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September at Open Book: WIR Joey Comeau, Contests, Fresh Articles & Interviews

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Dear Readers,

Happy fall book season! Here are the latest updates from Open Book: Toronto.

Our September Writer-in-Residence is Joey Comeau, author of One Bloody Thing After Another (ECW Press). His blog posts have quickly shot to the top of our "Most Popular Articles" list. Read his blog and you'll understand why. Check out Joey's posts, "Cheer Up! It's Friday," "5 Classic Books That I Don't Know Anything About" and "The Goldberg Variations."

Visit Joey's Writer-in-Residence page to read his blog, his recommendations and his interview with Open Book. Send your questions and comments for Joey to or post them directly to his blog.

We're giving away lots of goodies on Open Book this month.

Enter our September book giveaway to win a copy of Joey Comeau's latest book, One Bloody Thing After Another. Click here to enter your name in the draw.

Owlkids and Open Book are giving away 50 copies of the Sir Seth Thistlethwaite and the Soothsayer's Shoes by Richard Thake. Watch the book trailer and enter the contest.

In celebration of the exciting new Digital Drive Stage at this year's The Word On The Street, Open Book and The Word On The Street are giving away a Sony Reader. Click here to find out how you can enter the draw.

Check throughout the month of September for even more great prizes from The Word On The Street and Open Book.

"Authors have to be savvy self-marketers (which now includes a slew of growing social media skills); terrific readers and presenters for various events and festivals (if you were an actor in your youth, or happen to look like a model, that's even better); and, while you're at it, please make friends with a few publicists (or just learn to think like them). And, of course... you now have to become a brilliant self-editor and/or be prepared to pay someone to edit your manuscript prior to submission," writes Literary Agent Samantha Heywood in her latest "Agent's Corner" column.

In his article "Canada's Next Top Poet," Nathaniel G. Moore writes, "With an estimated 9,152 new poetry releases in Ontario and Quebec alone this season, I've managed to track down some promo copy for a dozen or so titles that just might tickle your poetry funny bone. Or your poetry serious bone." Read Nathaniel's poetry roundup here.

Enter the Centre for Sleep and Dream Studies with Melanie Janisse in her second article about this year's Scream Literary Festival: "I find myself drawn into the back room - a bunker of sorts. I walk in to rawlings and Atteridge Adams preparing for the night with a sound exercise. They invite me into the circle. There is breath and sound as we all utter into the air.... I am digging the Scream with all of its secret rituals and special invites. I am beginning to get used to all of this shamanism. I have come to expect a secret room everywhere I go." Cozy up with it here.

Nathaniel G. Moore talks to Alisha Piercy about books, art and boy scouts in "Bohemian Like You."

Need some suggestions for your fall reading? Have a look at the August 2010 Top Ten lists on our Around Town page to see which books by Canadian authors were the top sellers last month at Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Type Books (the Forest Hill store).

Our latest interviews are with Vikki Van Sickle, R.B. Fleming, Merle Nudelman, Margaret Buffie, Keven Sylvester and Adebe D.A.

Check out Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries and check back each and every Sunday for his brilliant "weekly roundup of Internet curiosities from the book world."

For a list of literary events in the GTA, please visit Open Book's Events Page.

We'd love to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to

All the best,
Open Book

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