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WIR Victoria Sedova, Talking TIFF & Adaptation, The Word on the Street, Great Interviews & More!

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Dear Readers,

Warm enough to read outside, cool enough to get excited for fall books — September has it all! Not to mention a full slate of great Toronto literary events. Here at Open Book: Toronto September brings a great new writer-in-residence, lots of fantastic interviews, an exciting partnership with The Word on the Street and a reading guide for the young readers in your life.


Author and translator Victoria Sedova (The Bay of Lost Love, BookLand Press) is Open Book's September 2013 Writer-in-Residence! Visit Victoria's WIR page to read her blog and check out her Five Things Literary interview with Open Book for a tour of Victoria's favourite literary spots in Toronto.

You can send your questions and comments for Victoria to or post them directly to her blog.

September Book Giveaway: Enter our draw for your chance to win a copy of The Bay of Lost of Love. Click here for details.


Our WIR giveaway is not the only contest we're running! Open Book: Toronto is thrilled to once again partner with The Word on the Street. Don't miss our fantastic contests — which will include book giveaways, Ontario Science Centre passes and even a Sony Reader — all courtesy of the national celebration of literacy and the written word.

You can enter our first two contests already, and stay tuned for more! Enter to win a prize pack of books from The Word on the Street Bestseller stage AND enter to win a prize pack of books from The Word on the Street Vibrant Voices tent.

We're also running our annual interview series featuring authors from The Word on the Street's acclaimed Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent, kicking off this week with a great chat with poet Adam Dickinson. Stay tuned to Open Book: Toronto for more interviews with fantastic guest authors from The Word on the Street.


Fresh new pencils and notebooks begging for doodles... it's that time of year! To get you feeling autumnal, we've compiled a list of fantastic fall titles for young readers.


We got a chance to speak to filmmaker Claire Blanchet and CBC Canada Reads winning writer Heather O'Neill about the experience of adapting Heather's short story "The End of the Pinky" to a short film premiering at TIFF (presented by the National Film Board). From colour palettes to narration, don't miss the discussion about transforming one art form into another.


Our latest crop of interviews includes anticipated fall fiction, the return of a beloved sleuth, innovative poetry and more. Don't miss writing tips, reading recommendations and anecdotes from Catherine Bush, who tells us about camel races and accusations; debut author Julie Joosten, who dishes on her favourite books; Jack Batten, whose lawyer/detective protagonist Crang is back in action after twenty years; and Jon Paul Fiorentino, whose new collection Needs Improvement gets poetic with sixth grade curriculum.


The August 2013 Top Ten lists are in! See which Canadian books were the most beloved summer reads at five of Ontario's finest bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Northern Women's Bookstore and Type Books (the Queen Street store).


Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Sunday, September 15 at 1:00p.m.: Literary icon Margaret Atwood reads from and signs copies of Maddaddam. Manulife Centre Indigo, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30p.m.: Catherine Bush and Douglas Glover launch new titles as part of This is Not a Reading Series. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto.
  • Sunday, September 22 at 11:00a.m.: Dozens of talented authors read, publishers sell books and magazines and food merchants keep everyone happy and fed at this community celebrating of reading all day in Queen's Park Circle, Toronto.
  • Wednesday, September 25 at 1:30p.m.: Acclaimed author Charlotte Gray talks about The Massey Murders for the latest edition of the Writers' Trust of Canada Author Series, The Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto.
  • Thursday, September 26 at 6:30p.m.: The Poets' Dinner Party! Join poets Sara Peters, Hoa Nguyen and host Dani Couture for an evening of prosecco and great conversation. First of a series organised by Diaspora Dialogues. Grano Restaurant, 2035 Yonge St., Toronto.
  • And if you're heading out of town, make it your business to stop in Kingston, Ontario for one of the best and fastest-growing festivals in the country, Kingston WritersFest!

    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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