Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Rick Blechta, February Contest, News, & Events

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Dear Readers,

Open Book: Toronto is pleased to announce that Rick Blechta is our February Writer in Residence. Rick is the author of the novels Knock On Wood, The Lark Ascending, Shooting Straight in the Dark, Cemetery of the Nameless, and When Hell Freezes Over. A Case of You, his latest novel, will be published in the spring of 2008 with Rendezvous Press. Visit Rick's page to read his interview with Open Book, to check out his recommended websites and booklist, and to read his blog. You can send questions and comments for Rick to writer@openbooktoronto.com.

Our February contest offers readers a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to The Beguiling, Toronto's incredible graphic novel specialty store (601 Markham Street, www.beguiling.com). To enter the contest, simply answer the following question: If you had to spend Valentine's Day with a character from Canadian fiction, which one would you choose? Send us your answer by email to info@openbooktoronto.com with the subject line "Beguiled" or post it on Open Book's Facebook discussion board, and your name will be entered in the draw. After the contest closes, Open Book will post a list of all the suggested characters.

When you're browsing through our site, don't forget to check our news page for Open Book's interviews with Canadian authors, event photos (which you can also view on Open Book's Flickr page), and Canadian publishing news. Our news page also includes information about publishers' contests and calls for submissions. Dundurn Press is currently offering fans of The Third Eye a chance to win a free book, and Chestnut Publishing is running a Video Contest for elementary school students. BookShorts is calling on artists and filmmakers to submit their work for the Moving Stories Film Festival in June 2008, and you can read about it here.

Open Book would love to hear from you. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for us, please send them to clelia@openbooktoronto.com.

Event highlights for the next two weeks are:

  • Shelley Falconer and Shawna White (Stones, Bones & Stitches) will be at Keep Toronto Reading for Kids at the Nathan Phillips Square Program Tent, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto. Saturday, February 2 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Ken Setterington (The Snow Queen) and illustrators Nelly and Ernst Hofer (The Snow Queen) will be at Keep Toronto Reading for Kids at the Nathan Phillips Square Program Tent, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto. Saturday, February 2 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Carol Harrison Reesor (The Paris Magdalene) at WonderWorks, 79A Harbord Street, Toronto. Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Reading by H. Nigel Thomas (Return to Arcadia) at A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Readings by David McGimpsey (Sitcom), Lolette Kuby (Out of Cleveland), and Jay MillAr (the small blue) at the IV Lounge, 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Karen Patkau (Creatures Yesterday and Today) for Keep Toronto Reading. At the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto. Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Reading and presentation by Barbara Wyn Klunder (Other Goose) at the Burlington Public Library (Central Branch), 2331 New Street, Burlington. Monday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Drew Hayden Taylor (The Night Wanderer) at the ALOUD Festival at the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Tuesday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Barry Callaghan (Between Trains) and Ray Robertson (What Happened Later) will be discussing their work at Keep Toronto Reading's Lit Lunch at the Deer Park Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 40 St. Clair Avenue East. Wednesday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Dave Bidini (Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs) and Paul Quarrington (The Ravine) will be discussing their work at Keep Toronto Reading's Lit Lunch at the Pape/Danforth Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 701 Pape Avenue. Wednesday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Reading by Matt Duggan (The Royal Woods) at the ALOUD Festival at the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Thursday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Reading by Richard Scrimger (Into the Ravine) at the ALOUD Festival at the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Thursday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m.

For more listings, visit our events page.

Enjoy!
Open Book