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Dear Readers,

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Our August writer in residence, Marianne Paul, has been blogging about many topics, including war, YouTube, To Kill a Mockingbird and sweet, productive silence. She also discusses Michael Englishman's "remarkable and devastating book," 163256, A Memoir of Resistance (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). Send Marianne a note at or leave a comment on her blog.

In his biweekly Conflict of Interest column, Nathaniel G. Moore talks to John Goldbach about his book, Selected Blackouts (Insomniac Press), a collection of short stories that are "are forensic morsels of lives turned upside down, lost in the peripherals of twenty-something."

In the Toronto Profiles section of Open Book's Around Town page, Ottawa's indefatigable man of letters, rob mclennan, serves up his 12 or 20 questions to writer Michelle Berry, whose most recent novel is Blind Crescent (Penguin Canada).

Alessandro Porco, author of Augustine in Carthage (ECW Press), interviews "shivering romantic" Chris Hutchinson about his latest collection of poems, Other People's Lives (Brick Books).

Our latest Ten Questions are with Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose (Runaway Devil: How Forbidden Love Drove a 12-Year-Old to Murder Her Family, McClelland & Stewart), Lori Hahnel (Love Minus Zero, Oberon Press), Linda Granfield and Janet Wilson (Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace, Tundra Books), Kate McCaffrey (In Ecstasy, Annick Press), Gena K. Gorrell (Say What? The Weird and Mysterious Journey of the English Language, Tundra Books) and Joy Lynn Goddard (Northview Tale Series, Chestnut Publishing).

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Open mic, hosted by and with readings from Barry Dempster (Love Outlandish, Brick Books). Books/Café and Things, 208 Main Street South, Newmarket. Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Dundurn Press Young Adult Night. Shaun Smith (Snakes & Ladders), Deborah Kerbel (Mackenzie, Lost and Found) and Eric Walters (Tiger by the Tail) read from their latest YA books. McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading and signing by Shane Peacock (Death in the Air, Tundra Books). At Indigo at the Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto. Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Stephanie Dickison (The 30-Second Commute, ECW Press). McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Carolyn Pogue (Gwen, Sumach Press). McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Sunday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wayzgoose Party at Coach House. Celebrate Coach House Press's purchase of the coach house and publisher Stan Bevington's appointment to the Order of Canada. Tour Coach House, sip some drinks, eat some food and buy some books. The Coach House, 80 bpNichol Lane, Toronto. Thursday, September 3 from 5:00 p.m. until late.

For event details and more listings, go to our events page.

Read Shaun Smith's Sunday Sundries for a witty "weekly roundup of internet curiosities from the book world." Go to Shaun's blog on Open Book's Author Blogs page for past columns.

In the latest installment of his weekly webcomic, Rodeo Magic, Clayton Hanmer addresses the complex issue of how to deal with urban traffic congestion. Visit Clayton's author page to peruse past Rodeo Magic comics.

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All the best,
Open Book