Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Sony Reader contest, Shaun Smith, events and more

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Dear Readers,

Less than two weeks remain in which to enter Open Book: Toronto's Sony Reader Contest. Post your questions and comments for our writer in residence, Shaun Smith, on his blog, and your name will be entered in the draw for this fabulous prize. Each new posting counts as a new entry. The winner's name will be selected on February 28th.

Shaun's blog is filled with comment-worthy content, and many readers have weighed in with their thoughts. In his blog, Shaun talks about writing his novel Snakes & Ladders (Dundurn Press), paper books vs. e-books, the standard of living for artists in Canada, "bookproduct" in classrooms and other topics. You can also listen to Shaun reading from Snakes & Ladders here and read an interview with Shaun and a former Open Book WIR, Nathan Whitlock, here.

The latest video interview produced for Open Book is of Tony Burgess talking about Pontypool, for which he wrote the screenplay. The film, directed by Bruce McDonald, is adapted from Tony's1998 novel, Pontypool Changes Everything (ECW Press). The interview was conducted at the Drake Hotel by Ian Daffern and co-produced and edited by Tate Young.

Our latest Toronto Profile is of Pembroke Publishing, a company whose "books explore everything from reading and writing to grammar and speaking to thinking and the arts to classroom management and educational issues."

Also new on the Open Book site are Lisa Myer's photos from the February 6 Misunderstanding Magazine Issue 11 launch, which was celebrated at the livewords reading series at Cervejaria on College Street. The event featured readings by contributors Sandy Pool, Myna Wallin, Aaron Tucker and Camille Martin.

  • Readings by Louise Bak (Gingko Kitchen, Coach House Books) and Adam Dickinson (Kingdom, Phylum, Brick Books) at Tertulia Reading Series, Bread & Circus, 299 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Peter Robinson (Piece of My Heart, McClelland & Stewart) will be at York University's Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series at Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, Accolade West Building, Room 109, Toronto. Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m.

  • TINARS for Tots Kids Can Imagine it Day features Andrew Larsen and Irene Luxbacher (The Imaginary Garden, Kids Can Press) and Barbara Todd and Patricia Storms (Edward and the Eureka Lucky Wish Company, Kids Can Press) at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week with Derek Finkle, Janine Fuller, Ken Setterington and Russell Smith as moderator. At the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Launch for Curry is Thicker than Water (BookLand Press) by Jasmine D'Costa is at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Reading by Claudia Dey (Stunt, Coach House Books), Amer Diab, Steven McKay, Irene Loughlin, Sharon English, Nick Fox-Geig, Fraser Stables and Peter Venuto at The Box Salon, at the Rivoli, 332 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Readings by Lara Bozabalian, Robert Priest (Reading the Bible Backwards, ECW Press) and Jenny Sampirisi (is/was, Insomniac Press) at livewords at Cervejaria, 842 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.

  • The Hamilton launch of Stripmalling (ECW Press) by Jon Paul Fiorentino with illustrations by Evan Munday will take place at The Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William Street, Hamilton. Sunday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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All the best,
Open Book