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Dear Readers,

Happy Holidays! We hope you're enjoying this festive season with friends, family and a stack of engrossing books.

December highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

Are you a teenager who loves to write? IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario have joined forces to bring you Write Across Ontario, a unique writing contest for Ontario high school students in grades 9-12. Award-winning authors and IFOA participants Ian Rankin, Joanna Skibsrud and Miriam Toews have each written a story-starter and students are encouraged to select one and use it as the jumping off point for their own unique story.

Each student may submit one entry no longer than 500 words, including the story-starter, and it must be submitted by February 1, 2012. Entries will be judged by the Authors at Harbourfront Centre in conjunction with Open Book, and one winner will be selected from each grade. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and will have the chance to see their work published in the Open Book Magazine.

John Brady, author of the acclaimed Matt Minogue mystery novels, is blogging on Open Book as our December 2011 Writer-in-Residence. Visit John's WIR page to check out his reading and website recommendations and to read blog and his answers to the Proust Questionnaire. John has been blogging about a variety of topics, including "Tools of the Trade," failure and his favourite places to write in Toronto. You can send your questions and comments for John to or post them directly to his blog.

December Book Giveaway: Open Book and McArthur & Company are giving away a copy of John Brady's latest Matt Minogue mystery, The Coast Road. To enter your name in the draw, send an email to with the title of one of John's reading recommendations. The contest closes on December 31st.

Lillian Necakov speaks to Open Book about her personal hero, her favourite recent Canadian poetry and her latest collection of poetry, Hooligans. Read the full interview here.

The Governor General's Literary Awards celebrated their 75th anniversary recently. Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, talks to Open Book about this recent milestone, how the awards have changed over the years and what to expect in the future. Read the interview here.

Monique and Max Nemni, authors of Trudeau Transformed, talk to Open Book about Trudeau the federalist, Trudeau the separatist, Trudeau the myth and Trudeau perhaps as he really was. Read the interview here.

Rosemary Sullivan tells Open Book about dealing with serious subject matter in the form of an allegory, composing a musical soundtrack for a book, a few of her deepest influences and her latest book, Molito. Read the interview here.

Author and investigative reporter Lee Lamothe spoke to Open Book about his latest crime novel, Picasso Blues, the value of reading wiretap transcripts and the single best piece of advice about being creative. Read the interview here.

Musician, photographer and author Mark Lavorato talks about his latest book, Believing Cedric, regretted moments in life, music, photography and more. Read the interview here.

Mahtab Narsimhan speaks about her book The Tiffin, drawing inspiration from the streets of Bombay and those who have influenced her writing most. Read the interview here.

Open Book talks to Jeyn Roberts, author of the YA novel Dark Inside, about the book's four teenage survivors, her inner sociologist, how music informs her writing process and her upcoming projects. Read the interview here.

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All the best,
Open Book

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