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Hot Town, Hot Books: Open Book Works Up a Sweat for Summer Reads!

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Dear Readers,

Hot town, reading in the city!

June is here and Toronto is geared up for a long summer of hot reads. It's time for festivals, awards, contests and more, and we've got it all on Open Book: Toronto.

Read on to hear what we've been up to, to meet our new writer-in-residence and of course to check out our comprehensive literary event listing.


Arts and culture festival Luminato is now underway and this year's literary programming is not to be missed! From themed panels to author-guided walking tours and more, Toronto readers have a wealth of options to choose from.

We spoke to Literary & Ideas Curator Noah Richler all about what Luminato offers book lovers — don't miss his insightful discussion of Toronto's literary character and his preview of what the festival has to offer this year.

You can also hear from some of the authors slated to appear at A Literary Picnic on June 15 in this video. The Literary Picnic event will include forty-five beloved Toronto authors gathering in Trinity Bellwoods Park to connect with readers, fellow writers, and Torontonians of all stripes.


There's still time to enter our Trillium Book Awards contest! Just think — you could win an entire set of the English language finalists for the 2014 Trillium Book Awards. What a summer reading list!

Don't miss your chance to enter to win this fantastic set of books. Enter by June 16, 2014!


We're thrilled to welcome Kim Moritsugu as this month's writer-in-residence at Open Book!

For her inaugral post, Kim took readers into the author's point of view, relating her recent experiences at Ben McNally Book's beloved Books & Brunch event.

Next she helped us get in the mood for Luminato and the rest of the great literary events coming up in Toronto this summer with a post about Toronto's literary character and heritage.

Stay tuned to our Writer-in-Residence page for more great posts by Kim. You can also send questions to Kim throughout the month of June at


We are spoiled by the wealth of fantastic authors appearing on Open Book: Toronto these days! Below is just a peek into some of our recent discussions with and guest posts from talented Canadian writers — visit the site for lots more!

Pop culture expert Geoff Pevere tells us about some of his favourite reads

Writer and psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky talks Freud, Alfred Nobel, and the secrets of Stonehenge

Creator of the Dan Sharp mystery series Geoffrey Round takes us into the work space where he spills about writing on Kleenex boxes and what James Dean has to do with his writing process

Author and veteran bookseller Lynn Thomson talks to us about her literary debut, parenting and bird watching

Columnist Shaun Smith rounds up the best of the internet for book lovers right now


Here's a selection of great events happening over the next month:

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 6:30pm: Luminato presents #ReadWomen2014, panel featuring Liz Renzetti, Heather O'Neill, Lisa Gabriele and Miriam Toews. Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:00pm: Plenitude Magazine Presents: An evening with some of Toronto's favourite Queer Writers, including Dani Couture, Vivek Shraya, Trevor Corkum and more! The Steady, 1051 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
  • Monday, June 16, 2014 - 6:30pm: Join us to celebrate the finalists of the 2014 Trillium Book Award with an authors reading and reception! Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
  • Monday, June 23, 2014 - 6:30pm: End of Spring Book Launch with Playwrights Canada Press! Join playwrights Lisa Codrington, Arun Lakra, John Lazarus, Jordi Mand and many more to welcome the summer! No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College 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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