ammons, Margaret Avison, Irving Layton, William Mathews, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Dylan Thomas, Paul Zweig, and others. Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, December 11, 8:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Gil Adamson (The Outlander), Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge), and Andreas Gripp (Angel Clare) at the IV Lounge Reading Series. 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, December 14, 8:00 p.m.

For more listings, please visit our events page.

Open Book