Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Nitin Deckha, Magazine, Interviews, Events!

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto is pleased to announce that Nitin Deckha is our October Writer in Residence. Nitin is the author of Shopping for Sabzi (TSAR Publications, 2008) and a contributor to Once Upon a Time in Bollywood (TSAR Publications, 2007) and several other publications. Visit Nitin's WIR page to read his blog and his interview with Open Book and to check out his recommended readings and websites.

The fall issue of the Open Book magazine is up! It features the 48-Hour Interview with Alex Boyd and Chris Reed, two literary men-about-town; an excerpt from the much-anticipated poetry collection, Cypress (Brick Books), by Barbara Klar; an article about the making of the film Pontypool by Tony Burgess, author of the screenplay and the novel Pontypool Changes Everything; and an essay about Toronto's literary secrets by journalist Sarah B. Hood.

As you may have noticed, we've got brand new features on Sign up for a free Open Book account and you can recommend books, post comments and be automatically entered in draws for fantastic prizes. The website now features a search function and an archive to help you find previously posted videos, photos and articles. Our Author Blogs page allows you to browse through past WIRs' blogs and to see if they've left new entries. Around Town is a brand new page for Open Book; its focus is the literary scene in Toronto. Check it out for Toronto Talks videos, event coverage on The Scene and Toronto Profiles. Our latest Toronto Profile is a Q&A with Carey Toane, the host of the new Pivot reading series.

Photographer and writer Sharon Harris has been taking photos for Open Book. She covered the first TINARS for Tots at the Gladstone Hotel and snapped some wonderful photos of kids and authors dancing and making crafts. You can look at the TINARS for Tots photos here. Sharon was also at The Word On The Street for Open Book. You can look at her photos at The Scene on Open Book's Around Town page.

We've got new Ten Questions on Open Book: Adam Sol discusses his latest book, Jeremiah, Ohio (House of Anansi Press); Rob Laidlaw, the founder of Zoocheck Canada, talks about his organization and his book for children, Wild Animals in Captivity (Fitzhenry & Whiteside); and John Lorinc answers questions about urban life and his new book Cities (Groundwood Books).

In an exclusive interview, Nathaniel G. Moore asks Derek McCormack about his latest book, The Show That Smells (ECW Press), mirror mazes, David Altmejd and the worlds of publishing and fashion. Read the interview to prep for the Thursday night launch of The Show That Smells at Trash Palace in Toronto. Derek's novel features fiendish fashion, fearless vampire killers and a devilish Hollywood twist. What more could a reader want?

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Pedlar Nuit featuring Roo Borson (Personal History), Stan Dragland (The Drowned Lands), Brian Henderson (Nerve Language), Maureen Scott Harris (Drowning Lessons), Nathaniel G. Moore (Let's Pretend We've Never Met), Joanne Page (Watermarks), Stan Rogal (As Good As Dead) and Sara Tilley (Skin Room). At the Victory Café, 581 Markham Street, Toronto. Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Readings by Karen Connelly (The Lizard Cage, Vintage Canada), Dennis Lee (Yesno, Anansi) and Susan Perly (Love Street, The Porcupine's Quill) at the Rowers Pub Reading Series at Harbord House, 150 Harbord Street, Toronto. October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Readings by Samantha Warwick (Sage Island, Brindle & Glass), Jessica Westhead (Pulpy & Midge, Coach House Books) and Claudia Dey (Stunt, Coach House Books) at Over Joy Lounge, 884 Queen Street East, Toronto. October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Launch for The Show that Smells (ECW Press) by Derek McCormack at Trash Palace, 89-B Niagara Street, Toronto. Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Readings by John McFetridge (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Dirty Sweet, ECW Press) and Declan Burke (The Big O, Harcourt) at Sleuth of Baker Street, 1600 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. Sunday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Randall Maggs (Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, Brick Books), Catherine Graham (The Red Element, Insomniac Press), Adam Getty (Repose, Nightwood Editions), Judith Miller and Andrew Hood (Pardon Our Monsters, Esplanade Books) at the LitLive Reading Series at the Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William Street, Hamilton. Sunday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Comedy troupe Monkey Toast, The Improvised Talk Show grill Richard Crouse (The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen, ECW Press) at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. On Monday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Launch of Dora Borealis (ECW Press) by Daccia Bloomfield at The Ossington, 61 Ossington Avenue, Toronto. Wednesday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Coach House Books' Fall Launch for Mike Hoolboom's The Steve Machine, Michael Blouin's Chase & Haven, Margaret Christakos's What Stirs, Jeramy Dodds's Crabwise to the Hounds, Kyle Buckley's The Laundromat Essay and Darren O'Donnell's [boxhead] . At Stones Place, 1255 Queen Street West, Toronto. October 9th at 8 p.m.

  • Launch of the Pivot Reading Series Head featuring Alex Boyd (Making Bones Walk, Luna Publications), Leigh Nash, Rebecca Rosenblum (Once, Biblioasis) and Paul Vermeersch (Between the Walls, McClelland & Stewart). At the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Visit the Open Book events page for event details and for more listings.

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All the best,
Open Book