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January at OBT

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Dear Readers,

Happy New Year! At Open Book: Toronto, we said goodbye to the last decade with Shaun Smith's Top Ten Literary Feuds of the Aughts and greeted 2010 with Nathaniel G. Moore's New Year's Resolutions: The CanLit Edition. We also welcomed the New Year with our new writer in residence, Emil Sher.

Emil Sher's works include stage plays, screenplays and radio dramas. He is the author of Making Waves (Dundurn Press), Mourning Dove (Playwrights Canada Press), Hana's Suitcase on Stage (Second Story Press) and Beneath the Banyan Tree (Scholastic). Visit his Writer in Residence page to read his blog, his Ten Questions with Open Book and his book and website recommendations. Send your questions and comments for Emil to or sign in and post them on his blog.

It seems everyone is talking about The Carnivore (ECW Press) by Mark Sinnett these days, and with good reason. The Carnivore is a smart, gripping read, "about death and mortality, duty and honour, self abnegation and then, finally, it's about Hurricane Hazel, what it did to an unsuspecting Toronto." Read our Ten Questions with Mark Sinnett and enter our contest to win a signed copy of The Carnivore.

The December Top Ten lists of bestselling books by Canadian authors are in. Visit our Around Town page to see what books readers picked up last month at four of Toronto's finest independent bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Toronto Women's Bookstore.

George A. Walker (A is for Alice, The Porcupine's Quill) answers Open Book's Ten Questions.

In his essay "Dispatches from the Future Bakery," rob mclennan considers the importance of having a room of one's own - or a café of one's own - to write in.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Strong Words No. 56 features readings by Nik Beat, Amy Jones and Rocco de Giacomo at Free Times Café, 320 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, January 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for When Does a Kiss Become a Bite? by Len Gasparini at This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau Street, Toronto. On Tuesday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Pivot Reading Series with readings by Michael Bryson (The Lizard and Other Stories, Chaudiere), Faye Guenther and Bill Kennedy (apostrophe, ECW Press). At the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Dundurn authors Deborah Kerbel, Marina Cohen, and Mahtab Narsimhan will be launching their newest YA novels at Indigo Yorkdale. 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto. On Saturday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Visit our events page for details and for more event listings.

All the best,
Open Book

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