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Dear Readers,

November is a time to wrap ourselves in cozy sweaters and settle in for evenings with mugs of something warm and big stack of books — that is when we're not out on the town enjoying one of the many exciting literary events going on this month. Need some reading and event suggestions? Open Book: Toronto can help.

Mark your calendars - the next Toronto Literary Salon is on November 29th. Presented by The Spoke Club and Open Book, the Salon offers a fantastic opportunity to spend an evening with a group of Ontario writers and fellow Salon-goers. Keep your eye on our newsfeed and this listing for the details, which will be announced shortly.

Check out the Top Ten lists on our Magazine page to see which books by Canadian authors were the top sellers last month at Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Type Books (the Forest Hill store).

In "Wither (sic) the CanLit," Becky Toyne delves into the debate about CanCon in the books on literary award shortlists. Also in Open Book's online Magazine, rob mclennan offers an engaging profile of Ottawa-based poet, Sandra Ridley.

Shari Lapeña talks to Open Book about her new novel, Happiness Economics, the people who influence her writing and the relationship between her book and the Occupy movement. Read it here.

Ken Chong discusses his new book, Beauty Plus Pity, recurring themes in his writing and the differences in writing a novel and a memoir. Read it here.

Catherine Black (Hard Gold Blood) answers the Proust Questionnaire and tells us her chief characteristic, her ideal place to live and other revealing facts. Read it here.

Author of Encyclopedia Gothica, Liisa Ladouceur, answers a special Halloween edition of The Proust Questionnaire. She tells Open Book about her favourite authors, her favourite colour and other spooky facts. Read it here.

Jenny Sampirisi talks with Open Book about her new collection of poetry, Croak. She discusses how her various fields of work affect one another and people who have influenced her writing life. Read it here.

Alan Lord, cornerstone of the Montreal punk community and author of the short story collection ATM Sex, discusses his influences, fruit stickers and offending just about everyone. Read it here.

Mary Bucci Bush (Sweet Hope) talks with Open Book about family history, her very first publication and the books she'll always come back to. Read it here.

Librarian and author Arlene Chan (The Chinese in Toronto from 1878) speaks with Open Book about Toronto's seven Chinatowns, a librarian's research process and key figures in the history of Toronto's Chinese community. Read it here.

There are so many literary events to attend in the next few weeks: readings at The White House in Kensington for "The Savage Art Show," an evening of author readings with Playwrights Canada Press, the Pivot Readings at The Press Club and many more fantastic events. You can find the listings for those many more events on Open Book's Events Page. Do you have a listing you'd like us to post? Send it to

Now that you've perused our comprehensive Events Page, we'd like to know what made you select specific events to add to your calendar. The author's performance? The choice of material? The length of the reading? A reader who is easy on the eyes? You can tell us your answer in our New Poll.

Questions? Suggestions? Please send them to

All the best,
Open Book

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