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October Highlights from Open Book

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Dear Readers,

October highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

Damian Rogers (Paper Radio, ECW Press) is Open Book's October writer in residence. Visit Damian's WIR page for reading and website recommendations and to read her blog and her Ten Questions with Open Book. Send your questions and comments for Damian to or post them directly onto her blog.

The launch for Paper Radio is on Tuesday, October 13th at the Gladstone Hotel as a This Is Not A Reading Series event. Click here for full event details.

Open Book and Authors at Harbourfront Centre are giving away an amazing prize pack consisting of a pair of tickets to the opening Writing Scotland event at this year's International Festival of Authors, an IFOA XXX book bag and a full-year membership to Authors at Harbourfront Centre. To enter the contest, send an email to with the name of one of the authors at the opening Writing Scotland event. The winner's name will be selected in a draw on October 19.

Good news: Nathaniel G. Moore's latest book, Wrong Bar, is being published by Tightrope Books this month. MORE good news: Open Book and Tightrope Books are offering you a chance to win a signed copy of Wrong Bar. Your name will be entered in a draw for one of ten copies if you answer the following question correctly: What is the name of the Morrissey song that was inspired by the Graham Greene novel Brighton Rock, a novel Nathaniel says influenced his new book? Send your correct answers to by October 20th.

John Moss, author of Grave Doubts (Dundurn Press), and Robert Paul Weston, author of Zorgamazoo (Penguin Canada), are blogging on Open Book. Look to their pages for their reading lists, web recommendations, interviews and blogs.

Go to Open Book's Around Town page to see the September Top Tens. The lists of Top Ten bestselling books by Canadian authors are from four of Toronto's outstanding bookstores, Baaka-Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Toronto Women's Bookstore.

In his bi-weekly Conflict of Interest column, Open Book blogger Nathaniel G. Moore discusses the latest CanLit anthologies in "Land of a thousand CanLit anthologies."

Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything, Coach House, 2007) answers rob mclennan's 12 or 20 questions.

Jason Hrivnak talks to Pedlar Press publisher, Beth Follett, about the process of writing his debut novel, The Plight House, how he would teach his novel (write "an 'inverted' love letter"), the need for "a perch" and more. Read the conversation here.

Michael Eden Reynolds (Slant Room, The Porcupine's Quill), Kenneth Sherman (What the Furies Bring: Writers Under Duress, The Porcupine's Quill), Carolyn Muir Helfenstein (Why Not? A memoir in black and white, Brucedale Press), Frieda Wishinsky (Stop that Stagecoach, Maple Tree Press), Harry Bruce (Page Fright: Foibles and Fetishes of Famous Writers, McClelland & Stewart) and Helaine Becker (The Insecto-Files, Maple Tree Press) answer Open Book's Ten Questions.

A few of the many fabulous Toronto and area literary events for the next two weeks:

  • Launch for Slant Room (The Porcupine's Quill) by Michael Eden Reynolds and book signing by Marta Chudolinska (Back and Forth, The Porcupine's Quill). Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Tuesday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Launch for The Plight House (Pedlar Press) by Jason Hrivnak at Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Launch for Because I Have Loved And Hidden It (Cormorant Books) by Elise Moser at Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Launch for Canada Counts (Cormorant Books) by Charles Pachter at OCAD, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Toronto Book Awards finalists Austin Clarke (More, Thomas Allen Publishers), Anthony De Sa (Barnacle Love, Anchor Canada), Maggie Helwig (Girls Fall Down, Coach House Books), Mark Osbaldeston (Unbuilt Toronto, Dundurn Press) and Charles Wilkins (In the Land of Long Fingernails, Viking Canada). At the Bloor Gladstone Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 1101 Bloor St. West, Toronto. Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Adventures with Camera and Pen (BookLand Press) by Anthony Dalton at Captain John's Harbour Boat Restaurant, 1 Queens Quay West at Yonge, Toronto. Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Reading by Zoe Whittall (Holding Still For As Long As Possible, House Of Anansi) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Could be (Brick Books) by Heather Cadsby at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Coach House Books Fall 2009 Launch featuring short readings by Cordelia Strube (Lemon),David Derry (Sentimental Exorcisms), Susan Holbrook (Joy Is So Exhausting), Kate Hall (The Certainty Dream) and Kate Eichhorn and Margaret Christakos (from Prismatic Publics). At Stones Place, 1255 Queen Street West, Toronto. Thursday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Nicholas Oldland (Big Bear Hug, Kids Can Press) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Saturday, October 17 3:00 p.m.

For details and more listings, please visit our events page.

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