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Dear Readers,

It's Graphic Novel Month. Check out Open Book: Toronto's Whazamo! page for profiles of creators, interviews, graphic novel news, videos, webcomics from CTON and postings from our May Writer in Residence, Marta Chudolinska.

Our May Writer-in-Residence (and Graphic-Novelist-in-Residence) is printmaker, bookbinder, zinester, painter and writer Marta Chudolinska, whose first book, Back + Forth (The Porcupine's Quill), has been nominated for the Doug Wright Award. Visit Marta's WIR page to read her blog and her Ten Questions with Open Book and to look at her reading and website recommendations. Send your questions and comments for Marta to or sign in and post them directly to her blog.

In honour of Graphic Novel Month, we're giving away... graphic novels. Enter Open Book's May Book Giveaway to win a copy of Marta Chudolinska's Back + Forth.

You can also win a copy of Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures or Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden. Open Book and Tundra Books are giving away ten copies of the graphic novels created by J. Torres and illustrated by J. Bone. Click here for contest details.

CTON dodges some bullets in his latest Rodeo Magic webcomic.

In her article, "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life," Melanie Janisse writes about heartbreak, Jane Bowles, Claudia Dey, Steven Price, Meg White and Gwendolyn MacEwen.

In his latest essay for Open Book, rob mclennan writes of "Spring, and All."

In his regular Sunday Sundries column, Shaun Smith guides us to characters escaping from books, book trailer awards, a bookcycle and more, and he asks, "What, exactly, is a book?"

Becky Toyne writes about an endangered species, bookstore independicus, in her article, "The Evolution of an Independent Bookstore."

In "Curb Dreams," Mary W. Walters writes about moving to Toronto, where "Every year, hundreds or possibly thousands of aspiring writers, actors, designers, visual artists and musicians make the trek east from the frozen prairie by bus or plane or car (or west, from the Atlantic stormlands), their backpacks set, suitcases rolling along behind them, their gazes lifting with their hearts as the office towers emerge from the mists like physical representations of their dreams."

Check out Open Book's recent interviews with Alison Dare, George Fetherling, Stacey May Fowles, Alex Jansen, Jeff Latosik, Edward Pond, Stuart Ross and Julie Wilson.

Dani Couture discusses her new book, Sweet, with Pedlar Press publisher Beth Follett. Read it here.

Launches! Readings! Signings! Workshops! Be sure check Open Book's Events Page for a list of what's going on in Toronto and area.

We'd love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to

All the best,
Open Book

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