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Around Town, Nitin Deckha, News and Events

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Dear Readers,

Last week on Open Book: Toronto's new Around Town page, we posted the September Top Ten Canadian bestsellers lists from four of Toronto's fine independent bookstores: Bakka-Phoenix, Ben McNally, The Book Mart and The Women's Bookstore. We've also posted a Toronto Profile of one of Canada's leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter. His alphabet book, M is for Moose, was published this fall by Cormorant Books and is receiving a lot of well-deserved attention. Have a look at the Toronto Profile to read about the artist and to look at images of his remarkable work.

Around Town also includes coverage of Toronto literary events. The latest event photos are by Sharon Harris, who covered the opening night of the second season of the Rowers Pub Reading Series. You can browse through the photos on The Scene.

In one of his latest blog entries, Nitin Deckha (Shopping for Sabzi, TSAR Publications), Open Book's October Writer in Residence, contemplates whether artists are "ordinary or extraordinary." In an earlier posting, he asks whether "'deep reading' [is] a skill that is still valuable?... is it still pleasurable, that is something people still want to take the time and force their brain to do?" What do you think of Nitin's observations and questions? Log into your Open Book account and post your responses on his WIR page. You can send your questions for Nintin to

In late September, Monique Mathew headed to Toronto Sprouts for the launch of The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food (Between the Lines) by Wayne Roberts. In her article "Bread and Roses: The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food," Monique discusses the launch and offers a thoughtful review of the book. She writes, "We are moving into a new era of responsibility where food and energy can no longer be considered cheap and dispensable, and a book like Roberts' is the ideal primer for citizens interested in learning how to affect change in their community. The focus throughout the book is on creating lasting systems that benefit the social, spiritual and economic health of everyone involved, from rural and urban farmers to chefs and everyday consumers."

The latest Ten Questions on Open Book are with Noel Hudson, musician and author of The Band Name Book (Boston Mills Press), and Ami Sands Brodoff, author of The White Space Between. We've also posted a new Annick podcast in which Bridget Sinclair talks about how St. Stephen's Community House fostered the development of The Little Black Book, a book about sex and relationships written by teens for teens.

Did the Anne of Green Gables centenary inspire you to head to the Dancap Productions booth at The Word On The Street and have your photo taken in a red, braided wig and a blue dress? If you were one of the many Anne fans to flock to the Dancap booth, click through our Anne photo gallery to find your picture.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Launch of the Pivot Reading Series featuring Alex Boyd (Making Bones Walk, Luna Publications), Leigh Nash, Rebecca Rosenblum (Once, Biblioasis) and Paul Vermeersch (Between the Walls, McClelland & Stewart). At the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m.

  • TINARS for Tots with Mary Wallace (Inukshuk Journey, Maple Tree Press) and Marilyn Baillie (Animals At The EDGE: Saving The World's Rarest Creatures, Maple Tree Press) at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m.

  • Hamilton launch for Darwin's Nightmare (ECW Press) by Mike Knowles and Once (Biblioasis) by Rebecca Rosenblum at Bryan Prince Booksellers, 1060 King Street West, Hamilton. Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Crow's Theatre, in association with Mammalian Diving Reflex, presents Darren O'Donnell's [boxhead] (Coach House Books). The play will run until November 2nd at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto. Opening night is Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m.

  • The International Festival of Authors runs from October 22 to November 1.

  • Reading and talk by Jan Rehner (On Pain of Death, Sumach Press) at Wychwood Library, 1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Thursday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Launch for The Steve Machine (Coach House Books) by Mike Hoolboom at The Rivoli, 332 Queen Street West, Toronto. A This Is Not A Reading Series event. Thursday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Canzine, Canada's largest zine fair and festival of alternative culture is at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto on Sunday, October 26 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

  • Launch for A Killing Art (ECW Press) by Alex Gillis at 7 Numbers Restaurant, 307 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Monday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Launch for The Bite of the Mango (Annick Press) by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Visit the Open Book events page for event details and for more listings.

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