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July Highlights from Open Book

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Dear Readers,

The past few weeks have been busy at Open Book: Toronto. We posted two new issues of our magazine, added a weekly comic to our regular features, selected a winner for our June contest (congratulations Marci Cantania!), found out what books Torontonians are buying and, as we do every month, we welcomed a new writer in residence.

Lauren Kirshner
We are thrilled to announce that Lauren Kirshner, author of Where We Have to Go (McClelland & Stewart, 2009), is our July Writer in Residence. Visit her WIR page to read her Ten Questions with Open Book and her book and website recommendations. In her blog, she lets us know what to expect in her July posts ("Variety. Mix and match. Separates, as the Sears catalogue calls it") and lets us in on some of her and her friends' favourite places in Toronto to read and write (the "basement of the Y," "the Common on College" and "at the tree just east of the rainbow painted wolf" in Trinity Bellwoods Park, to name a few spots). Send your comments and questions for Lauren to or post them onto her blog.

This month we've got two brand-new magazine issues for you to peruse. Our Summer Magazine features the 48-Hour Interview with Steven W. Beattie and George Murray, an article on Broken Pencil by Lindsay Gibb, an article by Tanis Rideout about Literature for Life and an excerpt from A Cold Season in Shanghai (RendezVous Press/ Napoleon & Company) by S.P. Hozy.

Want to get the inside scoop on the Scream Literary Festival that's running until July 13th? Then check out the special Scream edition of our magazine, with articles by Chris Bucci, Zoe Whittall and Jason McArthur Mooney and an interview with the festival's Artistic Director, Bill Kennedy, by Leigh Nash. You can find the details for the many marvelous Scream events on Open Book's events page.

In the fourth episode of our video series Type, playwright and novelist Claudia Dey (Stunt, Coach House Books) and dancer Rex Harrington talk to each other in the Tower Suite at the Gladstone Hotel and reflect on what motivates them as artists. Watch it here.

Top Tens
Need to some suggestions for your summer reading? Look to our June Top Ten lists to see what your fellow readers are buying at four of Toronto's finest bookstores: Bakka-Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Toronto Women's Bookstore.

The amazing Clayton Hanmer has posted the first installment of his weekly webcomic, Rodeo Magic, on Open Book. Rodeo Magic "will follow the adventures & observations of a comic-loving hick who has relocated to the Big Smoke to pursue his dream of working as a professional creative person." You can find the comic on our homepage most Fridays and on Clayton's blog.

Ontario Graphic Novel Month is over, but we've got a Whazamo! Bonus Track for you. Toronto cartoonist Jeff Lemire (Essex County) talks to Vepo Studios about current and future projects.

Shaun Smith's Sunday Sundries
Every week, Shaun Smith sifts through the book news to bring you a "roundup of internet curiosities from the book world." Read his Sunday Sundries for the funniest, strangest, must-read book stories on the Internet.

Broken Pencil Fantasy Party Contest
You've still got time to enter the Broken Pencil Fantasy Party contest. Fifteen lucky finalists will get to attend the night of "indie hipsterdom." To enter the contest, subscribe to Broken Pencil before July 10th. Read the full contest details here. The contest deadline is July 10th.

Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Scream Festival: Five New Manifestos on the Book with Caitlin Fisher, Bill Kennedy (The Apostrophe Engine, ECW Press), Margaret Christakos (What Stirs, Coach House Books) and Jay MillAr (Double Helix, The Mercury Press). Also the Launch for the Summer 2009 issue of Open Letter with contributors Angela Rawlings (Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists, Coach House Books), Trish Salah (Wanting In Arabic, TSAR Publications), Erin Gray and Jenny Sampirisi (Is/Was, Insomniac Press). At Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Scream Festival: Joyland Joyathon with readings by Claudia Dey, Rebecca Rosenblum, Stacey May Fowles, Bruce LaBruce, Zoe Whittall, Kevin Connolly, Carl Wilson, Emily Holton, Faye Guenther, Lynn Henry and Michael Holmes. Hosted by Brian Joseph Davis and Emily Schultz. At The Stealth Lounge, 22 Cumberland Street,
    Toronto. Wednesday, July 8 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Scream Festival: Comics to the Rescue: Comic Artists Save the Day featuring Kate Beaton, Willow Dawson, Evan Munday, Claire Nobbs, Mariko Tamaki and Angela Szczepaniak and artists Hope Larson, Steve Rolston, stef lenk, Jeff Lemire, Jillian Tamaki and Matt Forsythe. Hosted by Elvira Kurt. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto. Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Scream Festival: Book-Length Dinner with Dennis Lee. $40 for dinner plus reading, $15 for reading only. At the Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, Toronto. Friday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Scream Festival: Scream in High Park featuring Oana Avasilichioaei, Wakefield Brewster, Margaret Christakos, Peter Culley, Jeramy Dodds, Paul Dutton and Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Lisa Foad, Susan Holbrook, Ryan Kamstra, Shani Mootoo, Andrew Pyper and Adam Sol. Dream Stage in High Park, Toronto. Monday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Desi Di Nardo (The Plural of Some Things, Guernica Editions), Paulos Ioannou (The Age of Hydra) and Lauren Carter (Lichen Bright, Your Scrivener Press) at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Reading by Michael Fraser (The Serenity of Stone, BookLand Press) and the launch of Doug Roy and Jen Londry's Life and Death in Cheap Motels. At Hot-Sauced Words, 154 Danforth Avenue (2nd floor), Toronto. Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Stephanie Dickison, author of The 30-Second Commute (ECW Press) will be appearing at Broadview Espresso, 817 Broadview Avenue, Toronto. From 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

For details and more event listings, visit our events page.

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All the best,
Open Book