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New "Words With" Films, Zoe Whittall, Mini Lit, and More Great Events

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto has posted more films by award-winning filmmaker Matt Austin on our Words With page. Words With is a series of twenty short interviews with key people in Canada's arts and culture scene discussing what Canadian literature means to them. The films feature Leah McLaren, Jian Ghomeshi, Caitlin Cronenberg, Sean Cullen, Emily Schultz, Linda Spalding and several other well-known Canadians. Matt's films have won various awards and his feature film, Most Likely To, is presently in the festival circuit. He is currently directing a documentary, Don't You Forget About Me, about the movies of John Hughes. Matt was chosen by the National Post as one of their "Top 30 to Watch" for 2007.

Once you've watched the wonderful Words With clips, you may want to know what one more Canadian writer thinks about CanLit. Why not ask Zoe Whittall, Open Book's Writer-in-Residence, what CanLit means to her? Zoe is not only keeping an up-to-date blog, she's available to answer your questions about reading and writing. You can contact Zoe through Open Book's WIR page.

On Tuesday evening, and Open Book hosted Under the Covers: Bedtime Stories for Adults. Sean Dixon, Jessica Westhead, and Zoe Whittall read from their novels to an enthusiastic crowd. Click here to see photographs of the evening.

Open Book will be co-hosting another event this weekend with Bunch, Mabel's Fables, and The Drake Hotel. We hope you and all the kids you know can join us for Mini Lit: An Indoor Family Picnic on Saturday, October 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Drake, Open Book's amazing Official Hospitality Partner. Come on down to the Drake to sip a welcome drink (children and adults alike) and nibble kid-friendly hors d'oeuvres while enjoying readings and performances by Sean Dixon, Loris Lesynski, and Shane Peacock.

Many wonderful literary events are happening in and around Toronto this week. Some event highlights are:

  • Launch of Murder on the Rebound by Jeffrey Miller at Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.
  • Launch of Old Friend, We Made This for You by Toronto poet Yannick Marshall and Nigerian poet Yemi Aganga at the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, 341 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Democracy and Revolution by D.L. Raby at Toronto Women's Bookstore,73 Harbord Street, Toronto. Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Authors of Stones, Bones, and Stitches, Shelley Falconer and Shawna White will be presenting at a tour of the new Inuit Art exhibit at the McMichael Gallery, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg. Saturday, October 13, 11:00 a.m.
  • Mini Lit: An Indoor Family Picnic, featuring Sean Dixon, Loris Lesynski, and Shane Peacock at The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. West, Toronto. Saturday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.
  • Launch of Gay Monologues and Scenes: An Anthology edited by Sky Gilbert at the Art Bar in the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Jacob Scheier (More To Keep Us Warm) at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.

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