Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

November Highlights from OBT

Share |

Dear Readers,

November highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

Dalton Higgins, music programmer, pop culture critic, broadcaster, journalist and author of Hip Hop World (Groundwood Books), is Open Book's November Writer in Residence. Visit his WIR page to read his recommendations, his Ten Questions with Open Book and his blog. He's been blogging about hip hop in Copenhagen and disability in hip hop, and during his tenure as WIR, he wants to "ask book lovers across the province some tough questions about race and writing, progressive living, and music culture." You can send your questions and comments for Dalton to or post them directly onto his blog.

We've been asking authors about their reading and writing and what advice they have for writers who are trying to get published. Check out Open Book's Ten Questions and On Writing series with Nancy Brown (Transcending the Legacy, Penumbra Press), Dianne Whelan (This Vanishing Land, Caitlin Press), Lise St. Germain (Catch You Later, General Store Publishing House), Timothy Quinn (Octopus Intelligence, Guernica Editions), Todd Denault (Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey, McClelland & Stewart), Cary Fagan (Valentine's Fall, Cormorant Books), Leslie Fairfield (Tyranny, Tundra Books) and R.M. Ritchie (The Day Burt Lancaster Died, General Store Publishing House).

Open Book blogger Nathaniel G. Moore recently interviewed Trilby Kent about her debut novel, Medina Hill (Tundra Books). The interview was the first stop on Trilby's blog tour through North America and the UK.

Evan Munday's comic, Quarter-Life Crisis, is "set in a post-apocalyptic Toronto where everyone except the 25-year-olds have mysteriously died." Nathaniel G. Moore talks to Evan about his comic in the article "Generation Y Rules?" Read it here.

The October Top Ten lists of bestselling books by Canadian authors are up on Open Book's Around Town page. See what your fellow readers are picking up at four of Toronto's finest bookstores, Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Toronto Women's Bookstore.

See Toronto through the eyes of Ottawa writer, poet and publisher, rob mclennan. His essay "Lake, oh pure contradiction," a follow-up to his September essay on Open Book, "Sleeping in Toronto," combines poetry with meditations on the city we all love.

Book season is still in full-swing. See below for some event highlights for the next two weeks, and then visit our events page for event details and many more listings.

  • Book signing with Guy Thatcher(Journey of Days, General Store Publishing House). At Canadian Company of Pilgrims AGM, St. Matthews United Church, 729 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto. Saturday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Reading by Jack Batten (The War to End All Wars, Tundra Books) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Cordelia Strube (Lemon, Coach House Books) and David Derry (Sentimental Exorcisms, Coach House Books). At McNally Robinson at Don Mills,
    1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Tuesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • ECW Press and The Fine Print's Fall Party, featuring readings by Sky Gilbert (A Nice Place to Visit), John McFetridge (Swap), Damian Rogers (Paper Radio), Richard Rosenbaum (Can'tLit: Fearless Fiction from Broken Pencil Magazine) and Mark Sinnett (The Carnivore). At Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Nan Forler (Bird Child, Tundra Books) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Saturday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Launch for The Edible City: Toronto's food from farm to fork (Coach House Books), a collection co-edited by Christina Palassio and Alana Wilcox. At the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Sunday, November 15 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Guernica Editions launch for Orvieto: Urbs vetus by William Anselmi, Conjuring Jesus by Brian Day, A Place in the World by Robert Flanagan (Essential Poets Series) and The Trestler House by Madeleine Ouellette-Michalska & translated by W. Donald Wilson, with reading by Clara Blackwood, Catherine Black, Jim Johnstone and Desi Di Nardo. At Bar Italia, 582 College Street, Toronto. On Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Randall Maggs (Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, Brick Books) at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Monday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Mahtab Narsimhan (The Third Eye, Dundurn Press) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. On Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Check out Clayton Hanmer's (aka CTON) latest Rodeo Circus webcomic and Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Comments? Send them to

All the best,
Open Book