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April Updates from OBT

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Dear Readers,

On Tuesday, April 27th, Open Book: Toronto is kicking off the first Salon in our Toronto Literary Salon series. We've partnered with The Spoke Club and the soon-to-be-opened Thompson Toronto to bring you this exciting new event series. The inaugural Salon, featuring Canadian authors Joey Comeau, David Eddie and Russell Smith, will be held at The Spoke Club. Author Nathan Whitlock will host.

Salons have been a feature of literary life for centuries and with good reason. There's no better environment in which to amuse each other, to be inspired by writing and culture, to expand one's knowledge and opinions through conversation. The one-hour Salon starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) and entrance is free. You also have the option to stick around after the Salon and join the authors and other Salon-goers for a $35 prix fixe dinner. Please contact The Spoke Club at 416.368.8448 or if you would like to reserve a spot at the dinner. Full event details can be found on Open Book's Events Page. We hope to see you there.

Always wanted to attend literary launches but found the environment intimidating or exclusive? Becky Toyne writes about going to launches as a "Book-buying Member of the Public" and recommends some upcoming events in her article, "Dear Book Launch, can we be better friends?"

Melanie Janisse follows up her article "Of Swallows, If Pheasants and the Toronto New School of Poetry" with "Callings and Vocations." She takes us to a workshop at the Toronto New School of Writing and spends time with bill bissett at Workman Arts.

In his latest article, "Queen City Chronicles," regular Open Book contributor rob mclennan contemplates how one "write[s] out a city": "Is it even possible, or do the best books come out, instead, in dense fragments, a plural of parcels through neighbourhoods, among other more manageable concerns?"

Hilary Fair attends Book Club in a Box at the Marilyn Herbert's Literary Community Centre to hear Sue Kenney talk about the process of writing her book, My Camino. In her article "Looking for Narrative at Book Club in a Box," Hilary writes, "It strikes me that Herbert's Literary Community Centre is a meeting ground - for both individual exploration and group exchange. We're all here looking for narrative, eager for different, but perhaps complimentary, story lines.'

Check out our latest Proust Questionnaires to find out the true nature of Canada's literati. The latest to take the Proust: August C. Bourré, Erin Balser, Joey Comeau, Andrew Potter and Sean Cranbury.

Our latest Ten Questions and On Writing interviews are with Antony Di Nardo, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Irene N. Watts, Scott Carter, T.F. Rigelhof and Rona Arato.

Phil Hall talks to Pedlar Press publisher Beth Follett about poetry, his "Pedestrian Archives," his latest book, The Little Seamstress, and more

Our April writer in residence, Edward Carson, has been blogging about reading, writing and photographing and pairing each blog entry with one of his exquisite photographs. Send your questions and comments for Edward to or login and post them in the comments section under his blog entries.

Enter our April Book Giveaway to win a copy of Edward Carson's latest book, Taking Shape (The Porcupine's Quill).

Be sure check Open Book's Events Page for a list of what's going on in Toronto and area. There are heaps of launches, readings, book signings and workshops that you'll want to check out.

Don't miss CTON's latest Rodeo Magic and Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries.

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All best,
Open Book