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Fresh & Local: Your connection to Toronto's vibrant literary scene

Dear Readers,

It's summertime, and that means it's time to park yourself on a patio, beach or under a tree with a great read. Need some suggestions? Open Book: Toronto has fresh interviews, articles and blogs, which will inspire you to seek out some of Canada's best contemporary books.

Our Summer Magazine is online, and this season, it's all about poetry, festivals and, of course, fabulous books.

We shine our Spotlight Series on The Poets. Each of the striking portraits by photographer Anna Ross features Ontario poets who had a new book out this spring — pick up these collections and get to know your local poetry.

Before you take in the final Scream Literary Festival this July, you'll want to read Stephen Cain's history of the legendary Toronto festival, "The Tale of Puck and Prospero."

In "Our History is Your Kitsch," Nathaniel G Moore discusses the inspiration for his innovative and engaging book installation, and he takes readers on a tour of the many fine shops in Toronto that are participating in the project. (Be sure to enter the contest included in the article — a most excellent prize is involved.)

Looking to build a creative company or festival? In our latest 48-Hour Interview, "Smart Producers," Christopher Butcher, founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and Alex Jansen, producer and founder of Pop Sandbox, discuss festivals, comics, distribution and the challenges of staying true to a vision while enjoying success.

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. You'll also want to read the amazing Great Canadian Writers' Craft interviews, our new feature where Ontario high school students question our country's writers, as well as our ever-popular Proust Questionnaire series.

Have you ever given a presentation with a piece of spinach stuck to your teeth? Or called your partner's mother by the wrong name — repeatedly? You're not alone in the land of social awkwardness. Read Jessica Westhead's simply awesome blog entries, Social Awkwardness Dread Part One and Part Two, to enjoy painfully awkward moments in the lives of some of your favourite writers.

Writers, before you get up on stage to read from your latest book, have a gander at Jessica's hilarious, yet savvy, "Bucket O' Literary Oration Advice." You'll be glad you did. You can read Jessica's full blog here. Send your questions and comments for Jessica to

We're delighted that Fraser Sutherland (The Philosophy of As If, BookLand Press) is going to be Open Book's July Writer in Residence. Stop by Open Book on the holiday weekend and check out his blog and his WIR page.

Summertime is meant for stepping out. Plan your literary adventures by perusing our comprehensive Events page. Have book event details you'd like us to post? Please send your listings to Rebecca Lohse at

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All the best,
Open Book

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