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The Word on the Street Interview Series: Kim Moritsugu

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The Word on the Street Interview Series: Kim Moritsugu

We've turned the calendar page, which means that the excitement of the fall literary season is upon us!

Throughout the month, Open Book will partner with The Word on the Street for contests, interviews and more. Don't forget to mark September 21, 2014 on your calendar.

With readings by some of the country's finest writers in every genre, amazing and interactive children's programming and a marketplace populated by publishers of all your favourite books and magazines, The Word on the Street is a highlight of the literary season and a great community celebration of the love of reading.

For the first edition of this year's The Word on the Street interview series, we welcome Kim Moritsugu, author of The Oakdale Dinner Club (Dundurn), where a spurned wife throws a dinner party as a cover to evaluate three potential extra-martial suitors. A witty send-up of suburban politics, The Oakdale Dinner Club is as delicious as the food it features.

Kim tells us about her favourite memory from The Word on the Street, how brevity is the winning strategy for public readings and the little slice of Ontario heaven she frequents (it's closer than you think!).

Kim will be reading in the Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent at the Toronto The Word on the Street festival on September 21. The Word on the Street will also take place in Lethbridge, Saskatoon and Halifax on September 21 and on September 20 in Kitchener.

Open Book:

Tell us about what you’ll be reading in the Vibrant Voices tent.

Kim Moritsugu:

I’ll be reading from my novel The Oakdale Dinner Club, a food-centric comedy of manners. And I may bring treats.

OB:

Have you attended The Word on the Street in the past? If so, tell us about a favourite memory. If not, what are you most looking forward to?

KM:

I’ve attended the festival many times. My most memorable time was in 1997, when my first novel, Looks Perfect, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, and the award was presented onstage in a tent on Queen Street West during the festival. Anne Michaels won that year for Fugitive Pieces, but it really was an honour, and a blast, to be nominated.

OB:

The Vibrant Voices tent celebrates Ontario authored and published books. Tell us about a favourite Ontario author or book.

KM:

Two of my favourite Ontario authors are my friends and colleagues: Humber College Dean of Performing and Creative Arts Joseph Kertes, whose new novel The Afterlife of Stars is coming out in September; and Antanas Sileika, the Director of the Humber School for Writers, whose last novel was Underground.

OB:

What’s the best advice about public readings you have ever received?

KM:

Go shorter rather than longer — don’t outstay your welcome. And if you can, read something funny.

OB:

Word on the Street is happening simultaneously in Toronto, Lethbridge, Saskatoon and Halifax on September 21 this year (as well as in Kitchener on September 20). If you could be in two places at once, which WOTS festival, in addition to Toronto, would you attend?

KM:

I’ve read at the Kitchener WOTS before but not at any other locations except Toronto. So I’d be happy to read at any of them!

OB:

Do you have a favourite spot in Ontario?

KM:

Toronto Island. A beautiful, peaceful, idyllic park that’s only a ten minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto.

OB:

What can you tell us about your next project?

KM:

I’m thinking about writing a sequel of sorts, a story that brings back a character or characters I’ve written about before, but in a new adventure.


Kim Moritsugu's five previously published novels include Looks Perfect (shortlisted for the Toronto Book award); The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award); and The Restoration of Emily. She lives in Toronto, where she leads a walking tour for Heritage Toronto, and teaches creative writing through The Humber School for Writers.

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