Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Kathy Kacer, Events and Interviews

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto is pleased to announce that award-winning author Kathy Kacer is our December Writer in Residence. Kathy is a children's author whose focus is historical fiction and non-fiction about the Holocaust. Her most recent book is The Diary of Laura's Twin (Second Story Press). Visit Kathy's page to read her blog and her Ten Questions with Open Book and to check out her reading and website recommendations. You can post your questions and comments for Kathy onto the website or send an email to

We've posted two new videos by Ian Daffern on Open Book. In the Toronto Talks section of the Around Town page, you'll find a video of painter Jinny Yu and Eleanor Johnston of David Mirvish Books playing word association with Ian. Check out the shots of Jinny's striking paintings. Jinny's first catalogue, Jinny Yu, was published this fall by University of Ottawa Press in conjunction with her gallery. Ian also headed to Get Lit for Open Book on November 19 to film readers and party-goers. Get Lit was held at the Gladstone Hotel and featured readings by David Miller, Vincent Lam, George Stroumboulopoulos, Amy Verner, Carol Huynh, Elvira Kurt and Ken Setterington.

The latest event photos on Open Book are from the launch for Belonging and Banishment (TSAR Publications), edited by Natasha Bakht, and from TSAR's Fall Launch at the Gladstone Hotel. Photographer Lisa Myers covered the TSAR launch. Check the website in a week for photos from the TINARS for Tots Extravagant Holiday Bonanza.

Our latest Toronto Profile is of the Rowers Pub Reading Series. You can find it, along with past profiles, book lists, event photos and videos, on the Around Town page. Also new on the site is an Annick Podcast with Lawrie Raskin, author of 52 Days by Camel, and Ten Questions interviews with Irene N. Watts (Good-Bye Marianne, Tundra Books) and Jack Mitchell (Ancient Ocean Blues, Tundra Books).

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings and talk by Jan Rehner (On Pain of Death, Sumach Press), Allan Levine (Evil of the Age: The Charles St. Clair Chronicle, Heartland Assoc.) and Morley Torgov (Murder in A-Major, Rendez-Vous Crime) at the Barbara Frum Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 20 Covington Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Reading by Peter Robinson (Piece of My Heart, McClelland & Stewart) at the Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series in the Accolade West Building, Room 109, York University. Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Launch for Valmiki's Daughter by Shani Mootoo (House of Anansi Press) at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Readings by Ken Babstock (Airstream Land Yacht, House of Anansi), Heather Cadsby (Could be, Brick Books), Jeramy Dodds (Crabwise to the Hounds, Coach House Press) and Bill Howell (Ghost Test Flights) at the Rowers Pub Reading Series, Harbord House, 150 Harbord Street, 2nd floor, Toronto. Wednesday December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Launch for is/was (Insomniac Press) by Jenny Sampirisi at the Cameron House, 408 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Illustrated lecture by Mark Osbaldeston (Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City that Might Have Been, Dundurn Press) in the Signy and Cleophee Eaton Theatre at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto. Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.

  • TINARS for Tots Extravagant Holiday Bonanza with Claudia Dey (Stunt, Coach House Books), Clayton Hanmer (Super A-maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics! , Owl Kids), Ruth Ohi (Chicken, Pig, Cow, Annick Press) and Zach Wells and Rachel Lebowitz (Anything But Hank, Biblioasis). At the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St West, Toronto. Saturday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Reading by Kyle Buckley (The Laundromat Essay, Coach House Books) at Hamilton's LitLive at the Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William Street, Hamilton. Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Readings by Laura Farina (This Woman Alphabetical, Pedlar Press), Afua Cooper (Copper Woman and Other Poems, Natural Heritage Press) and Norm Cristofoli at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Go to Open Book's events page for event details and more listings.

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Open Book