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Dear Readers,

Awards, galas, launches and more — this is the season where book lovers have plenty of avenues to express their enthusiasm for the written word!

And at Open Book: Toronto we've had plenty to be enthusiastic about lately. We've interviewed one of Canada's most iconic comic artists, partnered with the Governor General's Literary Awards to celebrate their talented winners and much more!

Read on for fantastic interviews, fabulous photo galleries, kid-friendly writing advice from our writer-in-residence, and highlights from our comprehensive literary event listing!

OPEN BOOK CELEBRATES THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARDS

As we continue to enjoy the season of literary awards, we come to the granddaddy of them all, the Governor General's Literary Awards. Rewarding both French and English language authors in an astounding seven categories, the GGs are amongst the most influential literary prizes in the country.

Open Book is proud to partner with the GGs to celebrate the 2013 winners on both Open Book: Toronto and Open Book: Ontario.

On our Toronto site, you can catch interviews with Children's text winner Teresa Toten, who chats with us about mountaintop claustrophobia, her view on writing outlines and her secret belief is a certain jolly gift-bearer. We're also pleased to speak with Children's illustration winner Matt James, whose gorgeous paintings bring Stan Rogers "Northwest Passage" to life in a book of the same name. Check out our discussion with Matt, who tells us about the legacy of a family knife, a troublesome time with vegetables and a love of trout streams.


ORGANIZATION OF BOOK PUBLISHERS OF ONTARIO WRAPS UP READ ONTARIO CELEBRATION

After a fantastic fall-long celebration of Ontario's literary riches, we're pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the OBPO's Read Ontario campaign. With enthusiastic support from booksellers, authors and book lovers alike, this program was a great reminder of how lucky we are to live amongst the talented authors of this province.

And congratulations to Robin Harlick, who won 42 fabulous Ontario-authored books in our Read Ontario contest!

NEED A DOSE OF LITERARY GLAMOUR? WE'VE GOT PHOTOS OF FALL'S HOTTEST EVENTS!

From prizes to fundraisers to readings and more, visiting Open Book: Toronto's photo galleries is the next best thing to being there in person.

Check out our photos from the season's hottest literary events, including:
The Writers' Trust Gala
Pajama Press Annual Fall Book Launch and Art Show
The Writers' Trust Awards
The Toronto Public Library's Hush Hush Party

Stay tuned to Open Book: Toronto for more fabulous book party photos!

NOVEMBER WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE KIM FIRMSTON ON GETTING KIDS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH WRITING AND MORE!

Kim Firmston, the author of Touch (Lorimer Publishing) is our November 2013 Writer-in-Residence.

Kim has contributed some fantastic posts on a variety of subjects, but moms, dad, aunties and uncles alike will want to take particular note of her terrific writing games to play with kids!

Other highlights from Kim's great posts include her interview with emerging writer Jay Lewis and her interview with Lisa Murphy on WordsWorth writing camp for kids.

Check out Kim's WIR page to hear about her writing process and much more, and send your questions and comments for Kim to writer@openbooktoronto.com or post them directly to her blog.

You can also win a copy of Touch! Click here for more details on how to enter.

SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR CHESTER BROWN + MORE GREAT INTERVIEWS!

Chester Brown was already a comic industry icon when he achieved mainstream success with his graphic novel Louis Riel in 2003. In honour of the book's tenth anniversary, the Art Gallery of Ontario has staged an exhibition of original work from Louis Riel in their Canadian collection. Brown was also invited to give the prestigious annual McCready lecture at the gallery, which received an enthusiastic response.

Open Book: Toronto spoke to Chester Brown about the exhibition, the lecture, his acclaimed career and much more. You can see the interview and photos from the gallery here.

And don't miss more terrific interviews!

Novelist Jennifer LoveGrove digs into the WAR Series (Writers as Readers), recommending a tough love handbook for authors and poetry that will make you laugh out loud

Heavy metal guru Sean Kelly tackles the Proust Questionnaire

WordPlay festival director Jim Munroe chats about "writerly videogames" and a new breed of gamers that are demanding narrative depth and character development worthy of great novels

Debut poet Niki Koulouris talks about getting words from the waves and rescuing a lost book from Boston


EVENTS

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

  • Sunday, November 24, 2013 — 4:00pm:
    Guernica Editions launches their 2013 Winter List with Irene Marques, David Reibetanz, Cyril Dabydeen, Henry Beissel, Patrick Balzamo, Maria Laura Mosco and Patricia Hanley, Anthony Di Renzo and Lee Skallerup-Bissette. With a performance by the ERIC WEST TRIO. Refreshments will be served. Supermarket, 268 August Avenue, Toronto.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013 — 7:30pm:
    Book launch for CBC personality, writer, goalie and musician Grant Lawrence’s second book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie (Douglas & McIntyre). The evening will include an interview and Q&A with Grant Lawrence and Kevin Sylvester, some hilarious stories, a slide show and short film, a musical performance by Matthew Barber and a hockey shootout with Grant Lawrence in goal! $5 admission. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto.
  • Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 7:00pm:
    Sarah Liss, author of Army of Lovers, discusses the legendary Toronto artist, DJ, activist and impresario, Will Munro and his importance to Toronto's artistic and queer culture. Toronto Public Library — Yorkville Branch
    22 Yorkville Avenue, 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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