Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

John Scully, event coverage, event photos and more

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto is thrilled to welcome John Scully as our August Writer in Residence. A freelance writer, reporter and producer, John has covered stories in seventy countries for major international and current affairs organizations. His book, Am I Dead Yet? A Journalist's Perspective on Terrorism, was published in spring 2008 by Fitzhenry and Whiteside.

Visit John's WIR page to read his first blog entry, an account of a flawed phlebotomy that led to a hair-raising call from his family doctor. You can also peruse his recommended websites and books lists and read his interview with Open Book.

Toronto writer Monique Mathew covered the Scream in High Park for Open Book. Read Monique's article about the Scream's mainstage event, "an evening of stellar programming, set against the backdrop of trees and a darkening sky," on Open Book's news page. You'll also want to check out David Waldman's photos of the performers and audience at the Scream.

Did you know that "Food systems operate in much the same way as the body's circulatory system, nature's ecosystems, the educational system, the solar system, or the capitalist system, where each part is most deeply understood in relation to the whole"? Between The Lines' biweekly Dose of No-Nonsense will help you understand world food systems and introduce you, in small samplings, to The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food by Wayne Roberts, as well as other guides from BTL's No-Nonsense series.

Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Gil Adamson (The Outlander, House of Anansi Press), Dayle Furlong (Open Slowly, Tightrope Books) and Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes (Travelling Light, Seraphim Editions) at the IV Lounge Reading Series at 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Lisa Forrest (To the Eaves, BlazeVox Books), Catherine Graham (The Red Element, Insomniac Press) and Nathan Whitlock (A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days, ECW Press, 2008) at the Strong Words Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Readings by Robert Earl Stewart, Susan Helwig (Pink Purse Girl, Wolsak and Wynn) and Irene Marques (Wearing Glasses of Water, TSAR Publications) at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. August 5 at 8:00 p.m.

  • 'Salon des Refuses,' a literary discussion featuring panelists Adrian Michael Kelly (Down Sterling Road, Coach House Books), Heather Birrell (I know you are but what am I?, Coach House Books) and others. Moderated by Kim Jernigan of The New Quarterly. At the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, August 13 at 9:30 p.m.

  • Readings by Maggie Helwig (Girls Fall Down, Coach House Books), Stuart Ross (I Cut My Finger, Anvil Press), Tanis Rideout and Terry Trowbridge at Four Triple Five Living Arts Space in Niagara Falls. Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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

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All the best,
Open Book