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Amy Lavender Harris, Contests, Comics and More

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Dear Readers,

Happy spring! May updates from Open Book: Toronto:

Amy Lavender Harris, author of Imagining Toronto and astonishing expert on Toronto-based literature, is Open Book's May Writer in Residence. In her blog, she's been writing about many topics, such as, "Why we all hate Toronto," "writing for real," Paul Vermeersch's poetry and more. Visit her page to read her blog, her Proust Questionnaire and her reading and website recommendations. You can send your questions and comments to Amy to or post them directly to her blog.

We're giving away heaps of fantastic prizes on Open Book this month. Our May contests:

  • Win a copy of Imagining Toronto by Amy Lavender Harris
  • Win a copy of Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew by Stuart Ross
  • Win a copy of The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg
  • Win a $100 gift certificate to The Beguiling
  • Win four amazing graphic novels from The Porcupine's Quill

It's Graphic Novel Month on Open Book! Stop by our Whazamo page for a series of original comics by Canadian cartoonists. Each cartoonist shares a story of one book that has inspired them as artists, as storytellers, as people. The series curator and our Whazamo writer in residence, Ian Daffern, has posted comics by Kalman Andrasofsky, Agnes Garbowska, Charlene Chaua and Michael Cho. Check back Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout May for new comics.

On our Whazamo page you'll also find profiles of Aaron Leighton, George A. Walker, Annie Koyama, Marta Chudolinska, Jo Rioux, Stefan Berg, Viki Nerino and Craig Battle and Liam O'Donnell.

Throughout May, we're featuring a series of interviews with the creative team behind the groundbreaking novella, The Next Day. Read interviews with publisher/ producer Alex Jansen and co-writer Paul Petterson.

Stacey Madden covered the launch of The Next Day for Open Book. Read "Opening up about suicide: Pop Sandbox launches The Next Day at the NFB Mediatheque."

Were you one of the thousands of people who attended the Toronto Comic Arts Festival earlier this month? Check out our TCAF photo coverage.

The spring book season is in full swing! Visit Open Book's comprehensive Events page for book launches, readings, workshops and more.

There's still time to enter Renee Miller's latest Flash Fiction Challenge. The challenge is to ask yourself, "What if?" and choose one of the following four options to write about: What if television/Internet were never invented? What if artistic expression were outlawed? What if there were no books? What if the world had one religion? Find the full details here.

"When I pick up the American or Canadian edition of a book by a British author, featuring British people doing British things in Britain, I steel myself for the blow — for the Americanisms spewing forth from every page." In "Tea Crumpets, Stet," Becky Toyne explains why a trailer is not a caravan and how the Americanization of British books can lead to too many lost-in-translation moments.

We love Type Books! Melanie Janisse wrote about Type's fifth birthday party for Open Book and Toronto photographer Anna Ross took photos of the event. Read "Type Turns Five" and flip through the image gallery.

Sachiko Murakami asked 27 poets to take part in a renga, "Another Spring." The Emergency Response Unit produced the broadside, and it is available for sale, with all proceeds going to Second Harvest Japan. Read "Haiori and Obi Bows" by Melanie Janisse to find out about the renga and to read it.

Our latest interviews are with a stellar group of authors and artists: Dane Swan, Antanas Sileika, Patrice Racine, Manuela Monari, Marthe and Nell Jocelyn, Joanne Schwartz and Matt Beam, Richard Swift, Christopher Moore, Robyn Sarah, Frieda Wishinsky and Suzanne Robertson.

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

All the best,
Open Book

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