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Dennis McCloskey, Writing for Open Book, Winter Magazine

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto's first writer in residence for 2009 is Dennis McCloskey. Dennis is a journalist, editor and the author of several books. His latest book, My Favorite American, is published by General Store Publishing House. Visit Dennis's page to read his blog, his Ten Questions with Open Book and his recommended websites and reading lists. Send your questions for Dennis to or post your comments to the site.

Have something to say to Open Book's Writer in Residence? Post your questions and comments on the WIR's blog and your name will be entered in a draw for a Sony Reader. Each new posting counts as a new entry - in other words, if you post five comments, you'll have five chances to win the prize. To post a comment, sign in or sign up for a free Open Book account. The winner's name will be selected on February 28th.

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. Here are the details:

Open Book Magazine: If you have an article in mind for Open Book's seasonal online magazine, please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief note about yourself to Open Book's magazine is published in March, June, September and December. We publish original, creative non-fiction with a focus on the Toronto literary scene. Articles run a minimum of 1500 words. Response time is one to three months.

Toronto Profiles: Toronto Profiles in our Around Town section highlight the people, places and things that make up our fine literary scene. If there is someone or something you'd like to profile for this section, please let us know the details at Response time is within a month.

Other Ideas: If you have another idea (beyond the Magazine and Profiles) for Open Book to consider, please let us know the details (topic, format, for what section on the site, about yourself) at Response time is within a month.

To get a sense of the type of profiles and articles we publish, browse through the Toronto Profiles section on Open Book's Around Town page and have a look at the Winter Issue of the Open Book Magazine, which features articles by Stacey May Fowles and Sharon Harris; a 48-Hour Interview with Kim McArthur, president and publisher of McArthur & Company, and Derek Weiler, writer and editor of Quill and Quire; and "The Nameless Holiday," a short story by Shaun Tan. You can also look at our past magazine issues: Fall 2008, Summer 2008, Spring 2008 and Fall 2007.

New on Open Book: We've posted an interview with Linda Rogers (The Empress Letters, Cormorant Books), Ten Questions with Francis Chalifour (Call Me Mimi, Tundra Books), a podcast with Charis Cotter (Kids Who Rule, Annick Press), a holiday story by Marianne Paul (Twice in a Blue Moon, BookLand Press), booklists, videos, news items and much more.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Edward Brown, Sandra Kasturi and Myna Wallin are reading at the Rowers Pub Reading Series at Harbord House, 150 Harbord Street, Toronto. Wednesday, January 7 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
  • A photo exhibit featuring historical images of unrealized architectural dreams from Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been (Dundurn Press) by Mark Osbaldeston is at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, until January 11th.
  • Peter Robinson (Aftermath, McClelland & Stewart) will be at York University's Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series. Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, Accolade West Building, Room 109, Toronto. Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Kyle Buckley (The Laundromat Essay, Coach House Books), Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge, Coach House Books) and Rocco De Giacomo at the Pivot series at The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Questions? Comments? Send them to us to

Best wishes for 2009!
Open Book