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December Highlights from OBT

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Dear Readers,

The Winter Magazine, a contest, a superb Writer in Residence, an elf, interviews and much, much more! Check out what's new on Open Book: Toronto:

Open Book's 2009 Winter Magazine is online. In this issue:

  • The latest installment of our ever-popular 48-Hour Interview series. "Not Your Mother's Library" features Morgan Cowie, BookNet Canada's Marketing Manager, and Deanna McFadden, Online Marketing Manager at HarperCollins Canada, talking about object-ness, digital content and the book of tomorrow.
  • In "Limit and Change," Jon Eben Field considers the importance of the bildungsroman to the development of writers and talks to Lauren Kirshner about her debut novel, Where We Have To Go.
  • Alessandro Porco takes us back to 1980 and across the border to Buffalo in his essay, "Duty Free: The Canadian Poetry Festival."
  • This issue's excerpt is from Blood and Groom (Dundurn Press), Jill Edmonson's debut Sasha Jackson Mystery.

Only two days left to enter a draw to win a copy of City of Words: Toronto Through Her Writers' Eyes. The book's editor, Sarah Elton, has listed some of her favourite things about Toronto. What are yours? List one of your Toronto favourites in the comment space below Sarah's list, and your name will be entered in a draw for a copy of City of Words. The contest ends on December 18th.

Our December Writer in Residence, Karen Shenfeld, is knocking our socks off with her brilliant posts about a "Chance Meeting in the Blogosphere," "The Fetishistic Pleasures of Collecting," her barista, poet Malca Litovitz and much more. You can read Karen's blog at her Writer-In-Residence page.

Scratch one more item off our wish list. We've finally interviewed an elf. That's Abe, the Advent Book Elf who told us all about his long days working for Sean Cranbury and Julie Wilson on their wonderful Advent Book Blog. Here's a taste of what Abe has to say about his job:

For an Elf this is a pretty sweet gig. I mean, I could be fire dancing for caribou snacks on Baffin Island like my friend Charles or flying around the moon for the amusement of the children of the King of Sweden like my cousin Donna, so I really shouldn't complain.

Oh, and we also interviewed Sean and Julie. You can read the interview with the whole Advent Book Blog crew here.

Alex Boyd answers rob mclennan's 12 or 20 questions.

F.G. Paci (Peace Tower, Guernica Editions), jp Rodriguez (The Space Between, Dark Star Fiction) and Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E. Shoemaker (Clay Man, Tundra Books) answer Open Book's Ten Questions.

Check out the latest Rodeo Magic webcomic from CTON.

Catch up on "internet curiosities from the book world" with Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday,
Open Book

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