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March Updates from OBT

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Dear Readers,

Happy early spring! We hope you're taking advantage of this unseasonably warm weather to head to your favourite outdoor reading spot with a good book. Here are some March updates from Open Book: Toronto.

New in the Open Book Magazine:

Every Monday in March, the Open Book Magazine will feature one of the four winning stories in Open Book: Ontario and IFOA Ontario's Write Across Ontario contest. Read the prize-winning stories by high school students Kathleen Chen and Jessica Kim.

Ashliegh Gehl's feature on Iain Reid takes us beyond writing and into the realm of Mini-Wheats, sports and memoirs.

Danielle Webster introduces us to the charm of Toronto bookstore Sellers & Newel, a new second-hand book dealer that stocks "many first editions and antiquarian books, including some rare editions of books by J.R.R. Tolkien."

Since late January, Open Book has been serializing a section of Brian Panhuyzen's brilliant novel, Night is a Shadow Cast By the World. We recently posted chapter 17, the last chapter in the section, and we are left gripped by suspense.

In celebration of the Trillium Book Award's 25th Anniversary, Open Book and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) are presenting a special series of readings by past Trillium winners. On Wedensday, March 7, the first night of the series was held at the Gladstone Hotel. Guests enjoyed readings by Ian Brown, Wayson Choy, Austin Clarke, Anne Michaels, Nino Ricci, Jane Urquhart and Richard B. Wright. Rachel Harry hosted. Photographer Anna Ross was there to capture the event. Click here for the gallery. Find out about the upcoming Trillium 25 Readings here.

In the Magazine, you'll also find the lists of the Top Ten Canadian bestsellers from Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Northern Women's Bookstore and Type Books (the Forest Hill store).

CB Forrest is Open Book: Toronto's March 2012 Writer in Residence! Visit CB's WIR page to read his blog and his interview with Open Book and to check out his reading and website recommendations. You can send your questions and comments for CB to or post them directly to his blog.

March Book Giveaway: Open Book and Dundurn Books are giving away three sets of CB Forrest's books, The Weight of Stones and Slow Recoil. Click here for details on how to enter your name in the draw.

Win a Kobo E-Reader with the Trillium 25th Anniversary Contest: Open Book invites readers to vote online for their favourite Trillium Award-winning book. Vote 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 OMDC will then have a celebrity panel read and review those five books and declare a winner. The panel and its choice, as well as the number-one choice by Open Book readers, will be revealed at a later date.

Some event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Myna Wallin, Mike Lummis, Sarah Varnam and Domenico Capilongo. Quattro Wordstage, The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm.
  • Readings by Julie Cameron Gray and Matthew Tierney (The Hayflick Limit, Coach House Books). The Boneshaker Reading Series, Toronto Public Library, St. Clair/ Silverthorn Branch, 1748 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto. Tuesday, March 20 at 7pm.
  • Readings by Sandra Ridley (Post-Apothecary, Pedlar Press), Rebecca Rosenblum (The Big Dream, Biblioasis) and Ayelet Tsabari (The Best Place on Earth, forthcoming from HarperCollins 2013). Pivot at the Press Club Reading Series, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00pm.
  • Readings by Sheniz Janmohamed (Bleeding Light, TSAR) and Ashok Mathur (A Little Distillery in Nowgong, Arsenal Pulp Press). Beit Zatoun House, 612 Markham Street, Toronto. Friday, March 23 at 7:15pm.
  • Jonathan Campbell (Red Rock, Earnshaw Books) in conversation with Al Di and Helen Feng. This Is Not A Reading Series, Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Saturday, March 24 at 1pm.
  • Readings by Ronna Bloom, Lorne Blumer, Andrew J. Borkowski, Michael Kramer and Jenny Sampirisi. Draft Reading Series, The Only Cafe, 966 Danforth, Toronto. Sunday, March 25 at 1pm.
  • Talk by Richard Feltoe (Redcoated Ploughboys, Dundurn). The Parler Fort Series, Fort York, 100 Garrison Road, Toronto. Monday, March 26 at 7pm.

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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