Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Linda Rogers, new contest, interviews, events and more

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Dear Readers,

Linda Rogers is Open Book: Toronto's November Writer in Residence. She is the author of the novels Say My Name (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), Friday Water (Cormorant Books, 2003) and The Empress Letters (Cormorant Books, 2007). She has also published several collections of poetry, including The Bursting Test (Guernica Editions, 2002). Visit her WIR page to read her blog, her Ten Questions with Open Book, her list of recommended websites and her recommended reading list. Send your questions for Linda to or sign up for an Open Book account and post your questions and comments onto the website.

This November, Open Book is giving away a prize pack of $200 in books! To enter the contest, simply recommend a book or post a comment on the Open Book website and your name will be entered in the draw for the prize pack of four gift certificates: a $50 gift certificate from each of the bookstores featured in our monthly Top Ten lists. Each new posting counts as a new entry -- in other words, if you post ten comments, you'll have ten chances to win this stupendous prize. Remember, to recommend books or comment on the site, you need to have a free Open Book account. The winner's name will be selected on November 30.

Wonder where the writers drink in this town? Check out the Toronto Talks section of Open Book's Around Town page for a brand new, exclusive Open Book feature: Open Bar: Toronto. Open Bar is a series of audio slideshows produced by Ian Daffern, in which he interviews local writers in their favourite Toronto watering holes. In the inaugural Open Bar segment, Ian interviews Michael Knox, author of The North End Poems (ECW Press, 2008), at the Cornerstone on College Street.

You can also find a new video series from Annick Press on Open Book. Annick teamed up with BookShorts to produce video trailers for four of their new novels. The theme of the videos is Africa Then and Now. Last week, Open Book's video of the week was the trailer for The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland. The two authors celebrated the launch for their book on October 27 at the Gladstone. This week, we're featuring the trailer for Rise of the Golden Cobra by Henry Aubin in the video-of-the-week spot on our homepage.

Canzine, Canada's largest zine fair and festival of alternative culture, took place on October 26 at the Gladstone Hotel. Sharon Harris snapped photos of the crowds, displays and readings for Open Book. Monique Mathew also covered the event, writing "The non-stop activities, coupled with rows and rows of zine creators, their zine tables and the zineophiles who shyly read their wares, made for a cacophonous and fun afternoon at the Gladstone." You can read Monique's article and browse through Sharon's photos in The Scene section of the Around Town page.

We've posted new interviews on Open Book. Go to our news page to read Ten Questions interviews with Margaret Christakos (What Stirs, Coach House Books), Edo van Belkom (Wolf Man, Tundra Books), Anne Grey (Healer's Touch, Sumach Press), Rosine Nimeh-Mailloux (The Madwoman of Bethlehem, Second Story Press) and Maggie Siggins (Marie-Anne, McClelland & Stewart) and. You'll also find a Coach House interview with acclaimed filmmaker Mike Hoolboom, author of The Steve Machine.

Browse through the Open Book news features to read Cormorant Books author Mark Blagrave blog about "The Virtual Audience," to flip through Images from the Neocerebellum (The Porcupine's Quill) by George A. Walker and to listen to Annick podcasts with authors Mark Oakley (The Seventh Expert) and Mariatu Kamara (The Bite of the Mango).

A reminder that Get Lit is on November 19 at the Gladstone - that's just a few weeks away, so now is the time to buy your tickets. Get Lit is a reading series which features Canadian celebrities reading a piece of writing that has inspired them to achieve their own success. The proceeds from ticket sales go to The Running and Reading Club, an after school program that encourages physical activity and the love of reading in children from underprivileged neighbourhoods across Canada. Click here to find out more about Get Lit.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Barry Dempster (The Burning Alphabet, Brick Books), Beatriz Hausner (The Wardrobe Mistress, Ekstasis Editions) and Marilyn Gear Pilling (Cleavage: a Life in Breasts, Black Moss Press) at the Rowers Pub Reading Series, 150 Harbord Street, Toronto. Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Reading by Kathy Kacer (The Diary of Laura's Twin, Second Story Press) as part of the Jewish Book Fair's school program in the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre's theatre, 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Thursday, November 6 at 10:30 a.m.

  • Launch for What Stirs (Coach House Books) by Margaret Christakos at David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham Street, Toronto. Thursday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Launch for painter Jinny Yu's catalogue, which is published this fall by University of Ottawa Press in conjunction with Yu's gallery. At David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham Street, Toronto. Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. An exhibit of Yu's work will be on display at David Mirvish Books until November 23.

  • Kathy Kacer will be giving a presentation on The Diary of Laura's Twin (Second Story Press) and the growing practice of twinning contemporary Jewish children with children who died in the Holocaust. At Na'amat, 272 Codsell Avenue, Toronto. Sunday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m.

  • Launch for Jacqueline Larson's debut poetry collection, Salt Physic (Pedlar Press) at The Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto. Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.

  • John Lorinc (Cities: A Groundwood Guide, Groundwood Books) and Wayne Roberts (The No Nonsense Guide to World Food, Between the Lines) in discussion at the Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Gallery, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Amy Lavender Harris will moderate the conversation. A This Is Not A Reading Series event. Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Reading by Nitin Deckha (Shopping for Sabzi, TSAR Publications) at the Humberwood Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 850 Humberwood Blvd, Toronto. Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Launch for A Caledon Sketchbook (Porcupine's Quill) by Richard B. Nevitt is at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg. Saturday, November 15 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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

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All the best,
Open Book