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Dear Readers,

Happy... spring? Winter? We're not sure what to make of the weather, but we do know that all seasons are perfect for reading good books. This month, Open Book: Toronto brings you exciting contests, enticing reading recommendations, engrossing interviews, fresh articles, a taste of a brilliant novel and heaps of event listings, and we are thrilled to welcome our new writer in residence, Ava Homa!

WIN A KOBO E-READER WITH THE TRILLIUM 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONTEST
One of our favourite literary awards turns 25 this year: the prestigious Trillium Book Award. To mark this landmark anniversary, Open Book invites readers to be a part of the celebration by voting online for their personal favourite Trillium Award-winning book. Vote and you'll have a chance to win one of three Kobo eReaders!

Once the contest ends, we will announce the five titles that won the most votes. The Ontario Media Development Corporation, who administers the Trillium Book Award, will then have a celebrity panel read and review those five books, and declare a winner. The panel and their choice, as well as the number one choice by Open Book readers, will be revealed at a later date.

For full details, please click here.

READING RECOMMENDATIONS & CONTEST FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Looking for gift suggestions for your sweetie for the 14th? Look no further. We've put together a list of book recommendations that includes titles for a wide range of interests. After you read the list, enter the contest to win one of four prize packs from Open Book and the Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario. You can find the full contest details here.

FEBRUARY WRITER IN RESIDENCE AVA HOMA
We are delighted to announce that Ava Homa is Open Book: Toronto's February 2012 Writer in Residence! Visit her WIR page to read her blog and her list of Five Things Literary and to check out her reading and website recommendations. You can send your questions for Ava to writer@openbooktoronto.com or post them directly to her blog.

February Book Giveaway: Open Book and TSAR Publications are giving away a copy of Ava's collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land. Click here for full details.

OPEN BOOK'S DIRTY DOZEN
We often ask writers about where their ideas come from or which authors inspire them, and that is good stuff to know, but sometimes we want to know more about the writers we admire. Open Book has launched a new interview series, The Dirty Dozen, that gives authors a chance to tell us twelve things we would have never guessed. Thanks to Robert Hough, author of Brinkley's Tower (House of Anansi Press) for kicking off the series.

BECKY TOYNE ON DICKENS AND DIGITAL PUBLISHING
"Once Mr. Dickens had recovered from these initial shocks, however, and picked his bearded chin up off the floor, I wonder if he might sagely point out to us that there are many similarities between the established publishing practices of then and the new publishing practices of now." If Charles Dickens were still alive, he'd have celebrated his 200th birthday on February 7th. In her latest column for Open Book, Becky Toyne contemplates how Dickens might feel about digital publishing.

BOOKS ON FILM
You've read the book, now see the movie! TIFF's Books On Film series kicked off this month, and there's an impressive line-up of films adapted from books on the schedule. The series is hosted by Eleanor Wachtel and each evening features a guest speaker. Read more about the must-see series in Nicole Baute's article, "Let Movies Colonize Your Mind at Books on Film".

INTERVIEWS
Check out our latest interviews with some of Canada's finest writers: Jonathan Campbell, Carmen Aguirre, Marina Nemat and Dave Meslin.

EVENTS
Readings! Workshops! Launches! Festivals! So many great literary events to attend. Visit our comprehensive Events Page to help you plan your schedule.

EXCERPT: NIGHT IS A SHADOW CAST BY THE WORLD
At this point in Toronto writer Brian Panhuyzen's ambitious new novel, Night is a Shadow Cast By the World, we are left with many questions: Where is Cordell? Who was in the aeroplane? What is up with the employee at the bookstore? How will Marla cope? Not sure what we're on about? We've been serializing a section of Brian's book on Open Book, and we're completely hooked. You can read chapters 1-9 here.

We'd love to hear from you! Please send your questions, comments and suggestions to clelia@openbooktoronto.com

All the best,
Open Book

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