Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Barry Callaghan, New Contest, Interviews, Events

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Dear Reader,

Open Book: Toronto is thrilled to announce that award-winning author, poet, editor and publisher Barry Callaghan, one of Canada's most preeminent men of letters, is our April Writer in Residence. Barry's most recent collection of short stories, Between Trains, was published by McArthur & Company in 2007. Visit Barry's WIR page to read his blog and his interview with Open Book, and to check out his recommended reading list. You can send your questions and comments for Barry to

Toronto is a marvelous city year-round, but at Open Book we're really looking forward to April, with its warmer weather, budding trees and many book launches. To celebrate springtime in Toronto, we're holding a new contest with great prizes. Open Book and Key Porter Books are giving away five copies of Toronto: A City Becoming, a remarkable collection of essays, edited by David Macfarlane, that examines the transformation of Toronto in the 21st Century. To enter the contest, send an email to with the name of one of the contributors to Toronto: A City Becoming AND tell us what you think is most becoming about Toronto; be it a certain spot, thing, person, characteristic, historical detail, team, whatever you like best. One grand prize winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate to David Mirvish Books (596 Markham Street,, which is generously donated by the bookstore. The winners will be selected in a draw on April 13th, and Open Book will compile a Becoming Toronto list from your entries and post it on our site.

Photographer Lisa Myers is covering some readings in Toronto for Open Book. Her most recent photos are from the launch for the graphic novel Skim (Groundwood Books), by writer Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Jillian Tamaki, at Page's This Is Not A Reading Series on March 26. Visit Open Book's Flickr page for photos from the launch.

When you're browsing through, make sure to check out our latest interviews. Colin Hill (Waste Heritage, ed.), Brent Connelly (Finer Than Hair on a Frog) and Beverley Stone (No Beautiful Shore) give insightful and entertaining answers to Open Book's Ten Questions.

The Spring Issue of Open Book Magazine is now online. It features articles by Stephen Cain and James Grainger, an excerpt from Tilted: The Trial of Conrad Black by Steven Skurka and an interview between writer, artist and Coach House publicist Evan Munday and writer Julie Wilson, who works in publicity and marketing at House of Anansi Press.

There are lots of great events coming up. April is National Poetry Month, so the League of Canadian Poets is hosting readings across the city. Hamilton's literary festival, gritLIT, kicks off on April 3. And publishers are launching their spring books. Event highlights for the next two weeks are:

  • Launch for The Drowned Lands by Stan Dragland at Supermarket, 286 Agusta Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • NicholBack, an evening celebrating bpNichol's work. The event will be introduced by Lori Emerson (The Alphabet Game: A bpNichol Reader, co-edited with Darren Wershler-Henry) and will feature performances by sound poets Paul Dutton, Mark Suterland and Nobuo Kubota, and readings by Frank Davey, Lola Lemire Tostevin, damian lopes, Gary Barwin and a.rawlings. At Supermarket, 268 Agusta Avenue, Toronto. Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for No Beautiful Shore by Beverley Stone at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Rick Blechta will be signing copies of A Case of You at the Yonge Centre Chapters, 17440 Yonge Street, Newmarket. Sunday, April 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Alessandro Porco (Augustine in Carthage, and Other Poems) at the Strong Words Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.
  • McClelland & Stewart Poetry Launch featuring Orphic Politics by Tim Lilburn, The New Layman's Almanac by Jacob McArthur Mooney and The Dream World by Alison Pick. At Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, April 8 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Coach House Books Spring Launch featuring Girls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig, Stunt by Claudia Dey, Blert by Jordan Scott, Troubled by RM Vaughan and Hagiography by Jen Currin. At Stones Place 1255 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, April 9 at 7: 30 p.m.
  • A lecture with Steve Penfold (The Donut: A Canadian History) at Montgomery's Inn Museum, 4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto. On Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. $12 at the door.
  • Launch for Toronto: A City Becoming, editor David Macfarlane, at This Is Not A Reading Series. Featuring Mcfarlane and anthology contributors Ian Brown, Meric Gertler and John Von Nostrand. At the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Visit our events page for event details and for more listings.

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