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Dear Readers,

Happy National Poetry Month! Visit Open Book: Toronto for blog posts from our writer-in-residence, poet Adam Dickinson, our Poets in Profile series, fresh features and more. Your April 2013 updates from Open Book:


Adam Dickinson (The Polymers, House of Anansi Press), Open Book's April 2013 Writer in Residence, has been blogging about Cobourg and the Great Lakes, "Un-losable Writing," "Imaginary Solutions to Eating," "Poetry and Uselessness" and other topics. Visit Adam's WIR page to read his blog and his On Writing interview and to check out his reading and website recommendations.

Ask a poet! You can send your questions for Adam to or post them directly to his blog.

April Poetry Giveaway: Enter our April draw for your chance to win three of Adam's books: The Polymers (House of Anansi Press, 2013), Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books, 2006) and Cartography and Walking (Brick Books, 2002). Click here for details.


"Open Book Recommends: Spring Poetry for National Poetry Month" will guide you to some of the best books on the shelves this season. Compiled by Open Booker Maeve O'Regan, our latest Open Book Recommends lists 25 poetry collections that you'll want to check out.


This National Poetry Month, be sure to check out our Poets in Profile series, which aims to find out what inspires, confounds and delights today's Canadian poets. This month, the series has featured David Seymour, Daniel Karasik and Jack Hannan.


"Readings have a bad rap. If you haven’t been to one, you might think they are dry affairs, with slouchy authors mumbling into the microphone something incomprehensible, inaudible and just plain dull." Not so if you go to see a reading by Miranda Hill, author of the short-story collection Sleeping Funny. In "Page to Podium," Miranda shares valuable tips on how to give a good reading. And why, writers, is a good reading so important? "Good readings sell books," writes Miranda.

In her latest Kids Lit Can column, Susan Hughes talks to publishing insiders about book trailers to find out what makes a good trailer and whether a good trailer helps sell a book.

rob mclennan talks to Frank Davey about the history of his esteemed journal, Open Letter. Read the profile and interview here.

In "Books Get Both the Push and the Squeeze at Luminato 2013," Becky Toyne writes about the literary lineup at one of the most anticipated festivals of the year.


Need some reading suggestions? Have a look at the Top Ten lists on the Magazine Page to see which Canadian books were the top sellers last month at five of Ontario's finest bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Northern Women's Bookstore and Type Books (the Queen Street store).


Open Book's WAR Series: Writers As Readers gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites. Read the latest posts in the series from Hilary Scharper, Kevan "Scruffmouth" Cameron, Maria Coletta McLean and Rona Arato.


Spring book season is in full swing, so make sure that you're catching some of the fabulous launches and readings that are happening in Toronto. Visit Open Book's comprehensive events page for a list of literary events.

We'd love to hear from you! Please send your questions, suggestions and comments to

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Open Book

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