Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Nathan Whitlock, Interviews, News and Events

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Dear Readers,

Nathan Whitlock, author of A Week of This: a novel in seven days (ECW Press), is Open Book: Toronto's June Writer in Residence. Many readers will be familiar with Nathan's intelligent and witty prose; his writing and reviews have appeared in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night and other notable publications. He is also the review editor of Quill & Quire magazine. Visit Nathan's WIR page to find out what books and websites he recommends, to read his interview with Open Book and to read his blog. You can send questions and comments for Nathan to

Nathan was one of fourteen authors involved in the Literary Press Group of Canada's May Fiery First Fiction campaign. On May 12, the LPG hosted a FFF launch at Supermarket in Kensington Market that featured readings by seven first-time authors. Monique Mathew wrote about the event for Open Book, calling the evening "instructive to any fledgling writers in the audience and a great reminder of all of the incredible (and fiery!) fiction that is being published in this country." You can read Monique's full coverage here.

Photographer Lisa Myers also covered the FFF launch for Open Book, capturing candid shots of the enthralled audience and of the authors up on stage. You can check out the photos on our Flickr page. Also new to our Flickr page, courtesy of Fitzhenry & Whiteside, are photos from the launch for Naomi's Tree, written by Joy Kogawa and illustrated by Ruth Ohi, and photos from the launch for Daughter of War by Marsha Skrypuch, who was just honoured by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko for her writing about the Ukrainian famine.

We've got new Ten Questions on Open Book. Visit our news page for interviews with Catharine Graham (The Red Element, Insomniac Press), Jason Camlot (The Debaucher, Insomniac Press), Robert C. Pheleke (Some Like It Cold, Between The Lines), Morley Torgov (Murder in A-Major, Rendez-Vous Crime) and Michelle Miller (Branding Miss G___, Sumach Press). On our news page, you'll also find a second Dose of No-Nonsense from Between The Lines.

Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • An exhibit of illustrations from Creatures Yesterday and Today (Tundra Books, 2008) and Creatures Great and Small (Tundra Books, 2006), written and illustrated by Karen Patkau, at the Yorkville branch of the Toronto Public Library, 22 Yorkville Avenue. Throughout June.

  • Launch for Branding Miss G__: Third Wave Feminists & The Media (Sumach Press) by Michelle Miller at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, June 5 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

  • Griffin Poetry Prize readings at the MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park, Toronto. Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Bloody Words VIII, Canada's largest gathering of mystery readers and writers, is at the Eaton Centre Downtown Marriott Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto. Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8.

  • Readings by Jason Camlot (The Debaucher, Insomniac Press), Alessandro Porco (Augustine in Carthage, and Other Poems, ECW Press) and Maxianne Berger (Dismantled Secrets, Wolsak and Wynn) at the IV Lounge Reading Series, 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Luminato Short Story Festival, featuring readings and discussion by Elyse Friedman (Long Story Short, Anansi) and Pasha Malla (The Withdrawal Method, Anansi), with Caroline Adderson (Pleased to Meet You, Thomas Allen) moderating. At the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto. Saturday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Launch of Sailor Girl (The Porcupine's Quill) by Sheree-Lee Olson at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Monty Reid (The Luskville Reductions, Brick Books), Philip Arima (Breathe Now, BuschekBooks) and Yannick Marshall (Old Friend, We Made This for You, Kellom Books, an imprint of Canadian Scholars' Press) at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Luminato Short Story Festival, featuring readings and discussion by Ahmad Saidullah (Happiness and Other Disorders, Key Porter) and Sharon English (Zero Gravity, The Porcupine's Quill), with Jane Urquhart moderating. At the Palmerston Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 560 Palmerston Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Visit our events page for event details and for more listings.

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All the best,
Open Book