Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Beverley Stone, Summer Magazine, Interviews and Events

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Dear Readers,

We're pleased to announce that Beverley Stone is Open Book: Toronto's Writer in Residence for July. Her first novel, No Beautiful Shore, was published by Cormorant Books this spring. Visit her WIR page to read her interview with Open Book, her blog and her book and website recommendations. Beverley would love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments for her to

Open Book's summer magazine is online, brimming with entertaining and informative content. This issue's 48-Hour Interview is a wonderfully candid conversation between two Canadian literary agents: Sam Hiyate, founder of The Rights Factory, and Hilary McMahon, vice-president of Westwood Creative Artists. The summer issue also includes a book excerpt from the highly-anticipated Dry Water by Robert J.C. Stead, a Canadian prairie novel from the 1930s. Dry Water is the second book in the Canadian Literature Collection from University of Ottawa Press.

Our summer magazine features articles by two Toronto writers. "Al Purdy - The Voice of the Land" by Paul Vermeersch is a vivid account of Purdy's funeral in 2000 and a look at the unveiling of the statue of Purdy in Queen's Park in 2008. Jeromy Lloyd's article, "Scream," examines the development of The Scream Literary Festival; some good reading to get you ready for this year's Scream Festival, which runs from July 3 to 14.

The Trillium Awards were handed out in mid-June, and Open Book featured videos of finalists Gil Adamson, Robert Hough, Ray Robertson and Emily Schultz. Our latest video is of Trillium Award winner Barbara Gowdy (Helpless, HarperCollins). The videos were sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and produced by Ian Daffern.

Monique Mathew, a local writer, curator and OCAD graduate, is writing bi-weekly articles about local literary events for Open Book. You can read her coverage of the Diaspora Dialogues launch for the anthology series TOK: Writing the New Toronto on our news page. The launch was in partnership with the Luminato Festival of Arts + Creativity, and it was held at the Drake Underground.

Photographer Lisa Myers also covered the TOK: Writing the New Toronto launch for Open Book. Lisa's splendid photos of the event can be found on our website and on our Flickr page. She also photographed the launch for The North End Poems (ECW Press) by Michael Knox and readings at The Art Bar Poetry Series by Monty Reid (The Luskville Reductions, Brick Books), Phlip Arima (Breathe Now, BuschekBooks) and Yannick Marshall (Old Friend, We Made This for You, Canadian Scholars' Press). While you're browsing our Flickr page, make sure to check out David Waldman's stunning photos of the unveiling of the Al Purdy statue in Queen's Park.

We have two new Ten Questions interviews on Open Book. Bestselling authors and paddling experts Gary and Joanie McGuffin discuss their latest book, Paddle Your Own Kayak (Boston Mills Press), and offer advice for novice kayakers. Award-winning author Helaine Becker describes her research for her book, Science on the Loose (Maple Tree Press), and talks about her current project, a children's book about insects that "includes neato facts like one about the bug that can shoot burning hot acid out its butt at its enemies."

There is a terrific array of events to choose from over the next two weeks: workshops, launches, readings and poetry-inspired concerts. We've selected a few to highlight, but make sure to check out our events page for a full list and for detailed information on locations and tickets. Event highlights for July 1 to 15:

  • Launch for Mark Blagrave's Silver Salts (Cormorant Books) at the Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Reception Gallery, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Thursday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Clara Blackwood (Subway Medusa, Guernica Editions), Phoebe Tsang (To Kiss the Ground) and Kyle Paul (No Chinook) at the IV Lounge Reading Series, 326 Dundas Street, Toronto. Friday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Seen Writing: The Scream Youth Event facilitated by Julie Wilson ( Readings by poet Shannon Bramer (Fishings) and by young Toronto poets. At Tinto's Café, 89 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto. Saturday, July 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Vocable Sound and Movement Workshop co-facilitated by a.rawlings (wide slumber for lepidopterists, Coach House Books) and Ciara Adams. At Second City Training Centre, Studio 2, 70 Peter Street, Toronto. Sunday, July 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Book signing by Karol Zelazy (Walk on Water in the World of Symptoms, BookLand Press) at Chapters Bayview Village store, 2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. Sunday, July 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Launch for What Does the Moon Smell Like? 151 Astounding Science Quizzes (ECW Press) by Eva Everything at Nicholas Hoare Books, 45 Front Street East, Toronto. Wednesday, July 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

  • Kevin Connolly (Revolver, House Of Anansi Press) is at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Aural Transl(oc)ations: Music based on the poetry of Jordan Scott (Blert, Coach House Books), Bill Kennedy (apostrophe, ECW Press) and Souvankham Thammavongsa (Found, Pedlar Press). At Array Studios, 60 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto. Sunday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Scream in High Park, featuring: Wayde Compton with Jason de Couto, Dani Couture, Claudia Dey, Sonnet L'Abbé, Ron Giii, David W. McFadden, Motion, Sina Queyras, Ray Robertson, Mariko Tamaki, Carl Wilson and Jacob Wren. Hosted by Misha Glouberman. At the Dream in High Park Stage, High Park, Toronto. Monday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Open Book would love to hear from you. If you have any comments or suggestions for us, please send them to

All the best,
Open Book