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Dennis McCloskey, Contest, Interviews & Events

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Dear Readers,

In 1991, Dennis McCloskey, Open Book: Toronto's January Writer in Residence, was given the assignment by Books in Canada to ask famous Canadian authors, "What advice would you offer a person who aspires to a writing career?" In his blog entries, "Writerly Advice (Part One)" and "(Part Two)," he shares some authorial wisdom from Joy Fielding, Robertson Davies, Marie-Claire Blais and several others. The number one piece of advice that the writers offered was to read lots and write lots, but they all included other pearls as well, such as, "don't let a day go by without heating up your word processor to incandescence" (Farley Mowat) and "forgive your parents" (June Callwood). Have some writing advice that you'd like to offer? Post it on Dennis's blog and your name will be entered in a draw for a Sony Reader. Click here for full contest details.

Interested in writing for Open Book? If so, we'd love to hear from you. We're accepting submissions for the Open Book Magazine and Toronto Profiles, and we're also interested in hearing about your other ideas for the site. Visit our About page for submission guidelines.

Check out our news page for new Ten Questions interviews with Cyndi Sand-Eveland (Dear Toni, Tundra Books) and Dave Hugelschaffer (One Careless Moment, Cormorant Books). We've also posted a new podcast with Henry Aubin, author of Rise of the Golden Cobra (Annick Press). On Open Book's home page, you'll find a brand new trailer for Underground (Cormorant Books) by June Hutton.

Toronto and area event highlights of the next two weeks:

  • Ian Burgham (The Stone Skippers, Tightrope Books), Michael Fraser (The Serenity of Stone, BookLand Press) and Amanda Hiebert are reading at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, January 20th at 8:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Luciano Iacobelli (The Angel Notebook, Seraphim Editions), Ryan Kamstra (Into the Drowned World, Insomniac Press) and Mick Burrs (AKA Steven Michael Berzensky) (Crossing Lines, Seraphim Editions) at livewords at Cervejaria, 842 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • TINARS for Tots TOTSAPALOOZA features Don Kerr (The Sniffing Princess and the Sweet-Toothed Prince, Dave Bidini (For Those About to Rock: A Road Map to Being in a Band, Tundra Books) and Jarrett J Krosoczka (Punk Farm, Knopf Books), plus music and crafts. At the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Launch of Shaun Smith's Snakes & Ladders (The Dundurn Group). At the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.

For event details and more listings, visit Open Book's Events page.

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Open Book