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July Updates from Open Book

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Dear Readers,

A few highlights and event listings from Open Book: Toronto:

Our lovely, smart and witty writer in residence, Lauren Kirshner (Where We Have to Go, McClelland & Stewart), has been blogging about many illuminating topics, such as novels from the male POV, and she's posted interviews with writers Angela Szczepaniak and Michael Lista. Do you have questions or comments for Lauren about her blog, her writing or CanLit in general? Post them on her blog or send her a note to

For his biweekly Conflict of Interest column, Nathaniel G. Moore talks to Rachel Epstein, author of Who's Your Daddy? And Other Writings on Queer Parenting (Sumach Press).

Ottawa writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan interviewed Derek McCormack (The Show That Smells, ECW Press) for his 12 or 20 questions series.

We've also posted two new interviews for our Ten Questions series. In our interview with Allan Stratton, we talk to him about his award-winning young adult novels, Chanda's Secrets (Annik Press) and Chanda's Wars (HarperCollins Canada), his forthcoming book and his advice for writers who are trying to get published. Don Sawyer, author of the popular children's books The Meanest Teacher in the World and Miss Flint Meets the Great Kweskin (Chestnut Publishing), discusses his writing, his reading and the influence of Canadian culture on his writing.

Never Cry Werewolf? Crabwise to the Hounds of Hell? Our latest poll is courtesy of the wonderful Evan Munday. He asks the very important question, "Which Canadian book would you like to see get the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies treatment?" Pick a title from the list or send in your own title (some readers' brilliant suggestions: "A Complicated Zombie," "The Undead Patient" and "Spook Country of the Undead").

Check out the two latest instalments of Rodeo Drive, the fabulous comic by Clayton Hanmer (aka CTON). You can look at them here and here.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Ian Colford (Evidence, The Porcupine's Quill) and Ahmad Saidullah (Happiness and Other Disorders, Key Porter Books) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Nitin Deckha (Shopping for Sabzi, TSAR Publications) at Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Festival. Fountainhead Dining Room, Exhibition Place, 210 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto. Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Reading and talk by Shane Peacock (Death in the Air and Eye of the Crow, Tundra Books) at the Riverdale Branch of the Toronto Public Library. 370 Broadview Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Go to our events page for details and more event listings.

As always, Shaun Smith's Sunday Sundries is packed full of strange, humorous and interesting news from the book world. Check out his "Weekly Roundup of Internet Curiosities" here.

Toronto's Dundurn Group has been having fun with Bookcrossing and their new mystery book, Grave Doubts. Read more about the book's journey and watch the video Dundurn made about their Bookcrossing expriment.

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All the best,
Open Book