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Dear Readers,

Happy Halloween! We hope you've been enjoying the lively book season. It ain't over yet! Check our Events Page and fill your November calendar with fun literary happenings. If you have an event you'd like listed, please send it to

At Open Book: Toronto, we've had a blissfully busy fall, filled with interviews, literary shindigs, postings by our brilliant writer in residence, fresh articles and more. Our end-of-October updates:

Our partners at Quill & Quire have debuted their exciting new podcast series, Quillcast. Quillcast features conversations with authors and publishing insiders. In the first episode, Q&Q editor Sue Carter Flinn chats with Vice President and Creative Director of Canadian Publishing for Random House Canada, CS Richardson, about the changing art of book design. Accompanying the podcast, you'll find a gallery of stunning covers that Richardson has designed. Listen to Quillcast, vol. 1

On Sunday, October 23, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) held a lively lunch celebrating Ontario publishers and authors, in partnership with the IV (International Visitors) Program at Toronto's International Festival of Authors (IFOA). Guests were welcomed by Karen Thorne-Stone, CEO of the OMDC, and Geoffrey Taylor, Artistic Director of IFOA, and celebrated Canadian writer John Ralston Saul also spoke. Open Book was there to capture some photographs. View the gallery.

The launch for From Under A Linden Tree (Sarum House), the first book by author Anthony M. Pignataro, drew a crowd of over 160 readers to the Columbus Centre. View the gallery.

Michele Landsberg's launch for her new book, Writing the Revolution (Second Story Press) also brought people out in large numbers. As you can see in the photos, Trinity St. Paul's Church in Toronto was packed with readers. View the gallery.

WIR: Open Book's October 2011 writer in residence, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, wraps up her residency today. Thank you, Dorothy, for the many brilliant and thoughtful posts from this past month! Visit her WIR page to read her blog, her On Writing interview and her reading and website recommendations.

Articles: In our latest articles, Monica Golding rounded up Halloween book picks from some of the Open Book team, Melanie Janisse writes about short stories and art in "Again at Type," Dalton Higgins thinks about what constitutes original art in "Is Your Book Idea Really That Original?" and rob mclennan writes about Ottawa poet Sandra Ridley.

Interviews: Find out about some of your favourite writers' reading and writing habits and their next projects with our Ten Questions, On Writing and Five Things Literary interview series.

Uber-agent Samantha Haywood's Agent's Corner column is returning to Open Book. Is there a topic that you'd like Samantha to address in her column? Send your suggestions and questions to

How are we doing? We'd love to hear your comments and questions. Send them to

All the best,
Open Book

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