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August at OBT: Pj Kwong, New Articles, Interviews & Events

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The latest from Open Book: Toronto:

OBT's AUGUST WIR: PJ KWONG
A huge welcome to Pj Kwong, Open Book's August Writer in Residence! Pj is the author of Taking the Ice: Success Stories from the World of Canadian Figure Skating (BookLand Press), which will be in stores in September 2010. In addition to being a figure skating expert (she currently works for CBC Sports), she is a Language Nerd (LN) with a deep love of the cultural diversity of Toronto. Visit her Writer-in-Residence page to read her blog, her recommendations and her interview with Open Book. Send your questions and comments for Pj to writer@openbooktoronto.com or post them directly to her blog.

Win a copy of Pj's book, Taking the Ice. Click here to find out how.


A BIKE THIEF, POETS IN BELGIUM, BLOOMSDAY, THE TPL AND AN AGENT'S INSIGHT: OBT'S FEATURED ARTICLES
"Petty crook. Folk hero. Common criminal. The most prolific bicycle thief in Canada." In his article "Kenk Under Glass," Stacey Madden writes about Igor Kenk and the controversy over the window displays for Kenk: A Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox), written by Richard Poplak and illustrated by Nick Marinkovich.

Melanie Janisse takes us to Brussels for café crème and "beauty in bite-sized bits of information" and then to Trinity Bellwoods and Swan for conversation with Angela Rawlings in her essay, "Two Poets in Belgium."

"Dreaming Ulysses, a novel Joyce wrote while in exile, as I explore this new sense of geography, layering a new sense of home." rob mclennan writes about June 16th, James Joyce and more in his essay, "Bloomsday, High Park."

Books, fantastic programing, an amazing work environment and blissfully cool air conditioning. Becky Toyne writes about the many wonders of the Toronto Public Library in her article "Library worker by day, library socialite by night: The TPL is cool for more than its Air Con."

"...these days, more than less, when agents sell debut authors we rarely hear that key phrase, 'We want to be your publishing home for your career.' And frankly, I really miss hearing it." Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency offers insight into the world of publishing in her latest Agent's Corner column, "What We've Gained and What We've Lost (Part I)."


JULY'S TOP TENS
There's still plenty of summer left for lounging and reading (of course, those two activities are a must year round). Need some summer reading suggestions? Check out the July 2010 Top Ten lists on our Around Town page to see which books by Canadian authors were the top sellers last month at Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Type Books (the Queen Street store).


INTERVIEWS & REGULARS
Our latest interviews are with Marcus McCann, Susan Nielsen, Kerry Clare, Robert J. Hosowsky and Julie Roorda.

We've also posted interviews from The Toronto Quarterly's Toronto Poets 5 Questions Series with Alexandra Oliver, Myna Wallin and Elisabeth de Mariaffi.

Check out Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries and CTON's latest Rodeo Magic.


EVENT LISTINGS
For a list of literary events in the GTA, please visit Open Book's Events Page.


We'd love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to clelia@openbooktoronto.com

All the best,
Open Book

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