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August updates from Open Book

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto's August Writer in Residence is Marianne Paul, author of the novels Dead Girl Diaries (BookLand Press, 2009), Tending Memory (BookLand Press, 2007), Twice in a Blue Moon (BookLand Press, 2007) and The Shunning (Moonstone Press, 1994). Welcome Marianne! She's been blogging about what she has in common with Michael Jackson ("not the glove, nor the mask, nor the armband.... I can't dance like MJ, nor moonwalk, nor sing") and her thoughts on downloading books ("I expect my books to stay put"). She also asks for readers' input: what would you like her to write about on her blog? Post your suggestion for Marianne onto her blog or send it to

The second installment in Open Book's Open Bar series is featured on our Around Town page. Open Bar is a tasty cocktail of photos and conversations from your favourite authors. In the latest Open Bar, Ian Daffern sits in the Victory Café with author Rebecca Rosenblum and talks to her about her short story collection, Once, and the appeal of a good watering hole filled with amiable drinkers. Watch Open Bar here.

Who knew that Zombies could bring out such crowds? Our latest poll was suggested by Evan Munday of Coach House Books and it's our most popular poll to date. Evan asks: "Which Canadian book would you like to see get the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies treatment?" We've had heaps of responses, and several readers have submitted their own titles ("By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Was Eaten by a Zombie," "What's Bred in the Brain," "A Complicated Zombie" - just a few of the brilliant titles that readers have posted). Place your vote, post your titles, and if you have an idea for a Canadian literary poll for Open Book, send it to

The Top Ten lists of bestselling books by Canadian authors are in. The lists come from some of Toronto's fine bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally and The Book Mark.

In his Conflict of Interest column, Nathanial G. Moore interviews the fine people at Now Hear This!, the Toronto literacy outreach arm of the Descant Arts and Letters Foundation.

We've posted new Ten Questions interviews. Find out what Sally Rippin (Chenxi and the Foreigner, Annick Press), Ian Colford (Evidence, The Porcupine's Quill), Antonio D'Alfonso (L'aimé, Leméac Editeur), Barry Dempster (Love Outlandish, Brick Books) and Michael Lewis MacLennan (The Good Egg, Playwrights Canada Press) have to say about writing and reading and what advice they have for authors who are trying to get published.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Jacqueline Larson (Salt Physic, Pedlar Press), Mark Sampson (Off Book, Norwood Publishing) and Sarah Selecky (This Cake is for the Party, Thomas Allen Publishers) at Pivot at the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, August 12 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Kings of Madison Avenue (ECW Press) by Jesse McLean at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Jon Paul Fiorentino (Stripmalling, ECW Press) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Friday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Andrew Daley (Tell Your Sister, Tightrope Books), Colin Frizzell (Just J, Orca Books), Mariko Tamaki (Skim, Groundwood Books) and Rebecca Rosenblum (Once, Biblioasis) at the Hear/Hear Reading Series. Free Times Café, 320 College Street, Toronto. Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Matthew Tierney (The Hayflick Limit, Coach House Books) at 66 King Street East, Cobourg. Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Barry Dempster (Love Outlandish, Brick Books) at Books/Café and Things
    208 Main Street South, Newmarket. Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

For details and more event listings, visit Open Book's events page.

The latest Rodeo Magic, the terrific webcomic created by Clayton Hanmer (aka CTON) for Open Book, is up on the site. Missed earlier installments of Rodeo Magic? You can find them on CTON's blog.

Shaun Smith's Sunday Sundries will keep you up-to-date on "Internet Curiosities from the Book World." Read about the COCO scandal ("is COCO anti-CANUCK?") and what's going on in the world of electronic books (and check out the "list of books about people who've raised monkeys in their houses"). You can read all of Shaun's past roundups on his blog.

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All the best,
Open Book