Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Contest, WIRs, Interviews, Photos and Events

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Dear Readers,

There are a couple of reasons why you should enter Open Book: Toronto's latest contest: for a chance to win exciting prizes and to learn intriguing facts about some of Canada's up-and-coming literary stars. We've teamed up with the Literary Press Group to offer four prizes of seven books by the LPG's Fiery First Fiction authors. If you win, you also get a super-snazzy FFF bag to carry your new books in. What do you need to do to enter the draw for these fabulous prizes? Simply visit and answer a few questions about the FFF authors. Sounds easy and interesting? It is. Even if you don't win, you can still have your own FFF bag by heading to a participating bookstore and picking up a copy of a FFF book. We've already given away one set of books, but you've still got three more chances to win. Click here for full contest details.

Alexander Herman, Paul Matthews and Andrew Feindel, the authors of Kickstart: How Successful Canadians Got Started (Dundurn Press), are Open Book's Writers in Residence for May. Check out their blog to read Alexander's take on "the city of concrete," to understand why Paul believes writing is a political act and to find out which cities the authors are stopping in during their tour across Canada. Send your questions and comments for Alexander, Paul and Andrew to

We've posted two new Ten Questions interviews on Open Book. Visit our news page to read Ten Questions with Karol Zelazny, author of Walk on Water in the World of Symptoms (BookLand Press), and Daphne Marlatt, author of The Given (McClelland & Stewart).

Between The Lines is serving up a regular "Dose of No-Nonsense": a sampling from their No-Nonsense Guides on Open Book and on the press's Facebook page. Check our news page for your "Dose of No-Nonsense" and to find out more about BTL's excellent No-Nonsense Guides.

Writers and readers gathered at the IV Lounge on Friday, May 9 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the IV Lounge Reading Series. Lisa Myers took photos of the event for Open Book. You can look at them on our Flickr page.

There are lots of literary events in and around Toronto over the next two weeks. Highlights include:

  • Launch for Canada's Jews: A People's History (University of Toronto Press) by Gerald Tulchinsky at Israel's Bookstore, 870 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto. Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Launch for Am I Dead Yet? (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) by John Scully at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Wednesday May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

  • The Insomniac Press/ Punchy Writers Spring Poetry Launch for The Debaucher (Insomniac Press) by Jason Camlot, The Red Element (Insomniac Press) by Catherine Graham and Dead Cars in Managua (DC Books / Punchy Writers Series) by Stuart Ross is at Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Launch and discussion of Some Like It Cold: The Politics of Climate Change in Canada (Between The Lines) by Robert C. Paehlke at The Sustainability Network, 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 128, Toronto. Thursday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Launch and concert for The Songweavers (Second Story Press) by Kathleen McDonnell at The Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas Street East, Toronto. Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Jacob McArthur Mooney (The New Layman's Almanac, McClelland & Stewart), Kurt Zubatiuk (Ekstasis) and Domenico Capilongo (I Thought Elvis was Italian) at the IV Lounge Reading Series, 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Talk by Jan Rehner (On Pain of Death, Sumach Press) at the Bayview Community Branch of the Toronto Public Library, Bayview Village Shopping Centre, 2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Launch for The Withdrawal Method (Anansi) by Pasha Malla at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Talk by Jill Culiner (Finding Home: In The Footsteps of the Jewish Fusgeyers, Sumach Press) at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto, 470 Glencairn Avenue. Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Launch for Murder in A-Major (Rendez-Vous Crime) by Morley Torgov at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.

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

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