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Dear Readers,

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

Open Book's June Contest: We want to help you stock up on your summer reading! For our June contest, we're giving away stacks fantastic books by Ontario authors. Comment on an interview in the Ten Questions Trillium Finalists Series or comment on a post by our Writer in Residence, Gregory Betts, and your name will be entered in a draw for an Ontario Author Prizepack. The Prizepack consists of: a $100 gift certificate for The Book Mark; a copy of The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays of Bertram Brooker by Gregory Betts; and all seventeen of the Trillium Book Award-nominated titles (go to the contest page for the full list and for links to the Ten Questions Trillium Finalists Series). Each comment counts as a new entry. To post a comment, sign in or sign up for a free Open Book account.

Broken Pencil's Fantasy Party Contest: Our friends at Broken Pencil magazine are holding a Fantasy Party with DJ Hemingway and musical guests Whale Tooth on Friday, August 21. Fifteen contest finalists will get to attend the night of "indie hipsterdom." To enter the contest, subscribe to Broken Pencil for $10, and your name will be included in a draw for tickets to the party. Read the full contest details here. The contest deadline is July 10th.

Open Book's June Writer in Residence, Gregory Betts, is blogging from abroad. He recently gave a reading in Oslo and wound up discussing Canadian poetry with a roomful of Norwegians. His blog leads us through "The Messy Garden of Contemporary Poetics" and offers a thoughtful comparison of European cities with Canadian cities. You'll also find reviews, poetry and much more at his WIR page. Gregory would love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to, or post them directly to his blog.

Nathan Whitlock interviewed senior editor of Granta and former Torontonian, Rosalind Porter, about the magazine, the role of literary quarterlies, Canadian literature and many other topics.

Nathaniel G. Moore interviewed "Ottawa rogue poet and small press editor" rob mclennan for his biweekly Conflict of Interest column. He also interviewed Stacey May Fowles about the launch of the new book she co-edited with Megan Griffith Greene, She's Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out, and fighting back.

Our Toronto Profiles section features an interview with Jacob McArthur Mooney, author of The New Layman's Almanac (McClelland & Stewart, 2008), by rob mclennan.

As part of our Ten Questions series, Open Book interviewed two winners in the Toronto Arts Council Foundation's Get Lit! Competition. The competition was held this spring in association with Lit City. Philip Quinn won for his series of poems The SubWay with accompanying photographs. Goran Boskovic was a winner for his video, obscure(d).

One of the year's most anticipated literary festivals starts on July 2nd with Die Scream Die! A Musical Revue, featuring some of your favourite local authors, and wraps up on July 13th with the renowned Scream in High Park. And in between those two dates, there are heaps of fabulous Scream events, which you can find out about on our events page.


  • Launch for Where We Have To Go (McClelland & Stewart) by Lauren Kirschner at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Death In Key West (Cormorant Books) by Jeffrey Round at The Moose Factory, 22 Grange Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, June 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Andrea Gunraj (The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha, Knopf Canada), Shani Mootoo (Valmiki's Daughter, House of Anansi) and Emily Schultz (Heaven Is Small, House of Anansi) at Commensal Vegetarian Restaurant, 655 Bay Street, Toronto. Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Agnes Walsh (Going Around With Bachelors, Brick Books), Christine Thorpe (A Rind of Sun, Serengeti Press) and David O'Meara (Noble Gas, Penny Black, Brick Books) at the Artbar Poetry Series, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Karen Solie (Pigeon, House of Anansi) and Patrick Warner (Mole, House of Anansi) at This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau Street, Toronto. Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Jacob Scheier (More to Keep Us Warm, ECW Press), Rocco De Giacomo (Catching Dawn's Breath, LyricalMyrical Press) and Nashira Dernesch (This Snowing Under, Emergency Response Unit) at livewords at Cervejaria, 842 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings and signings by Anansi authors Lisa Moore (February), Shani Mootoo (Valmiki's Daughter), Karen Solie (Pigeon) and Emily Schultz (Heaven Is Small). At McNally Robinson at Don Mills,
    1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto. Monday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Carolyn Smart (Hooked, Brick Books), Nic Labriola (Naming the Mannequins, Insomniac Press) and Barbara Landry (This is How I Love You, Quattro Books) at the Artbar Poetry Series, Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m.

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

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