Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

OBT's June Highlights

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Dear Readers,

Some June highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

Gregory Betts
Experimental poet, editor, essayist and teacher Gregory Betts is Open Book's June Writer in Residence. He is the author of If Language (2005), Haikube (2006) and The Others Raisd in Me (Pedlar Press 2009). He has edited editions of poetry by W.W. E. Ross, Raymond Knister and Lawren Harris. His latest book is The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays of Bertram Brooker (University of Ottawa Press 2009). Gregory starts his WIR stint by introducing readers to poetry by Canada's first avant-gardist, Bertram Brooker; posting links to book-related websites and articles; discussing artists and hockey; and considering "the impact of the avant-garde." During his residency, Gregory aims to "to create a forum to discuss general ideas, events, and writings," so send your questions and comments to or, better yet, post them directly to his blog so that all readers can join the conversation.

Ten Questions Trillium Finalists Series
The Trillium Award winners will be announced this month, and to celebrate the event we're posting a Trillium Finalists Series of Ten Questions interviews. Want to know what the writers were doing when they got word of their nominations? What they're currently reading? What advice they have for writers who are trying to get published? Check the website in the days leading up to the June 16th awards lunch for interviews with Kevin Connelly, Jeramy Dodds, Helen Humphreys, Ibi Kaslik, Pasha Malla, Joanne Page, Nino Ricci, Adam Sol and Charles Wilkins.

Exclusive contest for e-news subscribers: We're giving away eight pairs of tickets to the invitation-only Trillium Book Award Readings on June 15th at the Harbourfront Centre. The first eight subscribers who send an email to with the name of a nominated author win a pair of tickets to the fabulous event.

June Contest: Enter Open Book's June contest to win a summer full of fantastic books by Ontario authors. The Ontario Author Prizepack consists of: a $100 gift certificate for The Book Mark; a copy of The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays of Bertram Brooker by our June Writer in Residence, Gregory Betts; and all nine of the English-language Trillium Book Award-nominated titles. These amazing books are: Kevin Connolly's Revolver (House of Anansi Press), Helen Humphreys's Coventry (HarperCollins Publishers), Ibi Kaslik's The Angel Riots (Penguin Group Canada), Pasha Malla's The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi Press), Nino Ricci's The Origin of Species (Doubleday Canada), Charles Wilkins's In the Land of Long Fingernails (Penguin Group Canada), Jeramy Dodds's Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books), Joanne Page's Watermarks (Pedlar Press) and Adam Sol's Jeremiah, Ohio (House of Anansi Press).

To enter the contest, comment on an interview in the Ten Questions Trillium Finalists Series or comment on a post by our Writer in Residence, Gregory Betts. Each new posting counts as a new entry -- in other words, if you post five comments, you'll have five chances to win the prize. To post a comment, sign in or sign up for a free Open Book account.

Broken Pencil's Fantasy Party Contest: Our friends at Broken Pencil magazine are holding a Fantasy Party with DJ Hemingway and musical guests Whale Tooth on Friday, August 21. Fifteen contest finalists will get to attend the night of "indie hipsterdom." To enter the contest, simply subscribe to Broken Pencil for a mere $10 and your name will be included in a draw for tickets to "this summer's coolest, wildest, craziest party!" Go to for full contest details. The contest deadline is July 10th.

Conversations with Canadian Authors and Artists
Nathaniel G. Moore's Conflict of Interest column features an interview with artist Billy Mavreas. Our latest Ten Questions interviews are with Lorne Rubenstein (This Round's On Me, McClelland & Stewart) and Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter (Same Same, Tundra Books).

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Roona Bloom (PERMISO, Pedlar Press), Barry Dempster and Paul Vermeersh at the Art Bar Poetry series. Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON Tuesday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Lorne Rubenstein (This Round's On Me, McClelland & Stewart) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Shani Mootoo (Valmiki's Daughter, House of Anansi Press) at the Eh List Reading Series. Toronto Public Library, Richview Branch, 1806 Islington Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, June 11 2:00 p.m.
  • Launch of Laurie Kingston's Not Done Yet: Living Through Breast Cancer (Women's Press). Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street, Toronto. Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.
    Panel discussion on the art of creating children's books with illustrators Wallace Edwards and Barbara Reid, Diane Kerner, Director of Publishing, Scholastic and Michael Solomon, Art Director, Groundwood Books. At the Ontario College of Art & Design, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Friday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Nick McArthur's Short Accounts of Tragic Occurrences and Gillian Sze's Fish Bones. Also reading from their new books: Allison McMaster (Beach Rot, WithWords Press), Edward Petrenko (Assorted Love Metaphors, WithWords Press), Paul Zemehkol (A River at Night, Quattro Books). The evening will be hosted by Punchy editor and Montreal writer David McGimpsey. Magpie Café, 831 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Sunday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Globe and Mail/ Ben McNally Brunch featuring Jeff Rubin (Why Your World is About to get a Whole Lot Smaller, Random House Canada), Claire Letemendia (The Best of Men, McClelland & Stewart), Daniel Sekulich (Terror on the Seas, St. Martin's Press) and Gary M. Pomerantz (The Devil's Tickets, Crown). King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East,
    Toronto. Sunday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m.

Go to our events page for details and more event listings.

And More Good Stuff
Make sure to check out Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries column and our May Top Ten lists of bestselling Canadian books from four of Toronto's finest bookstores.

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All the best,
Open Book