Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Shaun Smith, Toronto Profiles and More

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Dear Readers,

Shaun Smith is Open Book: Toronto's February Writer in Residence. We're thrilled to have him on board. A man of many talents, Shaun has published over 200 articles in a range of magazines, he's a food writer for Toronto Life magazine and on and he's reviewed numerous cooking and food titles for Quill & Quire. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group. You can check out photos of the Snakes & Ladders launch on Open Book's Around Town page. Visit Shaun's WIR page to peruse his reading and website recommendations and to read his blog and Ten Questions with Open Book. Send your questions and comments for Shaun to or sign up for a free Open Book account and post them directly onto his page.

There's a couple of great reasons to post on Shaun's page: not only would he love to hear from you and answer your questions, but every time you comment on his blog your name will be entered in a draw for a Sony Reader. Each new posting counts as a new entry -- in other words, if you post five comments, you'll have five chances to win the prize. The winner's name will be selected on February 28th.

Open Book's latest Toronto Profile is of, "Gossip Girl of the Book World" Julie Wilson's fabulous literary blog. During her daily TTC commute, Julie spots readers and blogs about them, imagining "who the reader might be, could have been, or once was." Also new to the Around Town page is a Toronto Profile of Jack MacLeod, journalist, novelist and professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His latest novel, Uproar, is published by The Porcupine's Quill.

Is there someone or something that you'd like to profile in our Around Town section? Toronto Profiles highlight the people, places and things that make up our fine literary scene. If you'd like to submit a profile, send us an email to Have an article in mind for our online seasonal magazine? Click here for submission guidelines.

Dave Hugelschaffer, author of One Careless Moment (Cormorant Books), has written about his experience becoming a published author. In his Open Book article, "Lessons Learned from a Forest Ranger Turned Writer," he describes writing (and rewriting) in cold, isolated communities and the lengthy and often frustrating process of finding a publisher. Dave also answered Open Book's Ten Questions. You can read his Q&A here. Other recent Ten Questions interviewees include Mary Borsky (Benny Bensky and the Parrot-Napper, Tundra Books) and Bryan Prince (A Shadow on the Household, McClelland & Stewart). The latest Annick Podcast is with Kate Scowen, author of My Kind of Sad.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Rachel Harry in conversation with Bryan Prince (A Shadow on the Household, McClelland & Stewart) at This Is Not A Reading Series. At the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Cover: $5 (book rebate). Tuesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. (doors 7:00 p.m.).

  • Barbara Klar (Cypress, Brick Books), Richard Sanger and Neal McLeod read at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Ice Scream Social. Crafts, readings and music. Featuring authors Jacqueline Larson, Derek McCormack, Elyse Friedman, RM Vaughan, Eva Moran, angela rawlings and Zoe Whittall. Hosted by Nathaniel G. Moore. At the Habesha Club 875 Bloor Street West (Upstairs), Toronto. PWYC. Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Karen Hines (The Pochsy Plays, Coach House Books) in conversation with Nick Mount at University of Toronto's Literature for Our Time series. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto. Friday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m.

  • Sky Gilbert (Wit in Love, Quattro Books), Zoe Whittall (Bottle Rocket Hearts, Cormorant Books) and Nairne Holtz (The Skin Beneath, Insomniac Press) will be reading at Proust and Company literary salon. Hosted by Jeffrey Round. At the Glad Day Bookshop, 598A Yonge Street, Toronto. Saturday, February 7 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

  • Book reading and talk with Bryan Prince (A Shadow on the Household, McClelland & Stewart). At the Royal Ontario Museum, in the Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Level B1, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto. Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Robert Colman (The Delicate Line, Exile Editions), Ryan Kamstra (Into the Drowned World, Insomniac Press) and Jenny Sampirisi (is/was, Insomniac Press) at the Pivot Reading Series at The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Readings by Dave Hugelschaffer (One Careless Moment, Cormorant Books) and April Lindgren (Headline: Murder, Second Story Press) at the Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto (one block north of Bloor Street). Thursday, February 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

For event details and more listings, visit Open Book's events page.

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All the best,
Open Book