Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto can help you with your summer reading. Not only is our site filled with fascinating author interviews, author blogs, videos, articles and news items, all letting you know about the wonderful books published in Canada, we're also giving you many fun chances to win FREE BOOKS.

Win a collection of Trillium Book Award finalists' books! That's a summer's worth of fantastic Ontario reading. To enter, fill in a five-minute survey to tell us what you think of us. We'd love to hear your opinions about

Our June Writer-in-Residence is the very talented Alessandro Porco, and we're giving away a copy of his amazing book, Augustine in Carthage (ECW Press). Click here for details.

Open Book and Maple Pictures are giving away 25 pairs of tickets to the June 16th screening of Winter's Bone at Varsity Cinemas. The first 10 winners of the Winter's Bone contest will also receive a copy of the novel by Daniel Woodrell. Click here for details.

Win a copy of Hide Your Life Away by Carol Little. You can find full details here.

Mark your calendars, the second Toronto Literary Salon will take place Tuesday, June 22, at the much-buzzed-about Thompson Toronto, featuring an amazing roster — French and English finalists for the 2010 Trillium Book Awards. Leading the English Salon is our fearless and witty Salon Host, Nathan Whitlock and we'll announce our French host soon. You can find more details on our Events Page.

Alessandro Porco, author of Augustine in Carthage and The Jill Kelly Poems and editor of Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey, is Open Book's June Writer-in-Residence. Visit his WIR page to read his blog and his Ten Questions with Open Book and to peruse his reading and website recommendations. Alessandro would love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to or sign in and leave a comment on his blog.

We've posted two brand-new videos for Whazamo! Ontario Graphic Novel Month. Vepo Studios created a two-part series for Open Book called State of the Art. The videos take a close look at the methods and means contemporary cartoonists use to express themselves. The first part, Self-Publishing, explores the tenacity of print culture in the age of the web. The second part, Web Comics, looks at the next generation of cartoonists who are breaking new ground online.

Check out our latest interviews with Erik Rutherford, Jo Rioux, Maxwell Newhouse, Bill Douglas, Marla Stewart Konrad, Ashley Spires, Alexandra Popoff and Megan Speers.

Melanie Janisse writes about ropes, tattoos, kevin mcpherson eckhoff and Coach House Books in her essay "Coach House Spring Launch and Rope Letters."

In his essay "Valentine's Day, the Royal York Hotel," rob mclennan writes about hotels and literature.

Becky Toyne explains her "huge crush" on Stroll by Shawn Micallef in her essay "Toronto the Good and Well Written."

Make sure to check out Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries and CTON's latest Rodeo Magic webcomic.

Marta Chudolinska, our May Writer in Residence, created several wonderful webcomics for Open Book. You can find them on her Author Blog and at our Whazamo! page.

Remember to check Open Book's Events Page to find out about the many launches, readings, signings and workshops happening in and around Toronto.

Like us? Love us? Think we could be better? Again, please take five minutes to fill in this brief survey and tell us what you think. Remember, you might win a collection of Trillium Book Award finalists' books!

All the best,
Open Book

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