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August Updates from OBT

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Dear Readers,

The nights are cooling down and the days are getting shorter, but there's still some summer left! We plan to spend the last weeks of this glorious season enjoying fabulous books and exciting literary events. Read on for your August updates from Open Book: Toronto.

Rob Laidlaw, author of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs (Pajama Press), talks to Open Book about puppy mills, essential reading for those interested in animals at risk and how animal lovers everywhere can help to protect vulnerable dogs from harm. Read "On Writing, with Rob Laidlaw."

Basil Papademos (Mount Royal: There's Nothing Harder Than Love, Tightrope Books) tells us about his belief in ghosts, his favourite job, why birds have it made and more in his "Dirty Dozen interview."

Read young adult author Sharon E. McKay's "Dirty Dozen" and find out about her Irish uncles, the best way to make a caesar salad, the War Artist Program and more. Sharon is the author of Enemy Territory (Annick Press).

Author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi tells us about her "Office Cave," a dreamy workspace decorated with painted trees, meaningful momentos and creative clutter. Read "At the Desk, with Debbie Ridpath Ohi." Debbie recently illustrated I'm Bored, a new picture book written by Michael Ian Black and published by Simon & Schuster.

Fiona Raye Clarke, editor of Basodee: An Anthology Dedicated to Black Youth (General Store Publishing House), a collection of poetry, fiction and essays by young black writers, and contributors Bella Ingabire-Gallina, Freddy King and Elias Nabutete talk to Open Book about their experiences with the collection, their upcoming projects and their recommended reads. Read "On Writing, with Fiona Raye Clarke and the Basodee Collective."

Many thanks to David Tucker, Open Book: Toronto's August 2012 Writer in Residence! It's been been a great pleasure having him blog on Open Book. Visit David's WIR page to read his blog and his On Writing interview and to check out his reading and website recommendations.

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.

One of the many events we're looking forward to is The Word On The Street, Canada's largest books and magazine fair. The festival takes place in Toronto on Sunday, September 23rd. We'll see you there!

More engrossing interviews, exclusive articles and event coverage. Stacey Madden, author of Poison Shy (ECW Press), is Open Book's September 2012 Writer in Residence.

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

All the Best,
Open Book

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