Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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Dear Readers,

Linda Rogers, Open Book: Toronto's November Writer in Residence, has been writing about many topics in her blog, including politics, book awards and poetry. She's also posted candid interviews with people in the book industry, such as Cormorant Books publisher Marc Cote, Guernica Editions publisher Antonio D'Alfonso, publicist Bruce Walsh, book designer Angel Guerra and poet, songwriter and playwright Robert Priest.

Linda's interviews have provoked some interesting comments from Open Book readers. In response to Antonio D'Alfonso's remark that the term "small press" is "derogatory," a reader commented, "There's nothing particularly wrong with the term 'small press' [....] Mr. D'Alfonso is incorrect in attributing the term to 'bureaucrats,' since many authors, editors, and publishers identify themselves with the phrase, if only to distinguish themselves from mass market and corporate publishers." We're still waiting to see how readers respond to Angel Guerra's statement, "If I'm lucky I don't have to deal with the marketing types in publishing. They rarely read the books they market. They might say they do but I've been involved in publishing for some time and I have yet to meet a marketing person worth admiring." You can post your comments for Linda and her interviewees onto the website, or send Linda an email to

In the last e-news, we let you know about Ian Daffern's new Open Book video series, Open Bar. This week, we're unveiling Matt Austin's Type, a new series of "co-interviews" where authors are paired with creative people in other fields of art and culture such as fashion, art, culinary arts, music, film/TV, theatre, dance and more. The first segment of Type is with Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans (McClelland & Stewart), and Shawn Hewson, founder of Bustle Clothing and a judge on Project Runway Canada. Check out Type in the Toronto Talks section of Open Book's Around Town page.

Whether you want to start your holiday shopping or just want to pick up a big stack of books to see you through winter, $200 in gift certificates to some of Toronto's finest independent bookstores can only help. Enter Open Book's November contest for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from each of the four bookstores featured in our monthly Top Ten lists. To enter the contest, sign in or sign up for a free Open Book account and leave your mark on the site in the form of a book recommendation or comment. The contest ends November 30th.

You can find the Top Ten lists of bestselling Canadian books on our Around Town page. You'll also find a brand new Toronto Profile of Napoleon Publishing, "a growing Toronto publishing house which has five different and growing imprints." Napoleon Publishing celebrates its Darkstar Fiction imprint at a gala on November 24 at the Gladstone. See Open Book's events page for details.

Have a look around to discover new audio, videos, photos and interviews. The latest audio clip is from the Annick Press series. It's of journalist Susan McClelland discussing her latest book, The Bite of the Mango, which she wrote with Mariatu Kamara. Our latest video is also from Annick Press, and it is part of their Africa Then and Now series. Go to our Video of the Week to watch the video for Secrets in the Fire by Henning Mankell. The most recent image gallery on the website is from Deer World (Boston Mills Press) by Dave Taylor.

We've posted new Ten Questions interviews with Tundra Books authors Susin Neilsen (Word Nerd) and Shane Peacock (Death in the Air). You'll find them on Open Book's news page, where you'll can also read a Dundurn Press interview with Deborah Brennan (Labours of Love: Canadians Talk About Adoption).

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Launch for Into the Drowned World (Insomniac Press) by Ryan Kamstra at Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Djanet Sears (The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Playwrights Canada Press) will be at York University's Canadian Writers in Person series in Accolade West Building, Room 109. Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada (TSAR Publications), edited by Natasha Bakht, at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday , November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Get Lit featuring David Miller, Vincent Lam, George Stroumboulopoulos, Amy Verner, Carol Huynh, Elvira Kurt and Ken Setterington. At the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Stories that Bind Festival at the Hart House Library, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. Saturday November 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Darkstar Fiction launch with Laurie Channer (Godblog) and Kerry Kelly (The Year She Left) at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen street West, Toronto. November 24 at 7:00 p.m.
  • TSAR Fall 2008 Book Launch at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. is on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by George Amabile, Mike Spry and Robert Priest at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clintons, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m.
  • MovingStories Films (BookShorts) at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. A This Is Not A Reading Series Event. Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Porcupine's Quill launch for Niceman Cometh by David Carpenter and Uproar by Jack MacLeod at Ben McNally's, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Thursday, November 27 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Reading by David Carpenter (Niceman Cometh, The Porcupine's Quill) at David Mirvish Books on Art, 596 Markham Street in Mirvish Village, Toronto. Saturday, November 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Go to Open Book's events page for event details and more listings.

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All the best,

Open Book