Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Sheree-Lee Olson, Contest Winner, Toronto Profile and Events

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Dear Readers,

Novelist, poet and journalist Sheree-Lee Olson, author of Sailor Girl (The Porcupine's Quill), is Open Book: Toronto's March Writer in Residence. Visit her WIR page to check out her book and website recommendations and to read her blog (her first post, Dear Stephen Colbert, is now up and awaits your comments) and Ten Questions with Open Book. You can send your questions and comments for Sheree-Lee to or post them on her blog.

Thanks to all who entered Open Book's Sony Reader contest. Congratulations to the winner, Tanis Rideout! We'll be running more contests and offering more fabulous prizes this spring. Keep your eye on our home page for details and keep those online comments coming. It is clear Open Book readers love to read what each other think: your comments and online conversations are one of the most well-read areas of the site.

The latest Toronto Profile on Open Book's Around Town page is of This Ain't The Rosedale Library. In 2008, the bookstore - which in 2005 was ranked the eighth best bookstore in the world and best independent bookstore in Canada by The Guardian - moved from its Church and Wellesley location to Kensington Market. Read Monique Mathew's profile of the bookstore here, and go to the store's website,, to find out about upcoming events, book clubs, staff picks and more.

We'd love Open Book readers to become Open Book writers, too. Is there someone or something in Toronto that you'd like to profile for our Around Town page? If so, please let us know the details at (see our About page for full submissions details).

The latest Ten Questions on Open Book are with Marianne Paul (Dead Girl Diaries, Bookland Press), Georgia Graham (The Lime Green Secret, Tundra Books) and Tim Beiser (Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog, Tundra Books). Beiser and illustrator Rachel Berman will be at the Ingram Gallery for the launch and to sign copies of Bradley McGogg on Saturday, March 7. See our events page for details. Original watercolours from the new publication will be available for sale.

The latest video on Open Book is the trailer for The Way of the Smock: The Making of Stripmalling. Stripmalling (ECW Press) is author Jon Paul Fiorentino's new novel. Fiorentino and Evan Munday, who illustrated Stripmalling, will be in conversation with Zoe Whittall at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel tonight, March 2. Rachel Ellison will be taking photos of the launch for Open Book. See you there!

There are a lot of fun literary promotions and events coming up. TSAR Publications is running a March sale on all women's titles, the City of Toronto's Lit City starts this week and runs until May and the Toronto Public Library is hosting a new reading series called The Eh List Author Series.

Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Launch for Stripmalling (ECW Press) by Jon Paul Fiorentino with illustrations by Evan Munday. At the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Playwrights Canada Press Launch Party, hosted by Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole and featuring readings by authors Mary Francis Moore for Maja Ardal, Catherine Hernandez, Michael Rubenfeld, Marjorie Chan, Daniel Karasik, Damien Atkins and Ed Roy. At Tallulah's Cabaret at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto. Monday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything, and Bruce McDonald, director of Pontypool, will be in conversation with Richard Crouse at The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West. Toronto. Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Claudia Dey reads from Stunt at Celebrating Parkdale, A Fireside Event. The evening also features performances by Michael Holt, Janine Stoll, Roman Tome, Evalyn Parry, Andy Sheppard, Coco Love Alcorn, Frank Patrick, Chris Staig, David Seymour and Catherine Bush. At Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.
  • José Latour, Michael Palmer and Robert Rotenberg read at the Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30. James Grainger hosts.
  • Karen Solie (Modern and Normal, Brick Books) will be at U of T's Literature for Our Time series at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria University, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto, on March 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Hosted by Nick Mount.
  • Launch for Bradley McGogg (Tundra Books), written by Tim Beiser and illustrated by Rachel Berman. At Ingram Gallery, 49 Avenue Road, Toronto. Saturday, March 7 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Readings by Agnes Walsh (Going Around With Bachelors, Brick Books), Ryan Kamstra (Into the Drowned World, Insomniac Press) and Lara Bozabalian at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Michael Fraser (The Serenity of Stone, Bookland Press), Michael Mirolla and Melissa Major read at Pivot at The Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Carey Toane.

For details and more listings, visit Open Book's events page. Have an event you'd like us to post? Send details to

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All the best,
Open Book

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