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Open Book Gets the Inside Scoop on CBC Canada Writes & Gears Up to "Get Lit"

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Dear Readers,

Here at Open Book, we are short story lovers, so CBC's Canada Writes competition is one of our favourites. This year we not only chat with grand prize winner Jane Eaton Hamilton but also with jurors Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter, who give us a fascinating peek into the jury process and their own writing practices.

Plus we're proud to help get the word out about one of Toronto's best literary events, Get Lit, which is now in its sixth year. All proceeds from the event go to support the Running and Reading Club, which helps children reap the benefits of literacy and fitness.

And as usual, we've got great author interviews, a fantastic writer-in-residence and our bursting-at-the-seams literary event listing for all your bookish needs!

OPEN BOOK LOVES THE SHORT STORY: CELEBRATING CBC CANADA WRITES

This year, Jane Eaton Hamilton was named the Grand Prize English language winner of CBC's short story competition, Canada Writes.

We chatted with Jane about her winning story, "Smiley". Jane is a two-time winner of the prestigious prize and knows a thing or two about short fiction.

Don't miss our interview with Jane Eaton Hamilton here!

And have you ever wondered what juries are looking for in a short story competition? Well, we've got the inside scoop after talking with the Canada Writes jury!

Be sure to check out our discussion with jurors Kathleen Winter and Colin McAdam!


GET LIT! THE LITERARY EVENT WITH A HEART OF GOLD

Romina Tina Fontana was inspired by iconic poet Al Purdy's larger-than-life readings to create a literary event that would get writers and readers excited. And when she met Olympian Silvia Ruegger, founder of The Running & Reading Club (a children's charity that promotes literacy and physical activity for young people), she knew she had the right cause to link to the event.

Now in its sixth year, Get Lit is a fabulous literary gathering of great minds and great discussions for a great cause.

This year's featured readers are: Damian Abraham, Robyn Doolittle, Perdita Felicien, Jeremy Laing, CBC's Amanda Lang and Frank Viva.

Check out our posting about this exciting event for more information.


THE LITERARY IS POLITICAL: OPEN BOOK & THE SHAUGHNESSY COHEN PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

Powerhouse national literary charity The Writers' Trust of Canada is set to award their prestigious political writing award, The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize next week. And we've got interviews with the brilliant line up of short-listed authors as the event approaches! If you're a non-fiction lover, you won't want to miss these, or the hotly anticipated April 2 announcement.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize interview series with Margaret MacMillan
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize interview series with Charles Montgomery
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize interview series with Graeme Smith
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize interview series with Donald J. Savoie

And stay tuned next week for our final short-listed author interview and the prize announcement!

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE BRIAN PANHUYZEN HEATS UP OPEN BOOK!

Brian Panhuyzen is our March writer-in-residence and he's been dispensing excellent advice, from public readings to researching for writing

Most recently though, as his WIR position approaches completion, he's heating up the site with a frank and direct posting on how so many writers struggle with writing about sex and what they can do to improve. He even invited writers to submit their own (sexy) version of the ending to a scene he included in the posting (limit of 700 words per submission) for critique. If you need some warming up during these cold, grey days, be sure to check out Brian's postings!

And you can share your PG-rated thoughts with Brian too — send your questions and comments for Brian anytime during the month of March to writer@openbooktoronto.com

INTERVIEWS! THE BOOK THAT SCARED STEPHEN KING, NATURE'S DARK SIDE & SPRING'S HOTTEST POETRY!

The mysterious Nick Cutter (who might not be who we think he is), takes us into the space where his book The Troop was created. Stephen King said of The Troop: "[It] scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down".

Author Dan Riskin loves the great outdoors, but his book, Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You pulls back the curtain on nature's grossest and scariest aspects. He tackles the Dirty Dozen series to share twelve unexpected facts about himself.

Acclaimed poet Jen Currin takes on our Poets in Profile series to talk about how student papers can inspire poetry, a childhood full of books and much more.

EVENTS

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

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — 7:30pm:. Poetry NOW: 6th Annual Battle of the Bards!. Cheer on your favourite of the 20 competing poets at this fantastic annual event. Visit the IFOA website for tickets and more information. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto.
  • Sunday, April 6, 2014 — 11:00am: The Great Escape: Screening & Presentation with Ted Barris: Join Dundurn Press and The Great Escape Bookstore for a screening of the 1963 classic film, The Great Escape, and a presentation by author Ted Barris. The screening is $5, or free with the purchase of Barris's book. The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. East, Toronto.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 — 6:45pm: Rowers Reading Series Featuring Ronna Bloom, Tony Burgess, Trevor Cole and Aaron Giovannone. For more information, visit http://www.rowerspubreadingseries.com. Charlie's Gallery, 112 Harbord Street, 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 grace@openbooktoronto.com

All the Best,
Open Book

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