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August updates from OBT: BookCamp, features, interviews, events and more

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Dear Readers,

Soak up the final rays of the summer sun with a good book by your side. Open Book: Toronto's interviews, reading recommendations and news items can guide you to some of the finest books on the shelves. On our site you'll also find exciting new features, photos, writer in residence posts and our ever-popular event listings.

Before: In the lead-up to BookCamp Toronto 2011, we talked to the organizers about the challenges and joys of organizing the annual "unconference."

During: BookCamp was buzzing with smart literary discussions, and Open Book was there to snap photos of the day's activities. Visit the BookCamp TO 2011 photo gallery.

After: "When the books you've authored are 'on hold' at the Toronto Public Library, does that mean you've made it?" Open Book columnist and BookCamp 2011 attendee Dalton Higgins asks. Read Dalton's latest column and ponder that question along with 31 other insightful book-related questions that were "Inspired by BookCampTO and 50 Cent."

"In February, Toronto can be a little dire, a little grey, not so lovely at times," author and artist Lindsay Zier-Vogel told Open Book writer Michelle Medford, "I kind of needed to remember what I loved about the city." Read "The Love Lettering Project: Spreading the Love in Toronto" to find out about Zier-Vogel's inspiring work.

The launch for Sachiko Murakami's much-anticipated new collection of poetry, Rebuild, is on September 7th at The Press Club. Read Nicole Dufoe's article on Rebuild and you'll find yourself very intrigued — and likely rearranging your plans so that you can head to the Wednesday launch.

Intrepid Open Book writer Michelle Medford headed to the CNE one warm August evening to explore the haunted buildings with Richard Palmisano, author of Ghosts of the Canadian National Exhibition. During the tour, Palmisano explained, "that spirits are just like the living, 'When we get into people's secrets in their past lives, sometimes they get upset.'"

Font porn, books to die for and more. Check out Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries.

Find out about the reading and writing habits of some of your favourite authors and read about their latest books in our interview series. Our latest interviews are with Lena Coakley, Rosemary Griebel, Jim Nason, Michael Bliss, John Robert Colombo, David Gilmour, Maureen Jennings, Kirk Ramdath and Marion Fargey Brooker.

Put that book down and get outside — to attend some fun literary soirees. Here are some literary event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by translators and poets Oana Avasilichioaei and Erin Moure. Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Granta 116: 10 Years Later, with Sadaf Halai and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer in conversation Jared Bland. Type Books Queen West, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz by John Bacher. Stanley Knowles Housing Cooperative, 38 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto. Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Pivot: Launch for Sachiko Murakami's new poetry collection, Rebuild. The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Livewords: Readings by Joe Denham and Jeff Latosik. Hosted by Edward Nixon. Centre for Social Innovation, Suite 400, 215 Spadina Ave., Toronto. Thursday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m.

For more event listings, please go to Open Book's Events Page. If you'd like us to list your event, please send the details to Rebecca Lohse at

September Writer in Residence is Farzana Doctor; a new interview series with authors appearing at The Word On The Street; exclusive features from our amazing regular contributors, Melanie Janisse, Dalton Higgins, rob mclennan, Nathaniel G. Moore, George Murray, Shaun Smith and Becky Toyne; photos; event coverage; event listings; and more.

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All the best,
Open Book

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