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Open Book: Toronto is Online!

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Dear Readers:

Summer may be over, but the Fall book season is just beginning. is online, bringing you news about Toronto's vibrant literary scene. We'll tell you about upcoming events, entice you with contests, and entertain you with videos and photos. Most important, we'll let you know about some of the great books that are coming out this fall. We even have our very own monthly Writer-In-Residence who will be keeping a regular blog and is available to answer your questions.

T.O. Events

So many literary events are happening in and around Toronto this month, which ends with Word On the Street in Queen's Park on September 30. Some event highlights of the next two weeks are:

  • September 15: Launch for photojournalist Lana Slezic's book Forsaken and talk at Toronto Image Works Gallery. 80 Spadina Ave., #207, Toronto. 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • September 16: Launch for Jane Irwin's new book Old Canadian Cemeteries at Different Drummer Books. 531 Locust St., Burlington. 1:00 p.m.
  • September 19: Launch for two new books by George A. Walker, Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Novels and Images from the Neocerebellum. David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham St., Toronto. 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • September 19: Launch for Guernica Editions' new publications. Bar Italia, 582 College St., Toronto. 7:00 p.m.
  • September 19: Non Fiction 2 at The Drake Hotel Underground. Speakers are Ian Brown, "Ouimet," Paul Terefenko, Michael Adler, Jason Anderson and Kathryn Borel. 1150 Queen St. W, Toronto. 9:00 p.m.
  • September 20: Poet Christian Bök, author of the award-winning Eunoia, will be speaking at York University's Canadian Writers in Person class and reading series. York University, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, Accolade West Buillding, Room 206, Toronto. 7:00 pm
  • September 20: Launch for On Pain of Death, by Jan Rehner at Alliance Francaise. 24 Spadina Rd, Toronto. 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • September 22: Reception in honour of George A. Walker, author of Images from the Neocerebellum, hosted by Porcupine's Quill. Renaissance, 60 Main St., Erin Village. 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • September 23: Reading by Nick Thran, author of Every Inadequate Name, at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 1214 Queen St. W., Toronto. 3:00 p.m.
  • September 25: Launch for Pulpy and Midge by Jessica Westhead at the Gladstone Hotel. 1214 Queen St. W., Toronto. 7:00 p.m.
  • September 28: Reading by Sharon English, author of Zero Gravity, at Armchairs, Authors at the Headwaters Arts Festival. SGI Canada Centre, 20490 Porterfield Rd., Alton. 7:00 p.m.
  • September 25: Readings by Elizabeth Philips from her book of poetry, Torch River, and by Mark Abley from When Earth Leaps Up by Anne Szumigalski. Clinton's, 693 Bloor St. W., Toronto. 8:00 p.m.
  • September 30: Word On The Street. Authors include Gil Adamson, Helaine Becker, Deborah Ellis, Cary Fagan, Marie-Louise Gay, Sky Gilbert, Curtis Parkinson, Jan Thornhill, Jessica Westhead, Frieda Wishinsky and Rachel Zolf. Queen's Park, Toronto. 11:00-6:00 p.m.

Matt Austin's Words With

Toronto filmmaker Matt Austin has made twenty short films of well-known Canadians talking about Canadian literature for Open Book. Throughout September, we'll post the films on our "Words With" page and feature them on our home page.

Writer-In-Residence: Todd Babiak

This month's Writer-In-Residence is Todd Babiak, the author of the novels The Book of Stanley, The Garneau Block, and Chokehold. On the Writer-In-Residence page, you can read Todd's blog, find out about his first publication, peruse his reading recommendations, and ask him questions.

Openbook: Toronto Magazine, and More

Every two weeks, we'll send you a newsletter to keep you updated on what's on the site and what's going on around Toronto. We'll send you one more newsletter in September. During October, when the fall festivals and readings are well under way, and Open Book is hosting its own events around the city and we're launching our online magazine, we'll pick up the pace and send you newsletter updates once a week.

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Open Book

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