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Dear Readers,

Only two weeks until spring! In the meantime, take your mind off the snow outside with fresh blog entries, articles and interviews from Open Book: Toronto.

Warm up for National Poetry Month with Open Book's March Writer in Residence, Jeff Latosik, author of Tiny, Frantic, Stronger (Insomniac Press). During his residency, he plans to write a lot about poetry and will be interviewing "early career poets, most who have one book and are in the midst of releasing another." He writes, "There is a lot of exciting new work being done, and I'd like to showcase that."

Stop by Jeff's Writer-in-Residence page to read his recommendations, his interview with Open Book and his blog. You can post your questions and comments for Jeff directly to his blog or send them to

Open Book and Insomniac Press are giving away a copy of Jeff's poetry collection, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger. To enter your name in the draw, send an email to with the title of one of Jeff's reading recommendations. The contest closes on March 31st.

Gutenberg 2.0, the popular ten-part online professional development program for book publishing professionals, is back this April 5th and runs through to June 24th. Offered by the Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario (OBPO), the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and Humber College, the course will "teach you everything you need to know about Web 2.0 and digital transformation." Click here for full details.

In "Party Politics," Becky Toyne writes about Pen Canada, Finding the Words (ed. Jared Bland) and The Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and reminds us of the freedom we have in Canada to celebrate what we read and write.

It's Canadian Music Week! In his latest Conflict of Interest column, Nathaniel G. Moore asks some of our favourite Canadian musicians about their favourite Canadian books. Read "Canadian Music Week Does Canadian Literature" and enter your name in a draw for one of five copies of Rob Moir's new album, This is the Lie.

Canada is known for many things, such as maple syrup, toques, uber-politeness and writers who craft really wonderful short stories. In his Conflict of Interest column, Nathaniel G. Moore investigates "The State of the Short Story" in Canada. You can read Part One and Part Two. Part Three is coming up next week.

In "Spearmint," the Toronto Poetry Vending Machine inspires columnist Melanie Janisse to head to the Big Apple and change her Toronto life.

Our latest interviews are with stellar group of authors and editors: Olive Senior, David Weedmark, Walter Pitman, Edwige Jean-Pierre, Nico Rogers, Jennifer Still and Leah Stephenson and Sarah Miniaci.

Stop by Open Book's comprehensive Events Page when you're planning your spring literary outings. If you have a literary listing you'd like us to add, please send it to Rebecca Lohse at

We'd love to hear from you! Please send your comments, questions and suggestions to

All the best,
Open Book

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