Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

January Updates from OBT

Share |

Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto's Writer in Residence, Emil Sher, has been writing beautiful and thought-provoking blog entries about a variety of topics: piano lessons at fifty, coming up with a good title, the pleasure of reading aloud (and being read to) , Haiti, the beauty of everyday language and more. Send your questions and comments for him to or post them on his blog.

Open Book is giving away a signed copy of the book everyone is talking about this winter, Mark Sinnett's novel, The Carnivore (ECW Press). How do you enter the contest for this fine prize? Read our Ten Questions with Mark Sinnett. Contest details are included in the introduction. Also on the site is a video of Mark reading from his novel at the ECW Press Fall Lit Party.

Four writers answered our Ten Questions and, among other things, told us about their ideal writing environment:

Brian Day: "Silent and with a closed door. With a wide window facing trees and sky."

Jeffrey Round: "I spend a month or more in Mexico each winter and rent a studio apartment with a turret.... I have to curtain it off partially in order to concentrate or I'd end up watching the whales and sailboats instead of writing."

Melanie Janisse: "I love writing in my café [Zoots].... I sit in the window and dream about words, smelling of yeast and flour, hoping to see the faces of my wonderful community, feed them and collaborate in civic politics, in poetry, in joy."

Paul Bélanger: "There is no ideal environment. I don't need much in order to write - just four walls. But when a serious failure occurred, I would jump into the car and drive downriver, towards Notre-Dame-du-Portage...."

rob mclennan interviews writer, editor and publisher Sarah Pinder about her first zine, her writing routine, the role of the writer and much more. Read it here.

In a three-part interview, writer and editor Elana Wolff interviews Regine Kurek about her art, anthroposophy and a series of books she's working on. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two months:

  • Bookclub-in-a-Box Open House at 875 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite #210, Toronto. Thursday, January 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Reading and signing by Jill Edmondson (Blood and Groom, Dundurn Press) at University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto. Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Edible City (Coach House Books) contributors Kathryn Borel Jr. and Erik Rutherford read as part of a special food-themed edition of the Toronto Reading Series. Dr. Joey Schulman (Healthy Sin Food) and Rick Gallop (The 2010 Revised G.I. Diet) are also reading. At Commensal Restaurant, 655 Bay Street, Toronto. Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Chris Eaton, Lynn McClory and Lindsay Zier-Vogel reading at the Pivot Reading Series at the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for OutSpoken: A Canadian Collection of Lesbian Scenes and Monologues (Playwrights Canada Press) at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto. Monday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Visit our Events page for details and for more listings.

Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries looks at slush piles, book thieves and book gimmickry.

Check our Author Blogs for updates from Robert Paul Weston, John Moss and others.

Questions? Comments? Send them to We'd love to hear from you.

All the best,
Open Book

Join us on Facebook and Twitter.