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Dear Readers,

The holidays are fast approaching, and coming this December on Open Book: Toronto you'll be able to pick up reading and gift suggestions from our exclusive interviews and features, our annual Holiday Book Guide and the Best of Open Book 2011. John Brady, author of the acclaimed Matt Minogue mystery novels, will be blogging on his Writer-in-Residence page throughout the month.

The CanLit scene is looking fine. Peruse our latest galleries for photos of the winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards; authors at the Writers' Trust Gala; Robert J Sawyer and his audience at his LRC/TVO Big Ideas: Humanity 2.0 talk; and actors and playwrights taking to the stage at the Playwrights Canada Press fall launch.

In the lead-up to the Writers' Trust Gala, Open Book Contributing Editor Grace O'Connell asked some of the authors who were attending about their expectations for the gala, their books, writers they admire and their outfits for the evening. Read the interviews with Brian Francis, Alison Pick, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Martha Schabas, Camilla Gibb and Russell Smith.

For each book that sits on our shelves or rests in our hands, a writer has spent countless hours researching, organizing, writing and rewriting. In Open Book's At The Desk series, writers tell us about their creative processes and the workspaces that inspire them. In the first instalment of At The Desk, Julie Czerneda writes about her office and how it changed in appearance as she made the transition from writing science fiction to writing fantasy.

"So perhaps somewhere down the road, the publishing sect can get on the dance-trend bandwagon. We could have an anthology of the best dance writing in fiction and poetry in Canada; best dance scene in a short story; best dance poem; seminars and workshops on how to improve your lacklustre dance scene in your novel...." Nathaniel G Moore writes about the challenge of writing about dancing in his latest Conflict of Interest column, "So You Think You Can Dance Write?"

Michael Doyle chats with Sarah Selecky about her use of social media and, in particular, how she approaches using Twitter in order to inspire other writers to write something everyday in "Sarah Selecky's Storytelling State of Mind."

The latest Quillcast is online, featuring Quill & Quire editor Sue Carter Flinn in conversation with journalist and former primatologist Andrew Westoll about his experience writing his award-winning book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary. Listen to the podcast.

Bad sex in fiction, vampire novels, brutal rejection letters sent to famous authors and more. Shaun Smith rounds up Internet curiosities from the book world in his latest Sunday Sundries.

"I am...a writer, semi-recluse and ex-cultural bureaucrat (the latter two often go together)."Paul Seesequasis responds to George Murray's always enlightening Questionless Books Interview.

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