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Kate Pullinger, Winter Magazine and More

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Dear Readers,

Here's what's on for February at Open Book: Toronto.

We are delighted to announce that award-winning author Kate Pullinger (The Mistress of Nothing, McArthur & Company) is Open Book's February Writer in Residence. Visit her WIR page to read her blog and her interview with Open Book and to check out her reading and website recommendations. You can send your questions and comments for Kate to or post them directly to her blog.

February Book Giveaway: Open Book and McArthur & Company are giving away a copy of Kate's Governor General's Award-winning novel, The Mistress of Nothing. To enter the contest, send a note to with your answer to the following question: What website does Kate recommend on her Open Book Writer-in-Residence page? The contest closes February 28th.

Win one of five pairs of tickets to An Evening with Jowi Taylor: Six String Nation in the Royal St. George Speakers' Series. To enter, send an email with the subject heading "Jowi" to and tell us the nickname of the Six String Nation guitar. (Hint: visit Jowi's Taylor's page on the National Speakers Bureau website to find out.) The contest closes February 8th.

Win a copy of The Education of Hailey Kendrick and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood! To enter, send an email with the subject heading "Eileen Cook" to and tell us the name of your favorite YA book or novelist. The contest closes February 11th.

Which Ontario town once smuggled banned copies of James Joyce's Ulysses into the hands of curious Canadian readers? Where can you find a 12-paned stained glass collection inspired by the work of a dozen Ontario poets? What's the latest installation for Project Bookmark Canada — and how should you go about starting up a writing group or book club of your own? These are just a few of the things you'll discover by following the interviews, event listings and articles published on Open Book: Ontario. Keep up-to-date with Open Book: Ontario by subscribing to our monthly newsletter. Readers who subscribe before February 28th will automatically be entered in a draw for one of two $100 gift certificates to the Ontario book store of your choice.

Open Book's 2011 Winter Magazine is up. We like to call it "The Sports Issue."

In her essay, "Mind Over Matter? Matter Over Mind," runner and writer Angela Hibbs contemplates the importance of exercise for a writer and talks to some of Canada's fittest authors about their routines.

Michael Holmes's "A Winter Classic" imagines a world where books and publishing are treated with the sports media's unflinching and critical gaze.

In this issue's 48-Hour Interview, "Ninja Skills and Marmite Books," Kelvin Kong and Dan Wagstaff discuss publishing, books and the ninja skills required to break into the book business.

Our Spotlight series raises a glass to "The Rabble-Rousers," the people who never shy away from healthy debates about any and all things literary. The Spotlight portraits are created and photographed by one of our favourite Toronto photographers, Anna Ross.

In Becky Toyne's latest column, "When Tattoos Get Serious Ink," she writes about the popularity of Scandinavian crime fiction and exciting new mysteries forthcoming from Spiderline, an imprint of House of Anansi Press.

"Found Press Media is a novel new publisher. But they don't publish novels. They don't even publish printed works. They are a new and exciting press that is sure to make waves in the Canadian publishing scene, one short story at a time." In "Finders Keepers: Found Press's Radical Approach to Publishing," Open Booker Adebe DeRango-Adem talks to Bryan Ibeas, one of the press's founders.

Found Press is currently accepting submissions. Click here for details.

Don't miss our latest author interviews with David O'Meara , Eileen Cook, Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen, Althea Prince, Jon Klassen and Ruth Roach Pierson.

Visit Open Book's Events page for a comprehensive list of literary activities in the GTA. Do you have an event that you'd like listed? Please send an email to Rebecca Lohse at

We'd love to hear from you. You can send your questions and comments to

All the best,
Open Book

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