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Dear Readers,

February highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

We appreciate our e-news subscribers, and to show our love, Open Book is giving away a Kindle in our February Contest. All of you signed up for our biweekly e-news will have your name automatically entered in the draw for the Kindle. Readers who sign up for our e-news before the draw on February 28th will also have their names entered in the contest. Are your friends, work colleagues and family on our e-news list yet? Let them know about this contest - this is definitely a good month to sign up!

And there's another contest.... Open Book and Simon & Schuster are giving away a signed copy of an important, innovative and fun new children's book, E is for Ethics. To enter your name in the draw, read a recent interview with author Ian James Corlett, and send an email to with your answer to the following question: Aside from morals, ethics and values, what does Ian James Corlett think is the biggest challenge that parents of young children face today? The contest closes on February 3rd.

Open Book is pleased to welcome John Oughton as our February 2010 writer in residence. He is the author of several books, including Time Slip: New and Selected Poems, which is forthcoming with Guernica Editions. Visit John's page to read his Ten Questions with Open Book, his reading and website recommendations and his blog. You can post your questions and comments for John onto his blog or send them to

Since our last e-news, Emil Sher has written several more blog entries on subjects as varied as an early morning walk with his dog, "Kickstarting an Idea," editing Paul Quarrington's King Leary for the radio, children and their books, the limits of language and more. Read his blog here.

Check our author blogs page for updates from Linda Rogers, John Moss, Amy Jones and others.

Read Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries and CTON's latest Rodeo Magic webcomic.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Carey Toane, teenah edan and Monica Rosas at Zoots Café, 1438 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Hassan Santur will be reading from his debut novel, Something Remains (Dundurn Press) at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Martha Baillie (The Incident Report, Pedlar Press), Jacob McArthur Mooney (Vox Populism, The Emergency Response Unit) and Damian Rogers (Paper Radio, ECW Press) at The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Diaspora Dialogues with Anar Ali, Autorickshaw Trio (Indo-jazz-funk fusion featuring Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley and Dylan Bell), Sean Dixon, Sheila Heti, Nalo Hopkinson, Joseph Kertes, Sandy Pool, Andrew Pyper, Stuart Ross, Olive Senior, Antanas Sileika, David Storch, Andrea Thompson, Sasha Van Bon Bon, Michelle Wan and more. At the The Roof Salon at the Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road, Toronto. Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Pedlar Press's Dark Valentine's Monday Pedlar with Martha Baillie, Ronna Bloom, Jason Hrivnak, Jaqueline Larson, Jacob Wren and Souvankham Thammavongsa at 581 Markham Street (2nd floor), Toronto. Monday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m.

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

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All the best,
Open Book

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