Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

John Scully, Interviews, Event Coverage and More

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto's August Writer in Residence, John Scully (Am I Dead Yet: A Journalists Perspective on Terrorism, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2008), is filling up his blog with informative critiques of the Olympics, the media, Barak Obama and several other newsworthy items. Even if you don't agree that the Olympic "games should be boycotted" and that Obama has "flip-flopped" on several important issues, you'll want to read his assessments for his sharp and witty style. You can send your emails for John to

Our latest Ten Questions interview is with investigative journalist and feature writer Alex Gillis, author of A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do (ECW Press, September 2008). Tae Kwon Do was developed in Korea in 1938 and is now practiced by an estimated 50 million students and is an Olympic sport. In his interview with Open Book, Gillis discusses the difference between the original style of the sport and the Olympic style, his extensive research for writing his book and the best advice he's received as a writer, as well as several other topics.

This month, Open Book posted new video, audio, photos and event coverage. Visit to watch new videos of the Trillium Book Award readings and ceremony. The videos were sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and produced by Ian Daffern.

For the next few months, we'll be posting podcasts produced by Annick Press in which Annick's writers talk about their books. In the first podcast, Melanie Little discusses her young adult novel, The Apprentice's Masterpiece. We'll post a fresh podcast every two weeks. You can also find a new Dose of No Nonsense from Between the Lines on Open Book's news page. Check it out to find out why "food production is one of the world's dirtiest industries."

Open Book writer Monique Mathew spent the evening of July 29 at the Art Bar Poetry Series for readings by Karen Petersen, James Dewar and OmahaRisinG. Find out about the evening's "very pleasant surprises" on our news page, where you'll also find coverage by photographer Lisa Myers of the Salon des Refuses at the Gladstone on August 13.

Event highlights of the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Cathy Crowe (Dying for a Home, Between the Lines), Dri, Erick Lyle (On the Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of the City, Soft Skull Press), Jeff Miller and Joey Comeau (Lockpick Pornography, Loose Teeth Press) at This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau Street, Toronto. Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Andrew Pyper (The Killing Circle, Random House Canda) in conversation with Nathan Whitlock (A Week of This, ECW Press) at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. On Tuesday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Extra's Writing Outside The Margins is hosted by Ryan G. Hinds and Kristyn Dunnion (Big Big Sky, Red Deer Press) and features many wonderful authors, including Anand Mahadevan (The Strike, TSAR ), Derek McCormack (The Show that Smells, ECW Press), Trish Salah (Wanting in Arabic, TSAR), RM Vaughan (Troubled, Coach House Books) and Zoe Whittall (Bottle Rocket Hearts, Cormorant Books). The Festival is on Church Street between Alexander and Gloucester. Sunday, August 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Rhea Tregebov (Arguing with the Storm, Sumach Press) as part of the Ashkenaz Festival. At the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Sunday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m. for a reading, talk and interview.
  • Reading by Kathy Kacer (The Diary of Laura's Twin, Second Story Press) as part of the Ashkenaz Festival. At the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Monday, September 1 at 2:30 p.m.

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

If you have any questions or comments, drop us a note at We'd love to hear from you.

All the best,
Open Book