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Dear Readers,

October updates from Open Book: Toronto:

Damian Rogers, author of Paper Radio (ECW Press) and our October Writer in Residence, has been drawing readers to Open Book with her intelligent, interesting and illuminating blog. She's been writing about "book commercials," being a "'nostalgia fetishist'," "fishing" (for books), her book launch, "Flailing closer to God," and many other topics. Send your questions and comments for Damian to or post them onto her blog.

In his latest Conflict of Interest column, Nathaniel G. Moore talks to Michael Turner about his latest book, 8 x 10.

Emily Schultz, author of Heaven is Small (Anansi), answers rob mclennan's 12 or 20 Questions.

Elise Moser (Because I Have Loved and Hidden It, Cormorant Books), David Carpenter (Welcome to Canada, The Porcupine's Quill), Theo Caldwell (Finn the half-Great, Tundra Books), John Barton (Hymn, Brick Books), JonArno Lawson (A Voweller's Bestiary, The Porcupine's Quill), Trilby Kent (Medina Hill, Tundra Books) and Margriet Ruurs (My School in the Rain Forest, Boyds Mills Press) answer Open Book's Ten Questions.

The Wrong Bar contest ends tomorrow! To enter your name for a chance to win a copy of Nathaniel G. Moore's new novel, send an email to with your answer to the following musical-knowledge testing question: 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? The contest ends on October 20th, so get your answers in today.

John Irving will be in the CBC studios in Toronto this afternoon (October 19th) as a guest on "The Hour." This is your chance to see the acclaimed author live and in person. Be part of the studio audience at 2:00 p.m. You can find the details here.

Harbourfront's International Festival of Authors (IFOA) kicks off this week on October 21st and runs until October 31st. Find out what's on at the IFOA this year on Open Book's events page, where you'll also find many more events listings for Toronto's busy fall book season.

Some Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

Reading by Martha Baillie (The Incident Report, Pedlar Press) at Taylor Memorial Library, 1440 Kingston Road, Toronto. Part of the Toronto Public Library's Eh List Reading Series. On Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Launch for Tyranny (Tundra Books) by Lesley Fairfield. At McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. On Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Desi Di Nardo (The Plural of Some Things, Guernica Editions), Larry Frolick (Bastard Eden / Our Chernobyl, photolucida, 2008) and Mary-Lou Zeitoun (13, The Porcupines Quill) for the HEAR/HEAR Reading Series. At Free Times Café, 320 College Street, Toronto. On Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Nathaniel G. Moore (Pastels Are Pretty Much The Polar Opposite of Chalk, DC Books and Wrong Bar, Tightrope Books), Johanna Skibsrud (The Sentimentalists, Gaspereau Press) and Lindsay Tipping at the Pivot Reading Series. At The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen (McClelland & Stewart) by David Sax. At Caplansky's Deli, 356 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Launch for A Cold Season in Shanghai (Napoleon & Company/ RendezVous Press) by S. P. Hozy. At McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. On Friday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Book signing with Guy Thatcher (A Journey of Days, General Store Publishing House) at Indigo Richmond Hill, 8705 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill. On Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Jewish Book Fair is at the Lipa Green Centre for Jewish Community Services, 4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto. The festival runs from Saturday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. to November 21.
  • The Guernica Editions Fall Launch features Erika Rummel (Playing Naomi), F.G. Paci (Peace Tower), Timothy Quinn (Octopus Intelligence), Mary Melfi (Italy Revisited) and Wade Bell (No Place Fit for a Child). At Bar Italia, 582 College Street, Toronto. On Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Wanton by Angela Hibbs (Insomniac Press) and Pastels Are Pretty Much The Polar Opposite of Chalk by Nathaniel G. Moore (Punchy Writers) at Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen Street West, Toronto. Sunday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Maleea Acker (The Reflecting Pool, Pedlar Press) at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. On Tuesday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m.

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