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April Updates from OBT

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Dear Readers,

April updates from Open Book: Toronto:

Do you love reading, writing, arts and culture? The Open Book App is a new and vital tool for you. It connects you with the vibrant literary scene throughout Toronto and the rest of Ontario. Whether you are out and about, or planning from home, the Open Book App makes it simple to find details and directions for both literary events and literary landmarks. You can read more about the Open Book App here.

In addition to releasing the Open Book App, we've also launched mobile versions for both sites, and These new pages offer mobile readers smartly designed, easy to read and quick access to a wealth of literary news, literary event listings and writer-in-residence posts.

Head to the Gladstone Hotel on May 2nd for an evening of celebration and readings by Trillium Award winners Mark Frutkin, Thomas King, Rabindranath Maharaj and Pasha Malla. The evening is hosted by Rachel Harry.

The Trillium 25th Anniversary Reading Series is presented by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Open Book. For details about the May 2nd readings, please visit our Events Page.

"Whenever someone asks me who they should read," writes April Writer-in-Residence Sarah Tsiang, "I ask them if they've read a Susan lately. There are so many wonderful poets named Susan in Canada that it borders on the ridiculous. Which, of course, delights me." Visit Sarah's Writer-in-Residence page to read her interviews with many of the awesome Canadian poets named Susan and her other brilliant blog entries. You can send your questions and comments for Sarah to or post them directly to her blog.

There's still time to enter our April Book Giveaway! Open Book and Annick Press are giving away a copy of Sarah's latest book, Warriors and Wailers. Click here for contest details.

Our newest interview series is The Gutter Series. (The gutter, as any good book geek knows, refers to the inner margins of two facing pages.) This series gave us a rare chance to chat with writers who haven't published in the current season, letting us in on the details of life between launches. Read interviews with Adam Sol, Jen Currin and Leigh Nash.

In the lead-up to the announcement of the winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize (congratulations to Richard Gwyn!), we posted interviews with the talented authors of the five shortlisted book. Read interviews with Jacques Poitras, Ron Graham, Richard Gwyn, Max and Monique Nemni and Andrew Nikiforuk.

In our On Writing series, we ask writers and illustrators about their reading and writing habits and their latest projects. Read interviews with Natalie Zina Walschots, Mike Barnes, Daniel Allen Cox and Steve Lillebuen.

Want to know unexpected facts about some of your favourite authors? Then our Dirty Dozen series is for you. Read Dirty Dozens by Alex Boyd and Lauren B. Davis.

Currently in the Open Book Magazine:

Danielle Webster interviews Miles Baker, the Assistant Festival Director of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and gets "An Inside Look at TCAF 2012."

Grace O'Connell chats with writers about the value of getting away from it all in "Writers and Retreats: The Pros and Cons."

"A marching step used by soldiers in Wayznia" or "a lazy goose"? Erin Knight helps us understand the meaning and the history of Wayzgoose. Read "Impress Your Guests! A Wayzgoose Balderdash."

What could be better than watching a group of authors participate in a ping pong tournament? Knowing that they're playing for an extremely good cause, First Book Canada. Read Becky Toyne's article about Pongapalooza, "First Books for Future Readers."

In Episode Seven of Quillcast, Quill & Quire web editor Sue Carter Flinn talks with author Karen Levine and Second Story Press founder Margie Wolfe about Hana's Suitcase, the story of a Japanese teacher and her quest to discover the history behind a child's suitcase found at the Auschwitz death camp. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hana's Suitcase.

In "Libraries, Longpens and Loot," Dalton Higgins contemplates libraries and shifts in publishing.

Visit our comprehensive Events Page for a full listing of Toronto's literary events.

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

All the best,
Open Book

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