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August at OBT: David Tucker is WIR, Interviews, Essays & More

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Dear Readers,

We hope you're having a splendid summer and that you're finding lots of time to enjoy fine books and the local literary scene. Your August updates from Open Book: Toronto:

David Tucker is Open Book: Toronto's August 2012 Writer in Residence! Visit David's WIR page to read his blog and his On Writing interview and to check out his reading and website recommendations.

An award-winning television producer, writer and director and the author of a must-read collection of short stories, One Way Ticket (BookLand Press), David knows a lot about creating captivating stories, and he is here to answer your writerly questions. Please send your questions for David to or post them directly to his blog.

August Book Giveaway: Open Book and BookLand Press are giving away a copy of David's short story collection, One Way Ticket. Click here for details.

Read To Me, a new series on Open Book, showcases those magical children’s books that kids will ask you to read many times and that you’ll love reading. The latest book featured in the series is All By Myself! (Owlkids) by Géraldine Collet, with illustrations by Coralie Saudo. Read the feature to find out why kids and adults alike will cluck over All By Myself.

Need some more reading suggestions for story time with your wee ones? Visit Open Book's archives to check out the ever-growing list of books featured in the Read To Me series.

This summer, we kicked off a brand new interview series on Open Book, On Editing, in which we speak with editors, the unsung heroes behind the books that you love. In the lastest interview, we speak with Beth Follett, the owner, editor and publisher of Pedlar Press. Beth tells us about her favourite projects, what she looks for in a book and the writer with whom she would most love to work.

Open Book's latest On Writing interviews are with Linda Holeman, author of The Lost Souls of Angelkov (Random House Canada), and Hilary Dean, winner of the 2012 CBC Creative Non-Fiction Prize.

For each book that sits on our shelves or rests in our hands, a writer has spent countless hours at a desk, researching, organizing, writing and rewriting. In Open Book’s latest At The Desk feature, Sylvia Gunnery, author of Emily for Real (Pajama Press), tells us about her workspace, the silence of characters and the problems of writing near the ocean.

"I saw a psychiatrist for a while but gave up after a year — after my psychiatrist said, 'Your dreams used to be so interesting.'" That's the eleventh item on Noah Richler's Dirty Dozen list. Click the link for more unexpected facts about Richler, whose latest book is What We Talk About When We Talk About War (Goose Lane Editions), and then visit the archives to read more Dirty Dozen features.

We're counting down to The Word On The Street, Canada's largest books and magazine fair. The festival takes place in Toronto on Sunday, September 23rd. Want to get involved? The Word On The Street is looking for volunteers and they also just kicked off this year's Friend An Author program. We'll see you there!

Visit our comprehensive Events Page for a full listing of Toronto's literary events. Need help finding the event locations? Sign up for Open Book's free mobile app and let it guide you.

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

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