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Cocktail Party/Book Swap, Mini Lit, Zoe Whittall, and Upcoming Events

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Dear Reader,

Open Book and The Drake Hotel invite you and a guest to join us for a very fun Cocktail Party/Book Swap on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Drake. Bring your favourite OBPO-published book and swap with other guests for a new one (click on the invitation for details), while sipping cocktails and nibbling delicious hors d'oeuvres. If you would like to join us, please RSVP by October 21 to

On Saturday, October 13, Bunch, Mabel's Fables, The Drake Hotel, and Open Book hosted Mini Lit at the Drake. Kids and adults enjoyed readings and performances by Sean Dixon, Loris Lesynski, and Shane Peacock. Enthusiasm for the readings was so great, that by mid-afternoon kids were rushing the stage. Between the readings, the crowd was entertained by the amazing N.I. Gel. Click here for photos from the event.

Our Writer-in-Residence, Zoe Whittall, is in high demand in the Canadian literary scene. By the end of this month, she will have read in Toronto and Montreal, been interviewed for print and radio, reviewed for the Globe and Mail, and hosted a reading at the International Festival of Authors, and she still takes time to write many brilliant and often hilarious blog entries for Open Book. Check out our Writer-in-Residence page to read Zoe's entries, including her interviews with writers Brian Joseph Davis, Stacey May Fowles, and Jacob McArthur Mooney. As always, please feel free to contact her at Open Book's WIR page.

The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) opens tonight and runs to October 27. The list of local and international authors appearing at IFOA is remarkable and extensive. You will find an enticing selection of IFOA events on our events page as well as the full festival list here. Other Toronto and area literary event highlights of the next week are:

  • Four multimedia collaborations for Draft 3.1. Featuring Lynn Harrigan, Scott McGregor Moore, Ronna Bloom (Public Works), Peter Dick, Susan L. Helwig, Felix Chakirov, Steven McCabe, Paul Sanderson, and Preethi Gopinath. Labspace Studio, 276 Carlaw Avenue, Suite 202, Toronto. Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Reading by Elyse Friedman (Long Story Short). Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto. Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Karen Hines (The Pochsy Plays and Hello ... Hello) at York University's Canadian Writers in Person class and reading series. York University, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, Accolade West Building, Room 206, Toronto. Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book sale at Crabtree Publishing Company. 616 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines. Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.
  • Book launch for Twice in a Blue Moon by Marianne Paul. Canadiana Restaurant & Banquet Hall, 5230 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.
  • Book launch for D is for Daring: The Women Behind the Films of Studio D by Dr. Gail Vanstone and screening of film Women Behind the Lens by Alexis Krasilosky. National Film Board of Canada, John Spotten Cinema, 150 John Street, Toronto. Saturday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.
  • 2007 CBC Massey Lectures. Alberto Manguel (The City of Words). Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust Street, Burlington. Monday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.
  • Two readings by Meg Tilly (Porcupine). Brookbanks Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 210 Brookbanks Drive on Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 p.m. and Locke Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 3083 Yonge Street, Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
  • Open Book's Cocktail Party/Book Swap co-hosted by The Drake Hotel. The Drake Hotel, 'The Underground,' 1150 Queen St. West, Toronto. Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Astrid Young (Being Young) at Page's This Is Not A Reading Series. Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
  • Pedlar Press fall launch, with Stan Rogal (As Good As Dead), Michael Blouin (I'm Not Going To Lie To You) & Jacob Wren (Families are Formed Through Copulation). Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.

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