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August Updates from OBT: WIR Liz Worth, Reading Suggestions, Interviews & More

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Dear Readers,

August updates from Open Book: Toronto:

Open Book's August 2011 Writer is Residence is Liz Worth, the Toronto-based author of Amphetamine Heart (Guernica Editions, 2011) and Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond 1977-1981 (ECW, 2011). You can send your writerly questions to Liz to or post them directly to her blog.

Not only is Liz available to answer your literary questions, she has questions for you. In recent blog posts, she asks:

"What past experiences do you draw from in your writing?"
"Do you prefer to let some time pass before you take inspiration from your real-life experiences, or do you feel like it's better to do it when it's fresh?"
"What do you like to listen to when you're writing?"
"What are the first things you would grab if there was a fire in your building, or in your house?"

August Book Giveaway: Open Book and Guernica Editions are giving away a copy of Liz's poetry collection, Amphetamine Heart. To enter your name in the draw, send an email to with the title of one of Liz's reading recommendations. The contest closes on August 31st.

Stores may be filling up with cozy sweaters and fluffy hats, but there's still a whole lot of summer left. Browse through our Midsummer Reading Suggestions to find a fabulous book or three to help you while away the August days.

Our latest "In Profile" feature is an interview with Ray Fawkes, the author of One Soul (Oni Press).

In "Tha Literary Life: Prophet vs. Profit," Dalton Higgins addresses young writers, advising them how to "get paid and literarily laid, without having [to stray] too far from [their] moral constitution."

In her latest column, Melanie Janisse muses on "Exploring Words and Finding Memories."

In rob mclennan's latest 12 or 20 Questions interview, Matthew Remski (syrinx and systole, Quattro Books) talks about writing fiction and poetry, public readings, the fragrance of ghee and more.

Go to Shaun Smith's Sunday Sundries and read about ebook vs. pbook content costs, book reviewing rules, the 20th anniversary of American Psycho and more.

Natalie Zina Walschots responds to George Murray's Questionless Books Interview.

For engrossing interviews with marvelous writers, check out Open Book's Ten Questions, On Writing and Proust Questionnaire interview series.

Visit Open Book's Events page to see what fabulous literary happenings are going on around town. Do you have an event that you'd like posted? Please send it to Rebecca Lohse at

We'd love to hear from you. Please send your questions and comments to

All the best,
Open Book

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