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Dear Readers,

Happy Fall Book Season! Here are your September updates from Open Book: Toronto:

Books on the Radio, Open Book and Type Books have joined forces to present a night of short fiction by writers from Toronto and Vancouver. Join Dennis E. Bolen (Anticipated Results), Andrew J. Borkowski (Copernicus Avenue) and Carolyn Black (The Odious Child) on September 22nd (tonight!) to hear amazing readings and to celebrate YOSS (The Year of the Short Story). Open Book spoke to the three writers about what they'll be reading at the event, their books and the perfect short story. See Open Book's Events Page for details about the reading.

If you could have a chat with the you that you were a decade ago, what advice would you offer? Open Book's September writer in residence, Farzana Doctor, wrote a letter to her former self, which she posted on her Open Book blog. Farzana's advice — such as, "Take a chance and ask new writer friends to refer you to their publisher or agent. If they say no, try not to de-friend them on Facebook" — resonated with Open Book readers, who within hours made it one of the most popular posts on Open Book. Visit Farzana's blog for more sage advice and great posts.

Farzana is available to answer your questions. Post them directly to her blog or send them to

The most recent writers to take part in George Murray's must-read Questionless Books Interview series are Camilla Gibb and Michelle Berry.

Rare Edward Gorey illustrations, a book design contest, a controversial book on evolution and more. Check out Shaun Smith's latest round up of literary oddities in his regular and always-brilliant Sunday Sundries.

FYI, Dalton Higgins's latest column is TDF. Read about the kids these days, their take on books and their "slanguage" in "Can Youth, Can Lit. DEGT."

"Fall's mega publishing season has arrived in all its adjectival splendour. Roll up, roll up, book fans. This whole damn game's a circus." Becky Toyne knows a thing or 50 about books and book marketing, and in her latest column, "The Circus is in Town," she writes about the art of creating book buzz.

Head to Queen's Park on Sunday, September 25th to enjoy the biggest book and magazine fair in Canada. The Word On The Street feautres books, magazines, Canadian writers, children's books and activities, small press displays and more. We're excited about so many of the festivities, including the Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent. Vibrant Voices is a brand-new element at WOTS, which is supported by the OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation), and which features some of the best fiction, poetry and non-fiction being produced by writers and publishers in our fine province. Get to know some of the talented writers reading at the Vibrant Voices Tent with Open Book's The Word On The Street Interview Series.

Would you like to win stacks of brilliant books? Event tickets? A Sony Reader? You've come to the right place. On Open Book, you can enter to win:

Find out about some of your favourite writers' reading and writing habits and their next projects with our Ten Questions, On Writing and Five Things Literary interview series.

Visit Open Book's comprehensive Events Page when planning your literary outings this busy book season. If you have an event you'd like us to post, please send it to Rebecca Lohse at

Questions? Suggestions? Please send them to

All the best,
Open Book

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