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Dear Readers,

Happy New Year! We hope that your 2013 is filled with interesting and engaging books and exciting literary events. Here's what's happening at Open Book: Toronto:

READING RESOLUTIONS FROM CANADIAN WRITERS AND BOOK LOVERS
When a new year rolls in, many of us resolve to make changes to our lives, including changes to our reading. We asked members of the Canadian literary community to share their 2013 reading resolution with us. Read "Reading Resolutions from Canadian Writers and Book Lovers" for inspiration on reading with sprawl, finishing what you start, reading without obligation and more.

POLL: WHAT IS YOUR READING RESOLUTION?
Are you turning over a new leaf in 2013, as a reader? If you could change your reading habits, what would you do? Tell us about your book-centric ambitions for the upcoming year in Open Book's newest poll! Don't see your literary plan listed? Let us know on Twitter at @openbooktoronto.

AYA TSINTZIRAS IS OBT'S JANUARY WIR
Open Book: Toronto's first writer-in-residence of 2013 is YA author Aya Tsintziras. Visit Aya's WIR page to read her blog and her On Writing interview and to check out her reading and website recommendations. You can send your questions and comments for Aya to writer@openbooktoronto.com or post them directly to her blog.

January Book Giveaway: Open Book and James Lorimer & Company are giving away a copy of Aya's debut novel, Pretty Bones. Click here for details.

WRITE ACROSS ONTARIO CONTEST WINNERS
Open Book loves nothing more than discovering young talent, and in the fall, we were honoured to partner with Planet IndigenUs and IFOA Ontario for the 2013 Write Across Ontario contest. Be sure to check out the winning stories by Tamara Fuller (Grade 7) of Poplar Bank Public School in Newmarket and Sydney Kondreska (Grade 8) of Ecole Gron Morgan in Thunder Bay.

THE LONG HAUL BY LUCY LEIDERMAN
"The Long Haul" is a monthly column by Lucy Leiderman, the author of the forthcoming YA book A Past Life (Dundurn Press). Lucy shares her writing expertise and offers tips on how to find a publisher. Read the second installment in her series, " How to tell what it is you’ve written (and pitch it in the best way possible)."

INTERVIEWS
Maureen Hynes interviews Carole Langille about her writing process, Nova Scotia and her latest book, Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems (Pedlar Press).

In an interview with Sheniz Janmohamed, Sandy Pool speaks about her second poetry collection, Undark: An Oratorio (Nightwood Editions).

Allison Grayhurst speaks to Open Book about Rilke, the best thing about being a poet and her poetry chapbook, The River is Blind (above/ground press).

Stephen Cole (Triple Overtime, Simon & Schuster Canada) takes on the Proust Questionnaire and tells Open Book about time-travel tourism, shares a quote from Proust himself and show his very Canadian favourite colours.

Britanie Wilson and Jeremy Lucyk are the brains behind an ebook series called Entering the Publishing Industry. In an interview with Open Book, Britanie gives us a sneak peak at the tips and information that can be found in the series.

Jim Smith, author of Happy Birthday Nicanor Parra (Mansfield Press), is the first author of 2013 to participate in our On Writing series. Read the interview and enter our contest to win a copy of Jim's book.



READ TO ME: COZY CLASSICS FROM JACK WANG AND HOLMAN WANG
Read To Me, a new series on Open Book, showcases those magical children’s books that kids will ask you to read many times and that you’ll love reading. Our latest post in this series features Jack Wang and Holman Wang's delightful Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick (Simply Read Books), part of their Cozy Classics series.



EVENTS
Visit our comprehensive Events Page for a full listing of Toronto's many literary events. Sign up for Open Book's free mobile app and let it guide you to the literary events that you're attending.

Do you have a literary event that you'd like listed on Open Book? Please send it to events@openbooktoronto.com.

THE BEST OF OPEN BOOK 2012
While the New Year gives us an opportunity to look forward, it's also a time for reflection. Read "The Best of Open Book 2012" for a list of last year’s most-read articles and features on Open Book: Toronto and Open Book: Ontario.


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

All the Best,
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