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September at Open Book

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Dear Readers,

Some September highlights from Open Book: Toronto:

Open Book is delighted to announce that Jacob McArthur Mooney is our September Writer in Residence. Jacob is the author of the poetry collection The New Layman's Almanac (McClelland & Stewart, 2008). Visit Jacob's WIR page to check out his book and website recommendations, to read his Ten Questions with Open Book and to read his blog. So far, Jacob has been blogging about "What the Kids are Learning" at U of T and York, his "First Morning Alone without Pages Books" and The Word On The Street literary festival, where you'll find him reading this year (September 27th - don't miss it!). You can send your questions and comments for Jacob to or post them directly onto his blog.

On September 1st, Dalton Higgins launched Hip Hop World (Groundwood Books) at the Lula Lounge in Toronto. The event featured performances from the author and Scratch (from The Roots), Wio-K, DJ Dopey, Telmary and DJ Loqenz. Photographer David Waldman was there to cover the event for Open Book. View the image gallery here.

Last month, Evan Munday wanted to know which Canadian book should "get the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies treatment." This month he asks Open Book readers, "What Canadian book would you like to see made into a film?" We'd love to hear what you have to say. Choose from the list of titles or send in your own title.

Check out the lists of Top Ten bestselling books by Canadian authors on Open Book's Around Town page. The lists are from four of Toronto's finest bookstores, Bakka-Pheonix, Ben McNally, The Book Mark and Toronto Women's Bookstore.

In his biweekly Conflict of Interest column, Nathaniel G. Moore talks to poet Souvankham Thammavongsa and filmmaker Paramita Nath about Nath's film adaptation of Thammavongsa's 2007 collection of poems, Found (Pedlar Press). The short film will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. Read the article and watch a preview of the film here.

We recently featured Ottawa writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan's 12 or 20 Questions interview with Jacqueline Larson (Salt Physic, Pedlar Press).

Open Book's latest Ten Question interviews are with Joan Levy Earle (Train Ride to Destiny, General Store Publishing House), Monica Kulling and Bill Slavin (It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph, Tundra Books), Anthony Dalton (Adventures with Camera and Pen, BookLand Press), Carolyn Smart (Hooked, Brick Books), Claire Holden Rothman (The Heart Specialist, Cormorant Books), Barbara Azore and Georgia Graham (Wanda's Freckles, Tundra Books), Thomas Trofimuk (Waiting for Columbus, McClelland & Stewart) and Joy Lynn Goddard (The Northview Tales Series, Chestnut Books).

Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries is "a roundup of roundups, gathering fall book lists from media sources across the web." Check it out here.

Read the latest installment of Rodeo Magic, the webcomic created for Open Book by the talented Clayton Hanmer. You can find more Rodeo Magic on Clayton's Author Blogs page.

Toronto and area event highlights for the past two weeks:

  • Pages Books: A Celebration of Thirty Years. To mark the closing of Pages, many artists and authors will deliver short tributes to Pages and its proprietor, Marc Glassman. Hosted by Jack Blum and featuring the comedy troupe, Monkey Toast. Celebrate Pages with Mathew Blackett, Eldon Garnet, Greg Gatenby, Laurence Hill, Mike Hoolbom, Mark Kingwell, Barbara Klunder, Andy Paterson, Seth, Alana Wilcox and others. At the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Pivot Reading Series featuring Brian Francis (Fruit, ECW Press), Yannick Marshall (Old Friend, We Made This for You, Kellom Books) and Matthew Tierney (The Hayflick Limit, Coach House Books). At The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Launch of Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl (ECW Press) by Crissy Calhoun. At The Queen and Beaver Public House, 2nd Floor, 35 Elm Street, Toronto. Monday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Marta Chudolinska presents her graphic work, Back & Forth: A Novel in 90 Linocuts (Porcupine's Quill) at McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Jan Conn (Botero's Beautiful Horses, Brick Books), Molly Peacock (The Second Blush, McClelland & Stewart) and Ricardo Sternberg (Bamboo Church, McGill-Queen's University Press) at the Art Bar Poetry Series. At Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Book signing and presentation by Dr. Bonnie Henry (Soap And Water & Common Sense, House Of Anansi). McNally Robinson at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Reading by Nitin Deckha (Shopping for Sabzi, TSAR Publications) at Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Building 4, 55 Mill Street, Toronto. Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m.

  • The Eden Mills Writers' Festival features readings, workshops, seminars and other special events. In Eden Mills on Sunday, September 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

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All the best,
Open Book