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Dear Readers,

It's May and that means one thing at Open Book — Whazamo! That's what we call our annual celebration of graphic literature and we're bringing you plenty of comic goodness throughout the month.

Read on to hear all about it, and of course, we've got highlights from interviews with brilliant Canadian writers and our comprehensive literary event listing to keep you in the know about all of the city's best happenings.

WHAZAMO! OPEN BOOK LOVES GRAPHIC LITERATURE

May is Graphic Literature Month (or as we call it at Open Book, Whazamo!) and we're all celebrating! From columnists to interviews to our fabulous new writer-in-residence, we are full of love for all things comic, illustration, graphic novel and more.

Columnist Susan Hughes get things started talking to illustrators Ashley Spires and Paul Keery, and you can stay tuned to Open Book for lots more graphic literature throughout the month!

OPEN BOOK SAYS GOODBYE TO TWO GREAT CANADIAN WRITERS

The Canadian literature community is mourning the passing of two great writers: Farley Mowat and Alistair MacLeod.

To remember these CanLit icons, you can see our in memoriam postings, which include a link to one of Alistair MacLeod's final readings, courtesy of IFOA:

Remembering Farley Mowat
Remembering Alistair McLeod

EVAN MUNDAY IS OUR MAY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE: COMICS, POUTINE, AND MUCH MORE!

Our May 2014 writer-in-residence is sure to be a familiar face to many readers. Novelist and graphic artist Evan Munday is our May WIR, and he's knocking it out of the park!

As part of Whazamo, he launched a branch new interview series called Guttersnipes, in celebration of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).

Check out all the Guttersnipes interviews!
Gillian and Mariko Tamaki
Meags Fitzgerald
Emily and Karen McGratten
Georgia Webber
Elisha Lim
Réal Godbout
Mimi Pond

Evan has also created an amazing new series called Words & Curds, where he interviews international writers who are visiting Canada over Canada's finest dish — poutine!

Check out the Words & Curds interviews with:
Matthew Zapruder and Jonas T Bengtsson.

OUR GREAT COLUMNISTS

Don't miss the latest from our columnists!

Dalton Higgins asks what diversity in book publishing mean to you while Shaun Smith brings you a round up of the best of the bookish internet

INTERVIEWS! TALKING WITH TORONTO'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST

Here's a taste of Open Book: Toronto's conversations of with great authors. Be sure to visit the site for more!

Novelist Paula Daly talks about the books that influenced her and her new book Keep Your Friends Close

Suspense writer Suzanne F Kingsmill takes us into her workspace — including writing in the bath!

John McFetridge talks books and cops in the WAR (Writers as Readers) series

Funnyman Richard Scrimger shares the secret of the perfect barbecue sauce

Trevor Ferguson takes us into the tiny Quebec town that serves as backdrop for his newest novel

EVENTS

Here's a selection of great events happening over the next month:

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 — 8:00pm: ECW Spring Literary Party! Join a season of great authors for a fabulous party. The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 — 7:00pm: Another Story Bookshop presents Mother’s Day Panel Discussion. Hosted by Sadia Zaman. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — 1:30pm: Writers' Trust author series with Claire Cameron! Click here for ticket information (suggested donation of $25). The Women's Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — 7:30pm: IFOA Weekly with Nadia Bozak, Krista Foss and David Adams Richards. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto.

Go to Open Book's comprehensive Events Page for details and a full list of literary events. If you have an event you'd like listed on our site, please send the details to events@openbooktoronto.com.

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

All the Best,
Open Book

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