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Mid-February Highlights from OBT

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Dear Readers,

Mid-February highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

In our new video series, created in partnership with Coach House Books, three contributors to The Edible City: Toronto's Food from Farm to Fork - Kathryn Borel Jr., Rea McNamara (with her cousin, Kiel Brathwaite) and Kat Gligorijevic - will show you how to make delectable dishes and Toronto's eponymous cocktail. First up: Borel Jr.'s Apple-Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing. The videos were produced by Vepo Studios and shot on location at Dish Cooking Studios.

Join The Edible City editors, Christina Palassio and Alana Wilcox, and contributors David Alexander, Joshna Maharaj, Jason McBride and Wayne Roberts in the Hart House Debates Room on March 1st for The Edible City: Reading and Food Tasting.

All of you lovely e-news subscribers have been automatically entered in this month's draw for a Kindle. Why not spread the love and tell your friends about Open Book's Kindle Contest. Readers who sign up for Open Book's e-news before the end of the month will have their names entered in the February 28th draw.

Our February writer-in-residence John Oughton has been blogging about poetry and the Olympics ("controversy is never bad for an art as underappreciated as poetry"), the Vook ("maybe we need a new verb here, 'videofied'?"), "Decoding Hallelujah" ("It's become for singers what Everest is for climbers") and many other topics. You can post your questions and comments for John to his blog or send them to

Join Gregory Betts as he travels around North America for his book tour for The Others Raisd in Me (Pedlar Press). Stops so far: Windsor, Kingston, Edmonton and Calgary.

Check our Author Blogs page for postings from Rob Weston (Zorgamazoo) and others.

In our latest Top Ten and On Writing interviews, Hassan Ghedi Santur (Something Remains, Dundurn Press), Fraser Sutherland (The Philosophy of As If, BookLand Press), Cheryl Hitchcock (Just Give Your Head a Shake... and Change Your Life for the Better), Heather Hartt-Sussman (Nana's Getting Married, Tundra Books) and Ellen McIntosh-Green (Elizabeth Simcoe's Canadian Journey, BookLand Press) talk about their reading and writing and offer advice for writers who are trying to get published.


  • Reading by Heather Hartt-Sussman (Nana's Getting Married, Tundra Books) at Indigo at the Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto. Saturday, February 20 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Totsapalooza featuring Don Kerr & The Jet Pack Orchestra, Bellwoods Trinity, I Eat Kids, Sho, Mo & The Monkey Bunch, Katie Van Camp (Harry & Horsie, HarperCollins), Ashley Spires (Binky The Space Cat, Kids Can Press) and Chris A.Rutkowski (I Saw It Too: Real UFO Sightings, Dundurn) at Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto. Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Reading and signing by Anthony Dalton (Adventures with Camera and Pen, Bookland Press) at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Fred Wah (The False Laws of Narrative: The Poetry of Fred Wah, Wilfrid Laurier University Press) at This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau Street, Kensington Market, Toronto. On Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Peter Dubé (Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism, Rebel Satori Press), Maggie Helwig (Girls Fall Down, Coach House Books) and THIS Magazine Literary Hunt winner Kate Marshall Flaherty at the Pivot Reading Series at The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. On Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Book signings by BookLand Press authors Anthony Dalton (Adventures with Camera and Pen), Fraser Sutherland (The Philosophy of As If) and Ellen McIntosh-Green (Elizabeth Simcoe's Canadian Journey) at the Ontario Library Association Expo (booth number 220), Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto. Friday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m.

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

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See what Top Ten Canadian Books readers are picking up at Bakka-Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Toronto Women's Bookstore.

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All the best,
Open Book

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