Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Beguiling Contest, Rick Blechta, and Events

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Valentine's Day is over, and Open Book: Toronto wants to know which character from Canadian fiction you would have liked to have spent the day with. Send us your answer and your name will be entered in a draw for a $100 gift certificate from The Beguiling (601 Markham Street,, Toronto's incredible bookstore specializing in graphic novels. The contest started on February 1st, and readers have made some interesting picks so far, including F from Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers, Christie from Margaret Laurence's The Diviners, and The Hooded Fang. Anne Shirley is currently the top choice of fictional Valentine's Day companions. Post your answer on our Facebook discussion board or send it to with the subject line, "Beguiled." The contest closes on February 22nd, and Open Book will post a list of all the suggested characters. For more contest info, click here.

Open Book's February Writer in Residence, Rick Blechta, is gearing up for the release of his newest book, A Case of You, by hanging out with alpacas, blogging about the link between his music and writing, evaluating the kindle, and introducing his readers to educational time wasters. In his blog this week, Rick questioned January WIR, Corey Redekop, on his opinion of Dan Brown's merit as a writer. Which WIR do you agree with? Read the entries and send Rick a note to A Case of You will be released on February 29th.

Have a look around Open Book's website for interviews with Dwight Hamilton (Terror Threat: International and homegrown terrorists and their threat to Canada) and Christina Kilbourne (Where Lives Take Root). You'll also find publishing news, event listings, weekly videos, and calls for entries. The Literary Review of Canada is currently looking for new writers, and you can read about it here.

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Event highlights in Toronto and area for the next two weeks are:

  • Sally Cooper (Tell Everything) will be signing books at Curiosity House Books, 134A Mill Street, Creemore. Sunday, February 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Out of Line: Growing Up Soviet by Tina Grimberg. at the Darchei Noam Synagogue, 864 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto. Sunday, February 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Launch for rivers... and other blackness... between us: (dub) poems of love by d'bi.young.anitafrika. at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West, Toronto. Monday, February 18 at 7:30.
  • Launch for livewords with readings by Bill Kennedy, Jim Johnstone, and Dane Swan. Also an Open Mic. At Concord Café, 937 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Monday, Februrary 18 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems by Randall Maggs at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto. Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Tell Everything by Sally Cooper at Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • José Latour (Comrades in Miami) and Brenden Howley (The Witness Tree) at Keep Toronto Reading's Lit Lunch. At the City Hall Branch of the TPL, Nathan Phillips Sq., 100 Queen St. West, Toronto. Wednesday, February 20 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Jeanne Beker (Passion for Fashion), will be at the Yorkville Branch of the TPL, 22 Yorkville Avenue, for Keep Toronto Reading's Books and Wine Program. Thursday, February 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Nathaniel G. Moore (Let's Pretend We Never Met) at the IV Lounge Reading Series, 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Maureen Jennings (The K Handshape) and Linwood Barclay (No Time for Goodbye) will be discussing their work at Keep Toronto Reading's Lit Lunch. At the Northern District Branch of the TPL, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto. Wednesday, February 27 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Ken Babstock (Airstream Land Yacht) and Souvankham Thammavongsa (Found) at Keep Toronto Reading's Lit Lunch. At the Runnymede Branch of the TPL, 2178 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, February 27 at 12:30 p.m.

For more listings, visit our events page.

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