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March Updates from OBT

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Dear Readers,

Happy Spring! A new issue of our magazine, our amazing Writer in Residence, a contest, articles, interviews, events and more - here's a peek at what's new at Open Book: Toronto.

Open Book's 2010 Spring Magazine is online. Our popular 48-Hour Interview series features writers Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Antanas Sileika in a thought-provoking discussion about Canadian literature, historical fiction and writing from a "place of urgency." Jon Eben Field writes about Karen Solie in his profile, "The Poetic World of Karen Solie." In "21st-Century Editing with the Book Oven," K Sawyer Paul contemplates the future of editing in the digital age. Terese Saplys writes about beloved and independent bookstores in Toronto in her essay, "Your Friendly Neighbourhood Bookstore."

Open Book's writer in residence, Paul Vermeersch, has been blogging about a variety of topics: "Poetic Optimisms," "Keeping Great Canadian Poets in Print," an "indispensable" new anthology of Canadian poetry, "Four Online Canadian Journals You Should Know About" and more. Read Paul's smart and illuminating blog entries on his WIR page, where you can also find his recommended readings and his Ten Questions with Open Book. There's still time for you to enter our draw to win a copy of Paul's latest book, The Reinvention of the Human Hand (McClelland & Stewart). You can find the contest details here.

Geese in the mall and moose on the streets - have you considered all of the animal effigies in Toronto? Melanie Janisse (Orioles in the Oranges, Guernica Editions) and Dani Couture (Sweet, forthcoming from Pedlar Press) have. In her article, "Concrete Trees and Animal Effigies," Melanie writes about Dani's work, Joseph Boyden, the North, animals, concrete forests and making maps out paper napkins.

Open Book's latest interviews are with Marta Chudolinska (Back + Forth, The Porcupine's Quill), Jane Lind (Joyce Wieland: Writings and Drawings 1952-1971, The Porcupine's Quill), John Steffler (Lookout, McClelland & Stewart), Marthe Jocelyn (Folly, Tundra Books), Ian Colford (Evidence, The Porcupine's Quill), Christopher McKinnon (co-founder of the Holy Oak Book Club) and Jane Collins-Philippe and Laura Beingessner (Sail Away with Me, Tundra Books).

In "Losing My Religion," Nathaniel G. Moore interviews Andrew Kaufman about his books The Waterproof Bible (Random House Canada) and All My Friends Are Superheroes (Coach House Books).

Feeling sociable? The Advent Book Blog and Open Book invite you to get offline and catch up with people face-to-face on Thursday March 25 at 7 p.m. at The Pour House Irish Pub, 182 Dupont Avenue, Toronto. The Sociable is for "social media geeks, publishing professionals, and anyone with a passion for books and readers."

Other Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Launch for Tom Wayman's novel Woodstock Rising (Dundurn Press) at This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau Street, Kensington Market, Toronto. Wednesday, March 24 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Pivot Reading Series with Greg Gerke, Ken Sparling and Natalie Zina Walschots. At the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 24 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Joyce Wieland: Writings and Drawings 1952-1971, edited by Jane Lind. At Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto, on Thursday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Lauren Kirshner (Where We Have to Go, McClelland & Stewart) at the Eh List Authors Series, Toronto Public Library - Barbara Frum Branch, 20 Covington Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Sarah Elton and Kevin Robbins (City of Words: Toronto Through Her Writers Eyes, Cormorant Books) at The Eh List Authors Series, Toronto Public Library - Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, on Wednesday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m.
  • NOW Magazine and Authors at Harbourfront Centre present the NOW Open Poetry Stage which showcases 20 poets reading in one evening. At Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

For event details and more listings, please visit Open Book's events page.

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All the best,
Open Book

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