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June at OBT: Toronto Literary Salon, Alessandro Porco and More

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Dear Readers,

Join us for the next Toronto Literary Salon, brush up on your poetry with Writer-in-Residence Alessandro Porco and check out our latest features, regulars and event listings. Here are the mid-June updates from Open Book: Toronto.

Toronto Literary Salon

The second Toronto Literary Salon will take place Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30) at the much-buzzed-about Thompson Toronto. The evening features an amazing roster of French and English finalists for the 2010 Trillium Book Awards. This Salon will have two discussions happening at the same time — English in one side of the Thompson's Ballroom and French in the Screening Room. Join one Salon conversation or the other, or feel extra-Canadian and wander between the two languages.

Leading the English Salon is our Salon Host, Nathan Whitlock and featured finalists Susan Holbrook, Alexandra Leggat, Emily Schultz, Karen Solie, Cordelia Strube and Matthew Tierney. Leading the French Salon is our Salon Host, Marc LeMyre, and featured finalists Ryad Assani-Razaki, Nicole Champeau, Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Daniel Soha, Jacqueline Borowick and Michèle Matteau. We are delighted that Ben McNally Books will join this Salon and have all the finalists' books on display.

You can find the full Toronto Literary Salon details here. See you there!

Alessandro Porco

Open Book's June Writer-in-Residence, Alessandro Porco will guide you to some fabulous poetry. On his WIR page, he writes about Steve Venright, Daniel F. Bradley and New Buffalo Poets, he interviews George Murray, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Sheryda Warrener, and these are just a few of his outstanding blog entries. You can send your questions and comments for Alessandro to or post them directly to his page.

Send an email to with the title of one of Alessandro's Reading Recommendations, and your name will be entered in a draw for a copy of his book, Augustine in Carthage, and Other Poems (ECW Press). The contest closes on June 30.

Features, Regluars & Interviews

rob mclennan takes us on a tour of Front Street in "Nights Below Front Street East."

Sue Chenette visits her hometown and gives a reading in her essay "A Fine Afternoon." She asks, "What would you do if you gave a poetry reading and nobody came?"

"How to have your pretentious writerly Ludite cake and eat it too," "How to (not) behave around an author," "How to (not) get an agent," "How to (not) sell your stolen Shakespeare folio" and more on Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries.

The "9 am march" on CTON's latest Rodeo Magic webcomic.

Visit Open Book to read interviews with Mark Dickinson and Clare Goulet, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Talia Zajac, Robin Richardson, Nazneen Sheikh and Sheniz Janmohamed.

Wait, there's more!

This Magazine is back with its annual search for the best and brightest in Canadian fiction — and this year, they've added a new category. For the first time, a prize will be awarded for best graphic narrative. Find the full details here.

For Toronto and area readings, signings, workshops and other events, go to our Events Page.

We'd love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to

All the best,
Open Book

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