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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto and The Drake Hotel are offering a one-of-a-kind contest. The winner of the contest and a guest will join award-winning crime fiction writer Peter Robinson for a delicious dinner at the Drake. The lucky winner will also get to take home an Open Book 2007 Library made up of dozens of wonderful new books released by Ontario's Canadian-owned publishers.

We're not the only outfit offering an amazing contest with fabulous prizes. McClelland & Stewart has launched an ingenious contest, The Quest for the Ice Fox, in which they "extend the fun of geocaching to the virtual world of the Quest." The winner of the Quest will receive a $2000 travel voucher and a copy of The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys. To enter the contest, you have to solve eight "knotty puzzles" over an eight-week period. Visit the McClelland & Stewart website and the Ice Fox group on Facebook for details.

On Tuesday evening, Open Book and The Drake Hotel hosted a book swap/cocktail party in the "Underground" of the Drake. It was a great evening - the Drake served scrumptious food and lovely cocktails, and we all walked away with a new book. During the party, Jim Polk was presented with the Janice E. Handford Award for his many contributions to Canadian literary publishing. Visit Open Book's flickr page to view photos from the event.

If you didn't manage to make it to Tuesday's Cocktail Party/Book Swap, you still have a chance to attend an Open Book event this month. On Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m., Open Book and Seventh Stage Productions are hosting a Halloween Horror Reading at Spadina House (285 Spadina Road, next to Casa Loma). Join us for an eerie sneak peak (and reading) of the fall's new thrillers. Costumes are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so if you'd like to join us, please RSVP to

Three of the remarkable authors featured in Open Book's Magazine are launching books in the next two weeks. ECW Press is launching the new biography of Conrad Black, Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour by George Tombs at Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street, Toronto) on Monday, October 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Check out our magazine to read about George Tombs's "Wild Ride" when researching, writing, and publishing his book. You can also read an excerpt from Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide by Laura J. Murray and Samuel E. Trosow in the Open Book Magazine. Between the Lines's launch for Canadian Copyright is on November 2 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Kingston Public Library (130 Johnson Street, Kingston).

Toronto and area literary event highlights of the next week are:

  • The International Festival of Authors. The festival features many wonderful local and international authors, including Gil Adamson, Ken Babstock, Hugh Brewster, Carol Bruneau, Stephen Cain, Barry Callaghan, Margaret Christakos, David Davidar, Elizabeth Hay, Beatrice MacNeil, Jay MillAr, Peter Robinson, and Priscila Uppal. Have a look at our events page for highlights. For a complete listing, visit the IFOA website.
  • Reading by Meg Tilly (Porcupine). Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Coach House Fall Launch. Readings by Jessica Westhead, Cara Hedley, David McGimpsey, Sarah Lang, Greg MacArthur, and Darren Wershler-Henry. Stones Place, 1255 Queen Street West, Toronto. October 24 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Barry Dempster (The Burning Alphabet) at Stong College, York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto. Thursday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sumach Press launch for launch for Swahili for Beginners by Lisa Joyal and Wings of a Bee by Julie Roorda. Canadian Children's Book Centre, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, Toronto. Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Between The Lines 30th Anniversary Party. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Gil Adamson (The Outlander). St. Luke's Parish Hall, 1382 Ontario Street, Burlington. Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Hockey Book Night in Canada featuring Lorna Jackson (Cold-Cocked: On Hockey) and Cara Hedley (Twenty Miles). Balzac's Café, 43 Hanna Ave, Liberty Village, Toronto. Friday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
  • CBC Massey Lectures by Alberto Manguel (City of Words). Convocation Hall Friday, University of Toronto, 31 King's College Circle, Toronto. October 26 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Canzine 2007, Canada's Largest Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Sunday, October 28 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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