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Falling for Fall at Open Book: Toronto - Interviews, Bowie, The Word on the Street & More!

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Dear Readers,

It's fall, the season of ch-ch-changes! You'll want to blow like a leaf on over to Open Book: Toronto to hear about David Bowie's favourite books, read some great new interviews with talented Canadian authors, get up to date on the literary awards season and update your calendar with the city's most exciting literary events. Check out our newsletter for highlights of what we're up to during this season of bookish frenzy!


Want to read like David Bowie? Of course you do! Check out our most recent Special Feature to get a taste of the Art Gallery of Ontario's wildly successful David Bowie Is exhibit, and to view an exclusive list of David Bowie's Top 100 Recommend Reads! David Bowie Is runs until November 27 at the AGO — don't miss the opportunity to get unprecedented access to the inner world of one of the most influential creators of the 20th (and 21st!) century.


September was a great month with author and translator Victoria Sedova (The Bay of Lost Love, BookLand Press) as Open Book's Writer-in-Residence!

If you missed any of Victoria's great posts in September, you can check out her WIR page to catch them all. And don't miss her Five Things Literary interview with Open Book for a tour of Victoria's favourite literary spots in Toronto.


One of Toronto's most talented and buzzed-about young writers, Stacey May Fowles continues to build on her literary success with her hot-off-the-presses new novel, Infidelity (ECW Press). And all through October, you'll be treated to Stacey's trademark incisive, moving and witty writing as she takes up the mantle of Open Book Writer-in-Residence.

Check out Stacey's WIR page for more information, and send your questions and comments for Stacey to or post them directly to her blog.


Open Book: Toronto is thrilled to wrap up another year of partnership with Toronto's favourite outdoor literary festival and the highlight of many a book lover's calendar: The Word on the Street. We hope you all made it out to Queen's Park to enjoy fabulous readings, exciting magazine and book sales and delicious street food!

Congratulations to all of our WOTS contest winners, who will have plenty of great reading to enjoy courtesy of The Word on the Street!: Eugenia Catroppa, Meaghan Johns, Judy van Ryn, Jean Pollack and Francine Fogel!

You can now read all of our interviews with featured authors from The Word on the Street's acclaimed Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent! Don't miss great WOTS-centric chats with:
Adam Dickinson (Coach House Books)
Gillian Savigny (Insomniac Press)
Andrew Faulkner (Coach House Books)
Charlie Angus (Between the Lines Books)
David Tsubouchi (ECW Press)
Sarah Liss (Coach House Books)


Our interviews are the nest best thing to being with an author in person — whether it's their favourite books, their funniest anecdotes or their best tips and tricks for compelling writing, we get you up close and personal with Canada's finest scribes!

Check out:
Margaret Christakos on seadoos and uncooperative poems
SP Hozy on James Joyce and Anne of Green Gables
Debut novelist Lauren Carter on books with pink spines and Farley Mowat
David O'Meara on eating cheese with Nick Cave and getting trapped in the Montreal Metro
Souvankham Thammavongsa on the first word she loved and how commuting can be an inspiration
Bookseller Kathryn Sussman on wearing lots of literary hats and combining a love for books with a love for animals


A few of our top choices for the book lover's social calendar, for the next two weeks:

  • TONIGHT! Thursday, October 3 at 8:0p.m.: The Coach House Fall Launch! Don't miss this excellent party, with dancing, readings and all things literary. Featured authors: Margaret Christakos, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Matthew Heiti, David O'Meara, Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West, Toronto.
  • Sunday, October 6 at 2:00p.m.: Acclaimed American author and 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize juror Jonathan Lethem is featured at this latest edition of the excellent Appel Salon series. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.
  • Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00p.m.: Why see one great author when you can see two? Check out Elizabeth Ruth and Lauren Carter for an evening of great readings at one of Toronto's most beautiful bookstores. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto.

Go to Open Book's comprehensive Events Page for details and a full list of literary events. If you have an event you'd like listed on our site, please send the details to

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

All the Best,
Open Book

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