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Shane Peacock, Our Next Literary Salon, the Fall Magazine and More

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Dear Readers,

Autumn updates from Open Book: Toronto.

Our October writer in residence is Shane Peacock, author of the popular Boy Sherlock Holmes Series. Read Shane's blog to find out what it takes to read for the younger set, what makes Montreal "a truly cosmopolitan city," which actor is the best Sherlock Holmes and more. On his WIR page, you'll also find an interview with Shane and lists of websites and Canadian books that he recommends.

Do you have a question or comment for Shane? Please send it to or leave it in the "Comments" section of his blog.

Enter Open Book's October Book Giveaway to win all four books in Shane Peacock's The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. To enter your name in the draw, please send an email to with your answer to the following question: Where would Shane like to live? (Hint: Read Shane's Proust Questionnaire to find out)

The Spoke Club and Open Book invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 9, at The Spoke Club for the autumn Toronto Literary Salon. Jump into conversation with four much-buzzed-about Toronto writers: Kathryn Borel (Corked), Christopher Shulgan (Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood) and Michah Toub (Growing Up Jung). The evening will be hosted by Nathan Whitlock (A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days).

This is a free event. Doors open in the Front Lounge at 6:30 p.m. for drinks and mingling. Salon conversation starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Go to our Events Page for full details.

Bonus option: We also invite you to continue the conversation at the aprés-Salon dinner with the authors. Limited seating and reservations are necessary. This is a $35 prix fixe (plus drinks, taxes and gratuity) and you can reserve a seat and/or ask for full details at The Spoke Club's Concierge, via or 416.368.8448.

Our Fall Magazine is up and with it is an exciting and brand-new feature: Spotlight, an ever-growing portrait gallery featuring the people in Toronto's literary scene. In this issue, Spotlight turns its eye to "The Editors," going behind-the-scenes to profile a highly talented group whose keen choices and wise guidance help shape the new books that land on shelves every season. All Spotlight portraits are created and photographed by one of our favourite Toronto photographers, Anna Ross.

In this issue's 48-Hour Interview, "The 21st Century Librarian," Caitlin Fralick, a Librarian at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, and Jessica Rovito, a Librarian with the Toronto Public Library, talk about patrons, ebooks, "rebellious heroines" and the future of their profession.

In "What We Talk About When We Talk About Books," Erin Balser writes about the pleasure of "brash and boozy" and "articulate and insightful" book club meetings.

Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds discuss the process of co-authoring a book as a husband-and-wife team in "Two for the Road." Earlier this fall, Wayne and Merilyn celebrated the launch of their new book, Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America at the Kingston WritersFest.

"Given we are now in the thick of the heady Fall publishing season, it seems a great time to address one of the most important skills in today's book industry: publicizing you and your book(s)." In her latest "Agent's Corner" column, literary agent Samantha Haywood discusses the benefits of working with a freelance publicist.

"A memo to itchy footed, writerly types: 1. An eye for Norwegian sardines could land you back-of-book space. 2. Pitches needn't precede plane tickets." Hilary Fair picked up those tips and more when she attended Kate Pocock and Michael O'Brien's travel-writing workshop. Read Hilary's article "The Words that Matter Most."

"For many people of my generation, school has become a sort of sanctuary — a place to return to when the professional workforce greets you with icy indifference." Stacey Madden discusses the September pull of school and tells us about some of the fabulous workshops taking place in Toronto this fall in his article, "Writers' Workshops in Toronto: A Cure for the Classroom Junkie."

Find out about the latest "Internet Curiosities from the Book World" in "Shaun Smith's Sunday Sundries."

Did you know that the majority of Open Book readers think the best thing about the fall book season is spending the evening curling up with a book? See what else got the votes in our last Open Book Readers' Poll.

Make sure to vote in our October poll: Which of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated books are you reading first?

Check out the September Top Tens on Open Book's Features Page to see what Canadian books readers are picking up at four of Toronto's finest bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, The Book Mark and Type Books.

Our latest interviews are with Jessica Holmes, William Battersby, Dirk McLean, Keith Oatley, Priscila Uppal, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Gregory Levey, Micah Toub and Carole Lazar.

In the latest Conversation from Pedlar Press, Jacob Wren talks to publisher Beth Follett about his political influences, the upcoming "relay-interview" and his latest book, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed.

Darryl Salach interviews Ewan Whyte in the latest Toronto Poets 5 Questions Series from The Toronto Quarterly.

Fall book season is in full swing, and there are heaps of events to choose from. Visit our Events Page to find out what's happening in Toronto and the GTA.

Check out our sister site,, to catch up on province-wide book news and events and to help us map literary Ontario.

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

All the best,
Open Book

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