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Dear Readers,

Your May 2013 updates from Open Book:


Ann Ireland (The Blue Guitar, Dundurn), Open Book's May 2013 Writer in Residence, has been blogging about a variety of topics, including insomnia, creativity, poetry and whether writing can be taught. Visit Ann's WIR page to read her blog and her answers to the Proust Questionnaire and to check out her reading and website recommendations.

May Book Giveaway: Enter our May draw for your chance to win a copy of The Blue Guitar by Ann Ireland! Click here for details.


WHAZAMO! Ontario Graphic Novel Month is an online comics celebration brought to you by Open Book: Toronto every May. Throughout the month, we've featured original comics, interviews, news items and features about comic books and graphic novels. Visit our Whazamo! page and read about contributor Phil Miletic's experience at this year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival, interviews with Annie Koyama of Koyama Press and Christopher Butcher and Andrew Townsend of TCAF; interviews with artists Michael DeForge, Patrick Kyle, Mark Thurman and Aaron Costain; and illustrations by Nick Johnson, Daniel Lafrance and George Walker.


In "A History of Gathering," Ashliegh Gehl looks at artists and their communities — from arts and letters clubs, to salons, to online groups.

In her lastest column, Miranda Hill addresses the question many artists find themselves asking: "To job, or not to job?"

How necessary is it for an author to have a book trailer? Susan Hughes asks publishing experts for their opinions on trailers in her lastest Kids Lit Can column, "Book Trailers: What're They All About, Alfie?"

rob mclennan speaks with Margaret Christakos about her Influency Salon series. Read the profile here.

Becky Toyne attended Random House of Canada's Open House Festival, joining over 1000 people to discuss the importance of democracy. Read "Get Up! Stand Up! On Loyalty, Community and Our Democratic Voice."


Our latest interviews are with an amazing group of authors: Kim Minkus (Tuft, BookThug), Stephen Collis (The Red Album, BookThug), David Dowker and Christine Stewart (Virtualis: Topologies of the Unreal, BookThug), Shannon Maguire (fur(l) parachute, BookThug), Andrew Kaufman (All My Friends are Superheroes, Coach House Books), Chris Eaton (Chris Eaton, A Biography: A Novel, BookThug) and Tamara Faith Berger (Little Cat, Coach House Books).


Toronto literary event highlights for the next week:

  • Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.: Ann Shin (The Family China, Brick Books) in conversation with Marc Glassman at This Is Not A Reading Series. Soho House, Bishop’s Building, 192 Adelaide St. W. Toronto. Details here.
  • Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.: Readings by Nancy Jo Cullen (Canary, Biblioasis), Koom Kankesan (The Panic Button, Quattro Books), Elizabeth Ruth (Matadora, Cormorant Books), Paul Salvatori and Ania Szado (Studio Saint-Ex, Penguin Canada). Q Space, 382 College St., Toronto. Details here.
  • Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.: A talk with Edward Keenan (Some Great Idea, Coach House Books) as part of the Toronto Public Library's eh List Author Series. Barbara Frum Branch, Toronto Public Library, 20 Covington Rd., Toronto. Details here.
  • Friday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m.: Lauch for Giles Benaway's debut book of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead (Kegedonce Press). Glad Day Bookshop, 598A Yonge St., Toronto. Details here.
  • Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m.: FictionKNITsta 2013 tour, featuring Dora Dueck (What You Get at Home, Turnstone Press), Stella Harvey (Nicolai's Daughters, Signature Editions) and Ailsa Kay (Under Budapest, Goose Lane Editions). Hosted by Cordelia Strube (Milosz, Coach House Books). Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St., Toronto. Details here.
  • Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 p.m.: Readings by Benjamin Hackman, Ronna Bloom and Jacob Scheier. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto. Details here.
  • Sunday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m.: "Beefsteaks and Heartbreaks: A Writing Workshop for Jerks" with Pasha Malla (People Park, House of Anansi). Story Planet, 1165 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Details here.

Be sure to check Open Book's comprehensive Events Page for a full list of literary events. If you have an event you'd like listed on our site, please send the details to

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Open Book

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