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Michael Januska, the World's Biggest Book Club, Author Interviews & More

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Dear Readers,

We hope you're enjoying a lovely summer! Here are your July updates from Open Book.


Michael Januska (Riverside Drive, Dundurn) is Open Book's July 2013 Writer in Residence! Visit Michael's WIR page to read his notes on bookstore etiquette, his notes from the flood, his random thoughts, his reports from the kitchen table and more. You'll also want to check out his Five Things Literary interview with Open Book and his reading and website recommendations.

You can send your questions and comments for Michael to or post them directly to his blog.

July Book Giveaway: Enter our July draw for your chance to win a copy of Riverside Drive. To enter your name in the draw, send an email to with the title of one of the reading recommendations that Michael lists on his WIR page. The contest closes on July 31, 2013, and is subject to the following Rules.


"Being a reader means that you read, not that you read more or better than somebody else. Reading’s a giant inclusive club, and we should all be in it together." In her latest column, "Welcome to the World's Biggest Book Club," Becky Toyne writes about book snobs and reading what you love.

"Writer and professor Lynn Crosbie is known as an innovator; her books have blurred genres and sparked controversy. So it makes sense that when she teaches a writing course, it's got an innovative twist." Open Book: Toronto's Contributing Editor, Grace O'Connell, writes about "Lynn Crosbie and the Writing Project and the AGO."

"I’ll admit, it’s getting increasingly harder for me to finish my manuscript chapters because Kim Kardashian just gave birth to Yeezy’s first child, and my Edward Snowden NSA whistleblower conspiracy theories need further cultivation." Dalton Higgins asks, "Are you spending more time on Pinterest than on your prose?"


Former chef, veteran journalist and fiction writer Shaun Smith talks to Open Book about writing, cooking and his new book, Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs (Tightrope Books).

Keith Henderson (The Roof Walkers, DC Books) answers the Proust Questionnaire and tells Open Book about an enviable extravagance, the instrument he'd most like to master and a motto that is all in the family.

Artist Meaghan Carter illustrated her answer to the question, "What does a day in the life of a cartoonist look like?"

Internet food and health writer Meghan Telpner (Undiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health, Random House Canada) tells us about vibrant health, the practice of "healthwashing" and her very favourite thing to eat.

Kirsten Gundlack speaks to Open Book about acting, writing and her debut novel, Inheritance (Quattro Books).

Kelly Ward (Keep It Beautiful, Tightrope Books) speaks to Open Book about how being well-adjusted is overrated, characters running around in her head and her favourite CanLit short fiction gems.

In our latest Behind The Books interview, Caitlyn Stewart, Marketing Coordinator for Dundurn Press, tells us about a typical work day, social media and fake animal autopsies.


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