Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

July at OBT: New Writer in Residence, New Issue of Magazine and More

Share |

Fresh & Local: Your connection to Toronto's vibrant literary scene

Dear Readers,

July updates from Open Book: Toronto:


NEW WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE: THOM VERNON

Thom Vernon, author of The Drifts (Coach House Books), is our July 2010 writer-in-residence. He's been blogging about exile, independent bookstores, Brick and more, and he's interviewed K.D. Miller (Brown Dwarf, Biblioasis). Also on Thom's WIR page are his Recommended Reading and Website lists and his interview with Open Book.

Thom would love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments for Thom to writer@openbooktoronto.com or post them directly onto his blog. As a matter of fact, Thom challenges you to engage with him (keep reading).


WIN A COPY OF THE DRIFTS: THOM VERNON'S COMPETITION

Thom writes, "I'm introducing a little healthy competition. I write, you engage. Altho' it's totally subjective, whichever of you OB-ers engage with me the most substantively during the residency will get an inscribed copy of The Drifts and, if you're down for it, I'll buy you a coffee, a beer or a drink. Your choice. This is a community-building endeavour, not a ploy for dates. My dude keeps me fat and sassy. So, please, knock yourself out."

Open Book and Coach House Books are also giving away a copy of The Drifts (but without the bonus of Thom's company). You can find the details here.


DIVE INTO OUR SUMMER MAGAZINE

Our Summer 2010 Magazine is online!

Want to know where Toronto's literary hot spots are? We talk to designers Marcelo Hong and Matt Wiechec, who take us on a tour of literary Toronto with their interactive map in "We Were Randomly Assigned Literature."

The participants in "Eye on the Prize," our latest 48-Hour Interview, are Diane Miljours, Officer in charge of the Governor General's Literary Awards, and Elana Rabinovitch of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and also founder and director of the media-relations company Propaganda Ink. They talk about their career paths, writing and the pleasure of overseeing two of Canada's biggest literary awards.

"The often-cited query that hums just beneath the surface of publishing reads something like this: What will the future of the book look like, how will technology shape and reshape what we read and how we read it?" Brooke Ford contemplates the book as technology in her essay, "The Topography from Here."

Melanie Janisse's "Springsong" may inspire you to hop on the ferry and head to Pelee Island. Writers, birds, friendship, food, poetry, arrowheads, Brian Brett, rubber chickens and an absent Margaret Atwood weave through Janisse's account of her visit to the island for the annual Pelee Spring Song.


THE GRIFFINS, FLOATING BODIES AND SUMMER READING: OBT'S FEATURED ARTICLES

In her lastest column for Open Book, Becky Toyne writes about "The CanPub World Cup of Bookball."

Melanie Janisse attended the Griffin Awards and writes about it for Open Book in her essay, "Opulent Poems."

Elana Wolff Interviews Julie Roorda in "Of Blurbs, Bugs and Floating Bodies."

Not sure what to read this summer? See what experts Ben McNally and Lynn Thompson recommended in their annual Summer Reading Presentation. Hilary Fair covered the event for Open Book.


INTERVIEWS & REGULARS

Evan Munday, illustrator and publicist for Coach House Books, and Chris Szego, manager of Bakka Phoenix, both answered the Proust Questionnaire.

Our latest Top Ten interviews are with Tom Warner and Betsy Warland.

Get your "weekly roundup of Internet curiosities from the book world" with Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries.

Check out CTON's latest Rodeo Magic webcomic.


THE SCREAM LITERARY & MORE EVENT LISTINGS

The Scream Literary Festival kicked off yesterday and runs until July 12. You don't want to miss it — you can "Choose your own poetic adventure"; attend a gala, workshops and readings; eat scrumptious food while taking in a book-length reading by Margaret Christakos; and sit under the stars for a magical evening at the Scream in High Park Mainstage event.

Find details for Scream events on our Events Page, where you'll also find listings for many more literary events taking place in and around Toronto this summer. Enjoy!


We'd love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to clelia@openbooktoronto.com.

All the best,
Open Book

Join us on Facebook & Twitter