Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Fresh & Local: Author Interviews, Aritcles, Events & More

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Fresh & Local: Your connection to Toronto's vibrant literary scene

Dear Readers,

This summer, while you're sitting on a beach, porch or deck sipping some fine Ontario wine and eating some fresh Ontario produce, we suggest you take in some local literature too. Visit Open Book: Toronto for reading suggestions, engrossing articles, event listings and more.


We love to learn about the latest books and the authors who wrote them. Read our On Writing interviews with Professor Ali Abdi, Jeff Blair, Yvette Nolan, John Scully, Jim Nason, Shashi Bhat, Louise McKinney and Kristen Gundlack.

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites. Read our interview with Robert Rotenberg.

Tish Cohen speaks to Open Book as part of our Dirty Dozen series, which invites authors to share twelve unexpected facts about themselves.

In Open Book's At the Desk series, writers speak about their creative processes and the workspaces that inspire them, telling the stories behind the books that sit on our shelves and in our hands. Read "At the Desk, with Claire Mulligan."

The Proust Questionnaire was a game much loved by Proust and many of his contemporaries. Writers Daniel Karasik and Eve Silver answer the questionnaire and reveal their "true" natures.


"We've all heard stories of manuscripts discovered in dusty attic rooms or hidden for decades in unopened suitcases. Wouldn't it be great if one of them turned out to be by your favourite author? When you've exhausted all the books by a favourite author who's long since died, you know you won't get the pleasure of coming across any new work by that person."

Open Book's Grace O'Connell's new poll asks, "If you could snap your fingers and have a new book by a beloved, deceased Canadian author, who would you choose?" You can place your vote here.


"This spring, when my husband and I decided to buy this old Newfoundland house as a place to get away and write, I had few doubts about the soundness of the idea. Yes, it was an extra expense — but think of the creative dividends! Yes, it was far away from our Ontario home — but wasn’t that part of the value, to step away from the noise of our other existence, to truly get away? But one question remained: how to look out on such an arresting place, and imagine another, equally fully?"

In her latest column, Miranda Hill looks at getting away from it all to write. Read "Writing there, from here."


Visit Open Book's comprehensive Events Page to plan your literary outings. If you have an event you'd like listed on our site, please send the details to

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