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Open Book Celebrates the Holidays, Chats with Canada Reads Authors and Panelists and More!

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Dear Readers,

The holidays are upon us, and there's no better time of year to curl up with a good book — or to give a whole world as a gift by giving a book!

At Open Book: Toronto we're feeling very merry indeed, gearing up for exciting events like CBC Canada Reads with Jian Ghomeshi, welcoming a wonderful new writer-in-residence and of course, compiling interviews with Canada's best and brightest writers.

Read on for gift book recommendations, great interviews, Canada Reads news and highlights from our comprehensive literary event listing!


Canadians truly are a nation of readers and there is no event that illustrates that fact better than CBC Canada Reads. With a theme of "a book to change Canada" for the 2014 debates, book lovers waited with baited breath for the November 27th announcement of the final five books and their celebrity defenders.

We had the pleasure of chatting with the authors and panelists at the announcement event, discussing everything from why the books deserve to be read all over the country to what the panelists' debate strategies will be. Check out the interview here to hear from the panelists and authors in their own words.


Who doesn't love to find a book or two under the tree? Get holiday-ready with recommendations from great Ontario publishers of their best gift-worthy titles of the year.

Our Holiday Reading Guide is sure to get you in a merry state of mind even if you're feeling grinchy. Don't miss it!


Elizabeth MacLeod is helping us ring in the holidays at Open Book with her gifts of awesome posts on writing, reading and more. The author of Bones Never Lie (Annick Press), Elizabeth will guest blog on the site for the month of December.

Elizabeth is off to a strong start with posts on why procrastination might be a good thing, finding your community as a writer and more!

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

You can also win a copy of Bones Never Lie! Click here for more details on how to enter.


From tough words about reviewing culture to secret crushes on television characters, our writers will have you laughing, arguing and exclaiming over their Open Book: Toronto interviews.

Check out our latest conversations with Toronto's brilliant scribes:

Controversial critic and poet Jason Guriel doesn't hold back talking about reviewing culture in Canada

Novelist Brian Panhuyzen talks about moving from writing comedy to writing a dark road tale

Historical novelist Roberta Rich tackles the Proust Questionnaire

Indie icon Liz Worth gives us twelve unexpected facts for the Dirty Dozen, including her crush on Fox Mulder

Poet Jim Nason tells us about why he always runs with a pencil

We get a sneak peek at Patricia Westerhof's writing space and process


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

  • Monday, December 9 at 7:00p.m.:. Astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses his debut book at the Appel Salon! Free tickets are required for this event and will be available starting Monday November 11.Toronto Reference Library Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.
  • Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00p.m.: The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir celebrates the holiday season with songs for Chanukah. Alexander Veprinsky conducts, with Lina Zemelman at the piano, with songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and English. Toronto Public Library — Barbara Frum Branch, Room B, Third Floor, 20 Covington Road, Toronto.
  • Friday, December 20 at 7:30p.m.: Shelia Horne and SongTown presents Readers & Songwriters Seasonal Celebration at the Black Swan Tavern. Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 7:30 pm. $5 or PWYC. The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, 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

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

All the Best,
Open Book

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