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Dear Readers,

From world-renowned picture book authors to MuchMusic VJs, we're talking to writers of all stripes these days! Like all true book lovers, we love variety in our books and authors.

And speaking of book lovers, we're celebrating the Book Lovers Ball, the annual fundraiser for the beloved (and beleaguered) Toronto Public Library system, which takes place this year on February 6. Check out our interviews with guest authors from the gala, and don't miss highlights from our recent author interviews and comprehensive literary event listing!

And don't forget to mark your calendars for the Open Book Literary Salon on February 27, where we've got three great Toronto authors talking about craft and career: Stacey May Fowles, Brian Francis and Michael Winter.


A hugely successful phenomenon in children's publishing, The Gruffalo was first published fifteen years ago. Since then, author Julia Donaldson has gone on to become the Children's Laureate of the UK and gain widespread acclaim.

Open Book had the chance to speak to Julia Donaldson about The Gruffalo's legacy, her writing process and much more — Be sure to catch our conversation with her!


Author and illustrator Ashley Spires created Binky the Cat for her 2009 hit Binky the Space Cat. Since then he has become a household name in three subsequent volumes. Binky has fans around the world, but Binky publisher Kids Can Press got a surprise from one young fan, who had some stern words for Binky.

Check out a photo of young Jimmy's letter and see what he wanted to tell Binky.


The Book Lovers Ball is an annual fundraising gala for the Toronto Public Library, one of the busiest urban library systems in North America. The February 6, 2014 event will gather more than 50 talented Canadian authors in one room with library-loving philanthropists.

To celebrate, we're interviewing several of the gala's guest authors. Get in the Book Lover's spirit, check out our interviews with Tanis Rideout and Scott Carter. And stay tuned for more interviews with guest authors for this exciting event!


From book promotion to writing process, authors spilled to us on everything bookish these last two weeks & mdash; and you can click through to check them out!

Former MuchMusic VJ and songwriter Christopher Ward works on his rhymes and quotes Alanis Morrisette

Short fiction author Stan Rogal talks Kafka and bookshelf surprises

Former Journey Prize winner Melissa Hardy tackles the mystery genre in her new novel and tells us about her experience with a baby parrot

Publicist Adria Iwasutiak and author Brian Francis share insider tips and tricks for effective book promotion

Freelance writer and author Simone de Costa gives us the scoop on her debut children's book


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

  • Saturday, February 1 at 10:00a.m.:. 6th annual Totsapalooza featuring Gruffalo Author Julia Donaldson. Advance Tickets at Revival Bar, 783 College Street, Toronto.
  • Thursday, February 6 at 7:00p.m.: Beginning the Journey: Challenges and Charms of Historical Fiction, a workshop with authors Marina Endicott and Katherine Ashenburg. Toronto Reference Library Atrium, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.
  • Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30p.m.: BookThug 10th Anniversary Party! Lots of thuggish shenanigans are in store. PWYC. Suggested $5.00. The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton 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

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

All the Best,
Open Book

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