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October at OBT: Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Magazine, Interviews and More

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Dear Readers,

October highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

October 2011 Writer in Residence Dorothy Ellen's Palmer's daily blog posts will delight you. She's interviewing fellow authors in her "These Questions Three" series, she's introducing us to books we now want to read, she's making lists and she's sharing parts of her novel-in-progress, Kerfuffle. Visit her WIR page to read her blog, her On Writing interview and her reading and website recommendations.

You can send your questions for Dorothy to or post them directly to her blog.

October Book Giveaway: Open Book and Coach House Books are giving away a copy of Dorothy's novel, When Fenelon Falls. To enter your name in the draw, send an email to with the title of one of Dorothy's reading recommendations. The contest closes on October 31st.

You know all those times you've thought to yourself, "What advice would a Literary Agent give me?" but you haven't had a Literary Agent to ask? Well, you'll be as delighted as we are that uber-Agent Samantha Haywood will be back on Open Book later this year with her popular Agent's Corner column. Is there a specific topic that you'd like Samantha to address in her column? Send your suggestions and questions to

We've updated our Magazine with a spiffy new look and more regularly updated features. Visit the Magazine page for essays, articles about the lit scene, photos and the monthly Top Ten lists of bestselling Canadian books. Currently in the Magazine:

  • The Scene: A featured video of Open Book's day at The Word On The Street.
  • The Buzz: An article by Open Booker Michael Doyle on the Alcuin Society Awards ceremony, with a photo gallery of images from the evening.
  • Perspectives: Nathaniel G. Moore on how to "Be Your Own PR Dream Team."
  • Spotlight: A striking photo gallery of Ontario poets.
  • Literati: Open Book's Contributing Editor, Grace O'Connell, snapped photos of a few of our favourite Toronto writers at The Word On The Street.
  • In Profile: rob mclennan talks to Sean Wilson, co-founder of the Ottawa International Writers' Festival.

Our latest author interviews:

October certainly is a book-lovers dream. There are more literary events happening this month than it's possible to attend, but there's no harm in trying! Visit OBT's Events Page and plan your calendar. Have an event that you'd like listed? Please send it to

Sure Toronto is bustling with literary activity, but the rest of Ontario is no slouch when it comes to amazing literary events. Visit our sister site, Open Book: Ontario, for news, interviews and events from Project Bookmark Canada, IFOA Ontario, Kingston WritersFest and more.

Questions? Compliments? Suggestions? Send them to

All the best,
Open Book

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