Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Goodbye February, Hello March!

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Dear Readers,

The shortest month of the year is at an end, and spring is just weeks away! Here's a look back at February 2012 on Open Book: Toronto and a preview of what's coming up in March.

Ontario's Trillium Book Award, which honours literary excellence by our province's authors and their books, turns 25 this year. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and Open Book are delighted to present a special Trillium 25th Anniversary Reading Series featuring an amazing roster of Trillium winners.

The first Trillium 25 Reading Series event is on Wednesday, March 7th at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of celebration and readings by Trillium Award winners Ian Brown, Wayson Choy, Austin Clarke, Anne Michaels, Nino Ricci, Jane Urquhart and Richard B. Wright. This event will be hosted by Rachel Harry. You can find the full details here. We look forward to seeing you there!

You can enjoy more Trillium 25 Reading Series events on March 20th in Ottawa and on April 4 and May 2 in Toronto. We'll be sure to keep you updated.

In addition to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Trillium Award with the Trillium 25 Reading Series, Open Book invites readers to vote online for their 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 OMDC will then have a celebrity panel read and review those five books and declare a winner. The panel and its choice, as well as the number-one choice by Open Book readers, will be revealed at a later date.

Open Book is thrilled to have partnered with the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for a series of interviews with its 2012 finalists. Read interviews with JJ Lee, Charlotte Gill and Wade Davis, and check back each day this week for a fresh interview in the series. The winner of the $25,000 prize will be announced on Monday, March 5.

Which Canadian author suffers from hylophobia? Who was the cover model for the February 1996 issue of Harper's Magazine? What award-winner would take her cast iron pan to the ends of the earth? Find out unexpected and fascinating facts about your favourite writers with our latest interview series, The Dirty Dozen.

What's your literary dream gig? Aching to work in editorial? Secretly scribbling away at the next great Canadian novel? Cast your vote in our latest poll, and tell us how you'd like to be spending your working hours.

New in our Magazine: rob mclennan profiles AngelHouse Press and The Emergency Response Unit; Becky Toyne writes about Freedom to Read Week and Zarganar, Burma's "most famous opposition figure"; Dalton Higgins contemplates publishing and current affairs; and Brian Panhuyzen's novel, Night is a Shadow Cast By the World, keeps us gripped as we wait for each fresh chapter.

There will be many exciting literary events in Toronto in the next few weeks: the Trillium 25th Readings, The Art Bar Poetry Series, Pivot at the Press Club, the Brockton Writers Series, the Rowers Pub Reading Series, to name a few. Visit our comprehensive Events Page for a listing of Toronto's literary events.

Coming up in March: Smart interviews, must-read articles, contests, features, news items and more. We're delighted to announce that our March writer in residence is literary crime novelist CB Forrest.

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

All the best,
Open Book

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