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Open Book Wants to Know What Reading Freedom Means to You! + Lots More Literary Fun

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Dear Readers,

We are approaching one of the highlights of the literary calendar: Freedom to Read Week! FTRW is not only a great time chockablock with fantastic events, but also an essential reminder of how important our intellectual rights and freedoms really are.

And one final reminder: You don't want to miss 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.


Freedom to Read Week is an annual celebration of political and social freedom to read whatever we choose, without the threat of banning, censorship or other interference.

This year we want to hear from you! Check out our photo call for Freedom to Read Week and let us know what reading freedom means to you. Simply write your thoughts on a piece of paper or a sign that starts with "Freedom to Read Is..." and use a word or a few words to complete the sentence. Snap a photo of yourself with your sign and you might see yourself on Open Book: Toronto during FTRW! We hope you'll join us in celebrating this important occasion.


Dane Swan, the author of Bending the Continuum (Guernica Editions), has already made an impression as Open Book's February 2014 writer-in-residence. Don't miss his four part series on writers' block:

Writers' Block Does Not Exist (part 1)
Writers' Block Does Not Exist (part 2)
Writers' Block Does Not Exist (part 3)
Writers' Block Does Not Exist (part 4)

You can also get a peek into Dane's writing process in his own On Writing interview

Check out Dane's WIR page for additional posts (including thoughts on slam poetry, author profiles and more), and remember that you can send your questions and comments to Dane at


Want to join our fantastic literary crew? Then look no further than the Open Book Editorial Assistant position. We're looking for a brilliant book lover to help out part-time in our virtual office. If you think that might be you, check out our job posting for more information. Our thanks to all those who submit applications!


We wrapped up our Book Lovers Ball interview series with two more fantastic authors: Steven Galloway, whose Cellist of Sarajevo was recently named the Toronto Public Library's One Book for 2014 and Heather A. Clark whose Elephant in the Sky tackles issues of family ties and mental illness

We also chatted with Lee Lamothe, who took us on a tour of the Chinatown and Baldwin Village neighbourhoods and Jennifer Robson, who showed us the space in which she created her Downton Abbey-esque debut novel

We also hosted a conversation between two of indie CanLit's best: R.M. Vaughan and Nathaniel G. Moore — a must-read for fans of the Toronto literary scene!


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

  • Wednesday, February 19 at 1:30p.m.: Priscila Uppal appears as part of the Writers' Trust Author Series of 2014 to speak on her memoir about her runaway mother, Projection. Minimum suggested donation of $25 — click here for ticket information. The Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto.
  • Sunday, February 23 at 4:00p.m.:. Guernica Editions is proud to celebrate Black History Month! Don't miss acclaimed authors: Austin Clarke, Camille A. Isaacs and Orville Lloyd Douglas and Toronto's poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto.
  • Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00p.m.: Don't miss DEAR CENSOR: A short play, presented in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Ballroom, 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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