Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Deborah Ellis, Events, and Contests Old and New

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto is pleased to announce that our March Writer in Residence is bestselling, award-winning, and tremendously prolific writer Deborah Ellis. She is the author of over 18 books, including Bifocal (co-authored with Eric Walters), Jakeman, The Heaven Shop, and the Breadwinner trilogy. Visit Deborah's page to read her blog and her interview with Open Book, and to peruse her lists of recommended books and websites. Please send your questions for Deborah to In celebration of Deborah's residency with Open Book, we're giving away a prize package of four of her books. Click here for contest details.

A new month always means a new WIR at Open Book, and while we're thrilled to welcome Deborah as our new WIR, we're also sad to say goodbye to February's WIR, Rick Blechta. You can access his archived blog and all of our past WIR's blogs from Open Book's homepage. Rick's latest book, A Case of You, hit the stores on February 29, and he'll be reading from it at Casa Loma on March 4. The official Toronto launch for A Case of You is on March 30 at the Black Swan Pub on Danforth Avenue.

Thanks to everyone who entered Open Book's February contest, and congratulations to Cali Hoffman, the winner of the draw for a gift certificate from The Beguiling (601 Markham Street). To enter the contest, readers had to tell us which character from Canadian fiction they would like to spend Valentine's Day with. From the entries, we've compiled a list of characters, which you can look at here. We've got lots of contests with great prizes coming up, so keep your eyes on and on our Facebook page.

Of course, Open Book isn't the only source for terrific contests. Second Story Press is currently holding a writing contest to celebrate the publication of The Songweavers, the third book in Kathleen McDonnell's fantasy-adventure series, The Notherland Journeys. The contest asks readers to send in a short story or essay about "adventures in the world of imagination." Click here for details.

Open Book would love to hear from you. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for us, please send them to

Event highlights for the next two weeks are:

  • Readings by Rick Blechta (A Case of You) and Lyn Hamilton (The Chinese Amulet) at Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto. Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Francesco Loriggio will be presenting The Last Effort of Dreams: Essays on the Poetry of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco in the Madden Auditorium, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael's College, Toronto. Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • An evening of conversation with Quirks and Quarks producer, Jim Lebans (The Quirks & Quarks Guide to Space), and Quirks and Quarks host, Bob McDonald. At Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto. Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Readings by Nicolas Dickner (Nikolski), Maureen Jennings (The K Handshape), and Beverley Stone (No Beautiful Shore) at the Harbourfront Centre in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Readings by Julie Wilson, Peter Richardson (Sympathy for the Couriers) and Steve Venright (Floors of Enduring Beauty) at the IV Lounge reading series, 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Rozena Maart (The Writing Circle) at Chapters - Square One, 189 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga. Saturday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Shelley Falconer and Shawna White (Stones, Bones & Stitches) at the Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington. Saturday, March 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Combustion), Agnes Walsh (Going Around with Bachelors), and Toronto's Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Monday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Reading by a.rawlings (Wide slumber for lepidopterists) at York University's Canadian Writers in Person lecture series in Accolade West Building, Room 206, York University, Toronto. Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Stan Rogal (As Good As Dead) at WordStage at Cervejaria, 842 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Book Launch for Once Upon a Time in Bollywood: The Global Swing in Hindi Cinema, edited by Gurbir Jolly, Zenia Wadhwani, Deborah Barretto, and Gods in the Bazaar: The Economies of Indian Calendar Art by Kajri Jain at David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham Street, Toronto. Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Visit our events page for event details and more listings.

Open Book