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Dear Readers,

January was a busy month at Open Book: Toronto. We posted many new interviews and articles, and our writer in residence, Aya Tsintziras, kept us hooked on her thoughtful posts about the importance of poetry, finding inspiration, the pleasures of reading and other topics dear to our hearts.

A look back to January 2013 at Open Book:

1001 CANADIAN NIGHTS: EXCELLENT ONTARIO-PUBLISHED EBOOKS AVAILABLE ON KOBO.CA (+ A CONTEST!)
The Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO) is holding a promtion of its members' ebooks on Kobo.ca. Check it out, and get to know over 350 fantastic title published here in Ontario! The promotion includes a chance to win a Kobo Arc or a Kobo Mini. You can find the full details here. Hurry! The promotion ends on February 3, 2013.

BECKY TOYNE ON EDWARD KEENAN'S GREAT IDEA
"As a lover of Toronto for the reasons I am," writes Becky Toyne, "the opening line of [Edward] Keenan’s book spoke to me: 'I have this notion that cities are just a collection of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.'" In Toyne's latest column, "Toronto: Great Idea," she tells the story of her Toronto and why you will want to read Keenan's new book, Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto (Coach House Books).


CBC CANADA READS INTERVIEW SERIES
Every year, book lovers across the country tune in to CBC to cheer on their chosen title in our national literary throw-down, Canada Reads. Hosted by popular CBC personality and author Jian Ghomeshi, the contest pits five fantastic Canadian books against one another in a (mostly) friendly competition. Read Open Book's interviews with Jane Urquhart, David Bergen and Richard Wagamese, and stay tuned for more interviews with 2013 CBC Canada Reads writers and panelists this week and next.


BOOK LOVER'S BALL INTERVIEW SERIES
The Book Lover's Ball is a fantastic fundraiser for the Toronto Public Library Foundation. It's on February 7, 2013, and the gala will see more than 60 authors in attendance. In the lead-up to the event, Open Book is chatting with several of the gala's guest authors. Read interviews with Gretchen Rubin and Kevin Sylvester and check back more interviews with guests authors from the Book Lover's Ball.


THE LONG HAUL BY LUCY LEIDERMAN
"The Long Haul" is a monthly column by author Lucy Leiderman in which she shares her writing expertise and offers tips on how to find a publisher. Part one of a three-part column, "The Branding Checklist: Simple ways to create a memorable persona both on and off line," will guide you through the sometimes confusing world of social media.

HONE YOUR SKILLS AT THE HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Coming up! Harbourfront Centre is offering two Literary Arts workshops that will be of interest to many emerging and self-published writers.

  • "Editing 101" is on February 23, 2013. It's a workshop on how to self-edit, and it's lead by two experts: novelist Brian Francis and Doubleday Canada senior editor Nita Pronovost.
  • "Publicity 101" is on March 16, 2013. Led by novelist Brian Francis and Random House of Canada publicity manager Adria Iwasutiak, the workshop teaches writers how to publicize their books and increase their readership.



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'd like to attend.

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

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY
Look to Open Book in February for Open Book Recommends reading lists, smart new interviews, exclusive articles about the Can Lit scene, Freedom to Read Week features and engaging posts from our February 2013 writer in residence, Natalie Zina Walschots.


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

All the Best,
Open Book

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