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Dear Readers,

May updates from Open Book: Toronto:

Grace O'Connell spoke with Open Book about her eagerly anticipated debut novel, Magnified World, which is in stores on May 29th. Read "Through the Magnifying Glass: Grace O'Connell on Writing, Women and Magnified World" by Erin Knight

"Jan Wong is, as we would say in the hip-hop parlance, gangsta." Read "Jan Wong Comes Out of the Blue, and Into the Black" by Dalton Higgins.

In "Quillcast, Episode 9," Will Ferguson discusses the origins of humour in creative writing.

"Skip a pain-au-chocolat or two for breakfast and watch your waistline lose a Methodist Hatchett and Killdeer faster than you can say 'sonnet'!" Read Becky Toyne's guide to "The Book Diet" and watch the pounds melt as the books come off the shelf.

rob mclennan chats with George Elliott Clarke and asks him a few questions.

"A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is... one that hasn't had the chance to talk to anyone yet but is anxious to." Tony Burgess responds to George Murray's Questionless Books Interview.

There's still time to enter to win a $200 gift certificate to your favourite bookstore! Click here for details.

Love children's lit? Be sure to visit Susan Hughes's Writer-in-Residence page where she chats with publishers, bookstore owners, writers and illustrators about books for kids.

This country has an amazing comic book scene! Visit our Whazamo! page where we showcase talented Canadian graphic novelists and illustrators throughout May.

Get to know some stellar Canadian writers with Open Book's engaging interview series: On Writing, The Proust Questionnaire, At The Desk, The Gutter Series and The Dirty Dozen.

Readings! Launches! Workshops! Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Tuesday, May 29th at 7pm: Boneshaker Reading Series, featuring Brian Dedora and Elana Wolff. St. Clair/Silverthorn Library, 1748 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto.
  • Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30pm: Quattro Books launch for Tim Conley, Ken Klonsky, Chantel Lavoie and Leah Murray. Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto.
  • Wednesday, May 30 at 8pm: Pivot Reading Series with Sarah Goldstein, Josh Harmon and Jamie Popowich. The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto.
  • Friday, June 1-3: Bloody Words XII Conference. Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto.
  • Saturday, June 2 at 10am: Stuart Ross's Poetry Boot Camp. Fred Dowling Co-op, 95 Wychcrest Avenue, Toronto.
  • Sunday, June 3 at 10am: Stuart Ross's Plotless Fiction Workshop. Fred Dowling Co-op, 95 Wychcrest Avenue, Toronto.
  • Monday, June 4 at 7:30pm: Rowers' Pub Reading Series with Glen Downie, Matt Lennox and Ruth Roach Pierson. Harbord House, 150 Harbord Street, Toronto.
  • Tuesday, June 5 at 8pm: Michele Landsberg will be at the Toronto Jewish Book Festival speaking about her book, Writing the Revolution. Toronto Reference Library - Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.
  • Thursday, June 7 at 1:30pm: Interactive puppet performance presented by author and illustrator Chad Solomon. Albion Library, 1515 Albion Road, Toronto.

For details and more event listings, visit our comprehensive Events Page. Need help finding the event locations? Sign up for Open Book's free mobile app and let it guide you.

More engrossing interviews and smart features, Open Book's Summer Reading Guide and must-read blogging by Open Book's June 2012 writer in residence, Pasha Malla.

We'd love to hear from you! Please send your questions, comments and suggestions to

All the best,
Open Book

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