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Dear Readers,

We've been all around the world these past two weeks, chatting with the curator behind the David Bowie Book List and with British literary icon Dame Margaret Drabble, but we're always rooted in our literary home! Our Read Ontario celebration continues for another week, which means there is still time for you to enter to win a staggering 42 fantastic Ontario books!

Read on for fabulous interviews, our brand new writer-in-residence, and highlights from our comprehensive literary event listing!


Our partnership with the Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario's Read Ontario celebration is going strong! Check out our interviews with Ontario's finest, including Julie Macfie Sobol, author of Love and Forgetting.

And don't miss the chance to win 42 fantastic Ontario-authored books! Click here and scroll down for your chance to win this amazing Ontario library!


Every year the Writers' Trust black tie gala raises important funds that go to support authors across Canada. Through their literary prizes, grants, writing retreat, scholarships and more, the Writers' Trust gives more money to Canadian writers than any other non-governmental organization, and the gala is essential to their operations.

Best of all, the gala plays host to dozens of our favourite authors, and every year we chat to a few of them about the experience of attending. We're used to speaking to writers about their days, but this month we're chatting with Writers at Night!

Check out this series of interviews to hear about what everyone will be wearing, what fellow author these writers would love to sit with and much more!

Writers at Night with Craig Davidson
Writers at Night with Stacey May Fowles
Writers at Night with Wayne Johnston

Stay tuned to Open Book: Toronto until the November 14 gala for more Writers at Night postings!


Our list of David Bowie's 100 Must Read Books was picked up on websites around the world, and now we're back chatting with the curator who incorporated the list into the AGO's wildly successful David Bowie Is exhibit, Dr. Kathryn Johnson.

From Bowie's early days as a short story writer to the 1984 musical adaptation that almost happened, you won't want to miss Dr. Johnson's insights! Click here to read about how David Bowie's Book List and his writing process.


Kim Firmston, the author of Touch (Lorimer Publishing) is our November 2013 Writer-in-Residence!

Kim has wasted no time getting some awesome posts up, so don't miss them! You catch her interview with author Giles Slade, her post on playing writing with kids and her interview with editor Carrie Gleason, with much more to come!

Check out Kim's WIR page to hear about her writing process and much more, and send your questions and comments for Kim to or post them directly to her blog.

You can also win a copy of Touch! Click here for more details on how to enter.


We've got great interviews for you, including one very special guest author, visiting from the UK for the International Festival of Authors — Dame Margaret Drabble, one of the most respected British writers alive today. We also hosted two Halloween-themed interviews with perfectly spooky writers Evan Munday and Liisa Ladouceur:

Dame Margaret Drabble on her new book, The Pure Gold Baby

Writer, publicist and illustrator Evan Munday on his writing process and his brand new middle grade novel, Dial M for Morna

Cultural commentator Liisa Ladouceur on her new book How to Kill a Vampire and the books that have effected her writing life

And for more Halloween-themed literary excitement, check out our Halloween Reading List!


The International Festival of Authors is over, but you still have tons of fantastic book events to choose from! Here's a selection of great events happening over the next two weeks:

  • TOMORROW! Saturday, November 9 at 1:00p.m.:. Small Print Toronto throws a 35th birthday party for venerable children's publisher Groundwood Books! Join guest authors at the city's biggest party for little readers. Toronto Public Library, Lillian Smith Branch, 239 College St, Toronto.
  • Monday, November 11 at 7:30a.m.: IFOA Weekly presents award-winning American writer Ann Patchett, who will be interviewed by Emma Donoghue. Tickets via Harbourfront Centre. York Quay Centre, Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.
  • Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00p.m.: Senior Editor of Toronto's The Grid Edward Keenan talks Toronto politics and the city's future. Toronto Public Library, Downsview Branch (Auditorium), 2793 Keele 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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