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Dear Readers,

It's cold outside, which means it's time to get cozy with a good stack of books or your trusty e-reader. Look to Open Book for reading recommendations, feature articles, writer-in-residence posts and a contest that will help you stock up on your reading. Your November updates from Open Book: Toronto.

This fall, Open Book: Toronto celebrated five years online. As a token of our appreciation to you, our readers, we're giving away five $50 gift certificates to bookstores of your choice. To enter, please take a few minutes to give us your valuable feedback in our online survey. The contest closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012.

Visit the Open Book Magazine to see which Canadian books were the top sellers last month at five of Ontario's finest bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Northern Women's Bookstore and Type Books. On the Magazine page, you'll also find exclusive articles about the people and places that shape our literary landscape.

  • "Conducting Experiments: Poets and Poetry at Bookfest Windsor."
    Melanie Janisse attends Windsor's Bookfest and catches up with award-winning poet Phil Hall over coffee "at a dark little place called Milk."
  • Profile: Between the Lines."
    Open Book marks the 35th anniversary of the independent publisher Between the Lines with a feature profile by Amanda Miller. Between the Lines, Miller writes, is known for "embracing critical perspectives and presenting challenging ideas and analyses that are timely, evocative and not readily found in mainstream offerings.” Happy Anniversary, Between the Lines!
  • "The Last of its Kind."
    Ashliegh Gehl writes about Thunder Bay's Northern Women's Bookstore, a shop that was inspired by The Toronto Women's Bookstore (TWB). The TWB is closing for good on November 30th, leaving the Thunder Bay store the last women's bookstore in Canada. Margaret Phillips, a cofounder of the Northern Woman’s Bookstore, told Gehl, “It’s just very, very sad. It makes me feel rather lonely to know that I’m the last.”
  • "Bill C-!! (or Two Court Cases and a Change of Law)."
    Are you curious know about how Bill C-11 is going to affect Canada's writers and publishers? Claire Grady-Smith outlines the fascinating facts behind the Copyright Modernization Act.
  • "Top Five Publishing Trends in the World According to Garp (and Dalt)." Vanity publishing, matchmaking and good espresso, more booze at launches, ebooks and niche genre publishing. Dalton Higgins offers his assessment of what's hot in the world of books.
  • "A Fond Farewell to Dead (G)end(er) Magazine."
    Phil Miletic attended the farewell party for Niagara-based Dead (G)end(er) Magazine and spoke with the magazine's founder, Lindsay Cahill. Miletic writes, "There was no talk about the end of the world. There was only the ecstatic aura of literary satisfaction that hung over this unfortunate end to a great local magazine."

On November 15, the Writers' Trust of Canada celebrated their 27th annual fundraising gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville. Dozens of Canadian writers were in attendance at the event, which raised over $180,000 for the programs and initiatives of the Writers' Trust. Check out the photos from the evening and then read our Writers at Night interview series to hear from some of the authors who attended.

Our latest interviews are with some terrifically talented authors: Niall Leonard, Ravi Jain, Edward O. Phillips, Don Harron, William Illsey Atkinson, Safia Fazlul, Jon Klassen and Helen Burstyn.

Visit our comprehensive Events Page for a full listing of Toronto's many literary events. Need help finding the event locations? Sign up for Open Book's free mobile app and let it guide you.

Coming up on OBT in December: Our annual Holiday Reading Guide; the Best of Open Book; fresh interviews and features; and Sachiko Murikami is our Writer in Residence.

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

All the Best,
Open Book

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