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August Updates from OBT: Fresh Articles, Pj Kwong, Interviews, Events & More

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Dear Readers,

Your end-of-August updates from Open Book: Toronto:

OBT'S FEATURED ARTICLES: A HILLBILLY VAMPIRE, THE AVANT GARDE, BP NICHOL AND INVISIBLE VISIONARIES
"As I left the theatre and walked out into the mundane twilight and white noise of Queen West, I felt like I'd been slapped in the face by a prudish reality after a drunken night at the Grand Ole Opry...." Stacey Madden takes in the stage adaptation of Derek McCormack's The Haunted Hillbilly and writes about it for Open Book. Read "A Hillbilly Hootenanny...with Vampires."

"It seems that we are discussing the outsiders, tricksters and coyotes that negotiate the spectacle from the craggy path cliff side, who come out of the shadows on occasion to shake things up a bit, misbehave, rant and present us with their unique and razor-sharp works." Melanie Janisse writes about David Antin, Steve McCaffery and the Scream Literary Festival in "Agent Provacateurs and the Semiotics of the Avant Garde."

"Walking Brun's wick: bpNichol's The Martyrology Book 5" is the latest installment in rob mclennan's "Sleeping in Toronto" series.

Nathaniel G. Moore catches up with the "visionaries" behind Invisible Publishing. Read his article, "You Can't See Me."

OBT'S AUGUST WIR PJ KWONG
Open Book's August Writer in Residence, Pj Kwong, has been blogging about figure skating and writing, cottage life and more, and she's been interviewing fellow writers about their writing process. Visit her writer-in-residence page to read her blog.

Our WIRs love to hear from readers. You can send your questions 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.

THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
In our latest Proust Questionnaires, you'll find out many things about members of Canada's literati, for instance Angela Hibbs is "casually optimistic"; rob mclennan's favourite names are "Mercedes. Duncan. Winona. Lainna"; Patricia Storms would "go to great lengths for a really good cup of coffee"; and Marcus McCann would like to live "Somewhere temperate, urban, with good access to a bookstore, in walking distance to work. Ahem, with a waterslide." Click on the links to read the full questionnaires.

ON WRITING
Our latest On Writing interviews are with Meaghan Strimas, Alan Reed, Arleen Alda and Monica Culling. Read the interviews to find out about the authors' latest books and future projects.

SUNDAY SUNDRIES & RODEO MAGIC
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.

Questions? Comments? Send them to clelia@openbooktoronto.com

All the best,
Open Book

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