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Kickstart, Fiery First Fiction, event listings and much more

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Dear Readers,

This month, Open Book: Toronto is featuring not one, not two but three Writers in Residence who will dazzle you with their blog entries, inspire you with their reading lists and entertain you with their answers to Open Book's Q&A. Alexander Herman, Paul Matthews and Andrew Feindel are the authors of Kickstart: How Successful Canadians Got Started (Dundurn Press). Want to know how June Callwood, Karen Kain, Raffi and other illustrious Canadians started their careers? Pick up a copy of Kickstart to find out. Alexander, Paul and Andrew will be blogging for Open Book while crossing the country for their book tour. They'll be checking their email regularly, so send your questions and comments to writer@openbooktoronto.com.

For our May contest, Open Book and the Literary Press Group of Canada have teamed up to offer you four chances to win a library of seven new books by the buzzed-about authors involved in the LPG's Fiery First Fiction Campaign. The aim of the campaign is to introduce readers to an exciting roster of first-time fiction writers and their new books. Click here to find out how to enter the contest and about the spectacular list of books you could win. In addition to the collection of books, the winner will also receive a jaunty FFF book bag.

Even if you don't win, you can still have your own jaunty FFF bag by heading to a participating bookstore and picking up a copy of one of those fine FFF books. The LPG is hosting FFF events across Canada during May. The Toronto event is on May 12 at Supermarket. Go to our events page for details.

In our most recent contest, Open Book and Key Porter gave away three copies of the DVD of Rob Stewart's jaw-dropping documentary Sharkwater and three copies of the companion volume to the film, Sharkwater: An Odyssey To Save The Planet. Congratulations to the winners! If you didn't enter the contest, you can still find out about Stewart's documentary and book, and his remarkable work for shark preservation, by reading his interview with Open Book.

We have several new interviews posted on Open Book. The latest authors to answer our Ten Questions about their reading and writing are Anne Simpson (Falling, McClelland & Stewart), Mark Blagrave (Silver Salts, Cormorant Books) and Jacob McArthur Mooney (The New Layman's Almanac, McClelland & Stewart). On our news page, you'll also find a brand new interview with JoAnn Dion, the author of Little Emperors: A Year With the Future of China (Dundurn Press).

Our current Video of the Week was filmed for Open Book by journalist Ian Daffern at "From Page to Screen," an event hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The event brought together producers and publishers to discuss and encourage the adaptation of Canadian books for film and television. The good cheer and enthusiasm evident in this video suggests that there may be some interesting new projects in the works.

Photographer Lisa Myers has been stepping out to take pictures for Open Book at Toronto literary events. Most recently, she snapped some terrific photos at the launch for A Week of This (ECW Press) by Nathan Whitlock and the launch for Toronto: A City Becoming (Key Porter Books), edited by David Macfarlane. You can see the photos on Open Book's Flickr page.

As part of the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, David Mirvish Books (596 Markham Street) is holding an exhibition of photographs from the beautiful new books, Toronto: A City Becoming and The Royal Alexandra Theatre: A Celebration of 100 Years (McArthur & Company), by Robert Brockhouse. This exhibition runs until August.

There are heaps of fun and illuminating literary events in and around Toronto over the next two weeks. Highlights include:

  • Launch for Girls Fall Down (Coach House Books) by Maggie Helwig at the Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street. Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Fitzhenry & Whiteside Poetry Launch for Sky Atlas by Alan R. Wilson and The Day in Moss by Eric Miller. At Bar Italia, 582 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Stephen Cain (American Standard/ Canada Dry, Coach House Books), Gale Zoë Garnett (Visible Amazement) and Olive Senior (Shell, Insomniac Press) are reading at the Rowers Pub Reading Series at Harbord House, 150 Harbord Street, Toronto. Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Launch for Naomi's Tree (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) written by Joy Kogawa and illustrated by Ruth Ohi at The Japan Foundation, Toronto Event Hall, 131 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor, Colonnade Building. Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge, Coach House Books), Stephen Cain (American Standard/Canada Dry, Coach House Books) and Monica Rosas at Cervejaria, 842 College Street, as part of Toronto WordStage. Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

  • The IV Lounge Reading Series is celebrating its 10th anniversary with readings by Elyse Friedman, Paul Vermeersch, Matthew Fox, Colin Carberry, Karen Press, Rick Crilly, Jacob Scheier, Adrienne Weiss, Rabea Murtaza and John McFetridge. At the IV Lounge, 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Karol Zelazny will be signing copies of his book, Walk on Water in the World of Symptoms (BookLand Press), at Chapters Square One, 198 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga. Saturday, May 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Launch for The Lucky Ones: Our Stories of Adopting Children from China (ECW Press) edited by Ann Rauhala is at The Atrium, George Vari Engineering Building, 3rd Floor, Ryerson University, 245 Church Street, Toronto. On Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Fiery First Fiction readings featuring Tricia Dower (Silent Girl, Ianna Publications ), Pamela Stewart (Elysium, Anvil Press), Nila Gupta (The Sherpa and Other Fictions, Sumach Press), Lien Chao (The Chinese Knot, TSAR Publications), Shari Lapena (Things Go Flying, Brindle & Glass), Nathan Whitlock (A Week of This, ECW Press) and Claudia Dey (Stunt, Coach House Books). At Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Monday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Launch for Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists (Coach House Books) by Mike Hoolboom at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Launch for My Life As a Dame: The Personal and the Political in the Writings of Christina McCall (Anansi), edited by Stephen Clarkson, at Alumni Hall, Victoria College, 73 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto. Tuesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Visit our events page for event details and for more listings.

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All the best,
Open Book