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Trillium 25 Contest & Readings, Author Interviews and More

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Dear Readers,

March updates from Open Book: Toronto:

Attention book lovers! The Trillium 25th Anniversary Contest ends on March 28th. Vote online for your personal favourite Trillium Award-winning book, and you'll have a chance to win one of three Kobo eReaders!

Once the contest ends, we will announce the five titles that won the most votes. The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) will then have a celebrity panel read and review those five books, and declare a winner.

To enter the contest and for full contest details, click here.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ontario's Trillium Book Award, the OMDC and Open Book are delighted to present a special Trillium 25th Anniversary Reading Series featuring an amazing roster of Trillium winners.

The next Trillium 25 Reading Series event is on Wednesday, April 4th at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of celebration and readings by Trillium Book Award for Poetry winners Jeramy Dodds, Maureen Scott Harris, Jeff Latosik, Adam Sol and Karen Solie. This event will be hosted by Rachel Harry. You can find the full details here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Did you know that Book Madam and author Julie Wilson has thrown up on a dolphin? That award-winning playwright Anusree Roy has to cut her nails before she writes a new play? That George Carlin once talked a NYC cop out of giving film journalist and critic David Spaner a parking ticket? Check out our new Dirty Dozen series to find out unexpected facts about Canada's literati.

In our latest On Writing interviews, Leah Bobet, Benjamin Wood and Pietro Corsi tell us about their latest books, their writing habits and their next projects.

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS: George Murray's Questionless Books Interview
The latest interviews in this must-read series are with poet and filmmaker David Seymour and author and Ontario Arts Council Literature Officer John Degen.

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS: The Proust Questionnaire
Susan Glickman tells Open Book about her favourite letter of the alphabet, a delicious way to die and her greatest accomplishment. Kyo Maclear tells Open Book about a fondness for the Buster Keaton-esque, the formula to avoid ever being bored and her favourite musician.

Our latest Video of the Week is the trailer for Kyo Mclear's beautiful new children's book, Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press). With gorgeous illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, Virginia Wolf is a story about childhood depression, sisters and the glorious power of the imagination.

Some event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Coach House Spring Launch. The Dance Cave, 529 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 28 at 8p.m.
  • Launch for Mothering a Bodied Curriculum (University of Toronto Press), edited by Stephanie Springgay and Debra Freedman. Toronto Women's Bookstore, 70 Harbord Street, Toronto. Thursday, March 29 at 6:00p.m.
  • Official launch of National Poetry Month. League of Canadian Poets, 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. Monday, April 2 at 5:00p.m.
  • Rowers Pub Reading Series, with Karen Connelly (Burmese Lessons, Random House Canada), Adam Seelig (Talking Masks: Oedipussy, BookThug) and Dane Swan (Bending the Continuum, Guernica). Harbord House, 150 Harbord St., Toronto. Monday, April 2 at 7:30p.m.
  • Reading by Andrew Borkowski (Copernicus Avenue, Cormorant Books). Toronto Public Library - Annette Street, 145 Annette Street, Toronto. Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00p.m.
  • Trillium 25th Anniversary Poetry Readings, with Jeramy Dodds, Maureen Scott Harris, Jeff Latosik, Adam Sol and Karen Solie. Hosted by Rachel Harry. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30p.m.
  • Pivot Reading Series, with Grace O'Connell (Magnified World, Random House Canada), Julie Cameron Gray and Matthew Tierney (The Hayflick Limit, Coach House Books). The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Visit our comprehensive Events Page for a full listing of Toronto's literary events.

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All the best,
Open Book

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