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Dear Readers,

Happy National Poetry Month! Here's what's going on at Open Book: Toronto this April:

Open Book has partnered with Toronto's The Spoke Club and the soon-to-be-opened Thompson Toronto to bring you a new event series, the Toronto Literary Salon. Do what engaged and curious people have done for centuries and gather with writers for a salon. The point? To amuse each other, to be inspired by writing and culture, to expand one's knowledge and opinions through conversation.

The inaugural Salon will be held Tuesday, April 27, at The Spoke Club, featuring Canadian authors Joey Comeau, David Eddie and Russell Smith. Author Nathan Whitlock will host.

Attendees also have the unique opportunity to reserve a $35 prix fixe dinner with the authors - we hope you can join us at the dinner, too! Dinner will follow the one-hour Salon. Please contact The Spoke Club at 416.368.8448 or for details and if you would like to reserve a spot at the dinner. Full event details can be found on Open Book's Events Page.

We'd love you to join us for the Salon and dinner on April 27th. Our April contest winner will win two seats at the post-Salon dinner and copies of the authors' latest books. How to enter? Fill in this brief survey and your name will be entered in the draw. The contest closes on April 14th, so if your name isn't selected, you'll still have time to reserve your dinner.

Writer and photographer Edward Carson, author of Taking Shape (The Porcupine's Quill), is Open Book's April Writer in Residence. Visit his WIR page to read his Ten Questions with Open Book, his blog and his reading and website recommendations. Be sure to click on Edward's stunning photographs, which accompany his blog entries. Send your questions and comments for Edward to or login and post them in the comments section under his blog entries.

April Book Giveaway: Send an email to with the title of one of Edward Carson's reading recommendations, and your name will be entered in a draw for a copy of Taking Shape.

Find out what Canada's literati loathe and love and what they think about themselves and others in this latest series of interviews on Open Book. Read Proust Questionnaires with Marta Chudolinska, David Eddie, Steven W. Beattie, Andrew Potter and Nathan Whitlock. More of these interviews are coming soon, keep an eye on our homepage.

Our latest Ten Questions and On Writing interviews are with Tanis Rideout, Chris Hutchinson, Melanie Siebert, Vicki Delany, Luc Melanson, Nancy Kilpatrick and Richard Scrimger.

In "Of Swallows, If Pheasants and the Toronto New School of Poetry," Melanie Janisse writes about finding solace (and an inviting red couch) at Of Swallows, Their Deeds and the Winter Below and the Toronto New School of Writing.

rob mclennan writes about the St. Lawrence Seaway Project and Don McKay's poetry in his essay, "Reading and Writing Glengarry County: Writing the Long Sault Hydro Electric Project."

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In his latest Sunday Sundries, Shaun Smith guides you to Internet curiosities from the world of kids' lit - and shares some wonderful news of his own. Congratulations Shaun and Shannon!

There are so many marvelous events going on this month, it's hard to choose which to attend. Readings, launches, book clubs, book exchanges, workshops... here's a taste of what's on during the next two weeks, but be sure to check our Events Page for many more listings and for event details.

  • Sue Kenney will discuss her best-selling book My Camino at Bookclub-In-A-Box, 875 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite #210, Toronto. Wednesday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Desi Di Nardo reads from latest book of poetry, The Plural of Some Things, at North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto. Thursday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m.
  • National Poetry Month Readings with Peter Sanger, Robert Priest, Denis Lee, David Day and Rosemary Sullivan at the Artful Dodger, 12 Isabella Street, Toronto. Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Meet Shane Peacock, the author of the popular Boy Sherlock Holmes series, at the Highland Creek Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 3550 Ellesmere Road, Toronto. Tuesday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Head to the Gladstone for the launch for The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves by Andrew Potter. Andrew will be in conversation with Nora Young for a This Is Not A Reading Series event. At the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The fifth annual Richmond Hill Public Library Gala featuring readings by Margaret Christakos, Kevin Connolly, Barry Dempster, Glen Downie, Sue MacLeod, Alison Pick and Terry Watada. Hosted by writer in residence Barry Dempster. Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson Street, Richmond Hill. Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m.

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All the best,
Open Book

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