Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Lynn Coady, Contests, and Events

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Dear Reader,

Open Book: Toronto is pleased to welcome award-winning author Lynn Coady as our November Writer in Residence. Lynn is the author of the novels Mean Boy, Saints of Big Harbour, Strange Heaven, and the short story collection, Play the Monster Blind. She is the editor of the recently published The Anansi Reader: Forty Years of Very Good Books and the anthology Victory Meat: New Fiction from Atlantic Canada. Visit Lynn's WIR page to read her interview with Open Book, peruse her lists of web links and recommended readings, or to send her an email.

While we're thrilled to welcome our new WIR, we're also sad to say goodbye to Zoe Whittall, our fabulous October WIR. You can still catch up with Zoe on the web. Check out Zoe's blog where she discusses her many literary activities and lists her upcoming readings.

Don't forget to enter Open Book and The Drake Hotel's one-of-a-kind contest. The winner of the contest and a guest will join award-winning crime fiction writer Peter Robinson for a delicious dinner at the Drake. The lucky winner will also get to take home an Open Book 2007 Library made up of dozens of wonderful new books released by Ontario's Canadian-owned publishers.

Clue three for McClelland & Stewart's contest, The Quest for the Ice Fox, is now online. To win the contest, you have to solve eight "knotty puzzles." The winner of the Quest will receive a $2000 travel voucher and a copy of The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys. Visit the McClelland & Stewart website and the The Quest for the Ice Fox group on Facebook for details.

Toronto and area literary event highlights of the next two weeks are:

  • Lunchtime reception for Concrete Toronto: A Guide to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies edited by Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart. City Hall, Members Lounge, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto. Thursday, November 1, 12:00 p.m. Evening launch party at Empire Lounge, 50 Cumberland Street, Toronto, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Presentation from Other Goose: Recycled Rhymes for Our Fragile Times by Barbara Wyn Klunder. Abbozzo Gallery, 179 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville. Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Long Story Short by Elyse Friedman. Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto. Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Poetry soiree and closing reception for Elaine Whittaker's art installation show "Spontaneous Generation." Readings by Maureen Scott Harris, Joanne Page, Maureen Hynes, Kelley Aitken, Ruth Roach Pierson, Patria Rivera, and Julie Roorda. Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 115, Toronto. Friday, November 2, 5:00 p.m.
  • Rhea Tregebov, editor of Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, at the Toronto Jewish Book Fair. Bathurst Jewish Community Centre (Leah Posluns Theatre), 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Sunday, November 4, 1:30 p.m.
  • Insomniac Poetry Launch. Olive Senior launches her new poetry collection Shell. Poets Roseanne Carrara (A Newer Wilderness) and Catherine Graham (Pupa) will also read from their latest works. Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Monday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Launch for On Guard For Thee: Canadian Peacekeeping Missions by Matthew Bin. John Foote Armouries, 200 James Street North, Hamilton. Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for On Guard For Thee: Canadian Peacekeeping Missions by Matthew Bin. Guelph Armoury, 7 Wyndham Street South, Guelph. Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen, edited by Elaine Chang. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
  • Matthew Bin, author of On Guard For Thee: Canadian Peacekeeping Missions, will be interviewed on Rogers TV Daytime Show for their Remembrance Day Special. Thursday, November 8, 11:00 a.m.
  • Toronto Small Press Book Fair. Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Saturday, November 10, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Launch for GreenTOpia: Towards a Sustainable Toronto, edited by Jonny Dovercourt, Christina Palassio, and Alana Wilcox. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Sunday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
  • Book Launch for: Canadian Churches: An Architectural History by Peter Richardson and Douglas Richardson, photographs by John de Visser; Canadian Paintings, Prints and Drawings by Anne Newlands; Old Canadian Churches: Places of Memory by Jane Irwin, photographs by John de Visser; Living the Country Dream: Stories from Harrowsmith Country Life compiled by Tom Cruickshank; and Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Giacomo Patri and Laurence Hyde selected and introduced by George A. Walker. David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham Street, Toronto. Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge) and Maya Merrick (The Hole Show). Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy!

Open Book