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Dear Readers,

Happy Valentine's Day! Open Book: Toronto is your online source for intriguing reading suggestions, captivating blog posts, features that will set your pulse racing and events that will make you swoon. Your February updates from OBT:

NATALIE ZINA WALSCHOTS IS OBT'S FEBRUARY WRITER IN RESIDENCE
We are enchanted by the way our February writer in residence, Natalie Zina Walschots, can skillfully write about a variety of topics with charm, humour and honesty. Once you read her blog posts on plagiarism, writer's block, self doubt, self care and what it means to be a writer, you'll be hooked too.

Contest: Open Book and Insomniac Press are giving away a copy of Natalie's poetry collection, DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains. Click here to enter.

POETRY TO PILLOWTALK: THE 14 BEST POEMS TO WOO A LOVER
To celebrate Valetine's Day, we asked writers, publishing professionals and literary luminaries for their selection of the best poem with which to turn your beloved's knees to jelly. From the poem that isn't written yet to a novel that sneaks in, romantic inspiration abounds. Read "Poetry to Pillowtalk" to get the best recommendations for the perfect literary Valentine's.

ROMANTIC READS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Looking for the perfect gift to bring home at the end of the day? You can't go wrong with one of the titles on our latest Open Book Recommends list: "Open Book Recommends: Romantic Reads for Valentine's Day." You'll find mystery, humour, history and — of course — romance.

MIRANDA HILL ON CLOSE READING
As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a cherished book is determined by the reader. Or, more eloquently stated, "... there’s probably no such thing as a best book, there’s just a best book for a particular reader." In Miranda Hill's engaging debut column for Open Book, "Close Reading," she writes about readers' varied book tastes and the looming awards season.

JOHN DEGEN ON COPYRIGHT
In an interview that quickly shot to the top of our "Most Popular Reads" list, John Degen, the Executive Director of The Writers' Trust, spoke with Open Book: Toronto's Contributing Editor, Grace O'Connell, about emerging issues in Canadian copyright and intellectual property, and in particular about recent changes to the laws surrounding these practices. Read "Free For All - Canadian Copyright, Intellectual Property and What Happens Next: An Interview with John Degen."

RECOMMENDED READS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Each February, Canadians celebrate the rich heritage and history of Canada's African-Canadian communities with Black History Month events and celebrations across the country. We've put together a list of recommended titles for you to read during Black History Month — and the rest of the year.

EVENTS
This February 14th, we suggest you step out to Q Space for readings by Jeanette Lynes, Open Book's WIR Natalie Zina Walschots and Open Book's Contributing Editor Grace O'Connell or head to the University of Toronto to join Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke for the launch of The Great Black North.

Find upcoming events for the rest of the month and beyond on Open Book's Events page. If you have an event you'd like us to list, please send it to events@openbooktoronto.com.

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.


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

All the Best,
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