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Dear Readers,

October updates from OBT.

There are still a few days left to enter Open Book's October contests.

Enter our October book giveaway to win all four books in Writer-in-Residence Shane Peacock's The Boy Sherlock Holmes series (Tundra Books). To enter your name in the draw, please send an email to with your answer to the following question: Where would Shane like to live? (Hint: Read Shane's Proust Questionnaire to find out.)

We're giving away even more mysteries in our Autumn Mystery Contest. For a chance to win a stack of 16 new mystery novels from Cormorant Books, Dundurn, ECW Press, McClelland & Stewart and Napoleon & Co. (RendezVous Crime), send an email with the subject line "Mystery Contest" to and tell us the title of any mystery novel published by one of the five presses.

As October draws to a close, so does WIR Shane Peacock's residency, and we'll miss his regular blogging. He's given us lots to consider over the past month: short stories, baseball, Robertson Davies, the value of literary awards and so much more. Send your questions and comments for Shane to, or you can post them directly to his blog.

Stop in at on Monday, November 1st when writer, editor and Mr. Bookninja himself, George Murray, joins us as Writer-in-Residence. George's latest book, Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms, was published this fall by ECW Press.

The International Festival of Authors is in full swing. Let former IFOAer Becky Toyne guide you through the Dos and Don'ts of one of the world's top literary festivals in "IFOA 101."

Our latest interviews are with John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory, Katie Smith Milway, Lindsay Gibb, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Teri Vlassopoulos, Trevor Cole, Veronika Martenova Charles, Denise Jaden, Evan Munday and Jules Lewis.

Nathaniel G. Moore talks to Sheila Heti about her new novel, How Should A Person Be?. Read the interview, "Sheila Heti Versus Toronto."

Gregory Levey (How to Make Peace in the Middle East in Six Months or Less Without Leaving your Apartment) talks to Rachel Shukert about her new memoir, Everything Is Going to Be Great. Read it here.

Darryl Salach of The Toronto Quarterly interviews Nashira Dernesch for his Toronto Poets 5 Questions Series.

Check out the image galleries from some of Toronto's October literary events.

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) featured Richard Folhil in conversation with singer-songwriter Ian Tyson. The event celebrated the launch of Tyson's autobiography, The Long Trail: My Life in the West. Click here for photos.

Guernica Editions celebrated the launch of Footsteps on the Ceiling by Baila Ellenbogen, Jack Hodgins: Essays on His Works edited by Annika Hannan, The All Nighter's Radio by M. Travis Lane, Gary Geddes: Essays on His Works edited by Robert G. May, Exhale, Exhale by Cristina Perissinotto and My Father's Hands Spoke in Yiddish by Karen Shenfeld. Click here for photos.

Coach House Books celebrated the launch of their 2010 fall books: Jonathan Ball's Clockfire, Gary Barwin's The Porcupinity of the Stars, Jon Paul Fiorentino's Indexical Elegies, Dorothy Ellen Palmer's When Fenelon Falls and Gail Scott's The Obituary. Click here for photos.

TINARS hosted the launch for In Praise of Copying, with Marcus Boon and New York poet John Giorno. Click here for photos.

The next Toronto Literary Salon is less than two weeks away. The Spoke Club and Open Book invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 9, at The Spoke Club for a conversation with four much-buzzed-about Toronto writers: Kathryn Borel (Corked), Christopher Shulgan (Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood) and Michah Toub (Growing Up Jung). The evening will be hosted by Nathan Whitlock (A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days).

This is a free event. Doors open in the Front Lounge at 6:30 p.m. for drinks and mingling. Salon conversation starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Go to our Events Page for full details.

Bonus option: We also invite you to continue the conversation at the aprés-Salon dinner with the authors. Limited seating and reservations are necessary. This is a $35 prix fixe (plus drinks, taxes and gratuity) and you can reserve a seat and/or ask for full details at The Spoke Club's Concierge, via or 416.368.8448.

Open Book's Fall Magazine is up. In it you'll find:

  • Spotlight, an ever-growing portrait gallery featuring the people in Toronto's literary scene. In this issue, Spotlight turns its eye to "The Editors," going behind-the-scenes to profile a highly talented group whose keen choices and wise guidance help shape the new books that land on shelves every season. All Spotlight portraits are created and photographed by one of our favourite Toronto photographers, Anna Ross.
  • The 48-Hour Interview, "The 21st Century Librarian," featuring Caitlin Fralick, a Librarian at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, and Jessica Rovito, a Librarian with the Toronto Public Library.
  • "What We Talk About When We Talk About Books," an article by Erin Balser about the pleasure of a good book club meeting.
  • "Two for the Road," by Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds. The authors discuss the process of co-writing their book, Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America.

Visit our Events Page to find out what's going on in the literary scene in Toronto and the GTA.

Check out our sister site,, to catch up on province-wide book news and events and to help us map literary Ontario.

We'd love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to

All the best,
Open Book

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