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Spring Magazine, Deborah Ellis, Interviews & Events

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Dear Readers,

Spring is just a week away and Open Book: Toronto can help you plan your first leisurely stroll of the season. The Spring issue of our online magazine features "A Textual Excursion Around the Annex" by Stephen Cain, which highlights the many places in this legendary neighbourhood where Toronto's literary luminaries have supped, slept and written.

"Leaving in the Blank Spaces," an article by James Grainger, will take you to another section of the GTA, North York, where the author grew up and which is the subject of his award-winning short story collection, The Long Slide. Our magazine also includes an absorbing excerpt from Steven Skurka's new book, Tilted: The Trial of Conrad Black. Skurka covered the riveting trial for CTV News, and his book argues that it was "tilted" from the beginning. Evan Munday and Julie Wilson round out the magazine with our regular feature, The 48-Hour Interview, in which they discuss the art of publicity and their personal artistic endeavors. Artist and writer Evan is the publicist for Coach House Books. Writer Julie is the creator behind the ever-popular Seen Reading and she works in publicity and marketing at House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books.

Award-winning author Deborah Ellis is our Writer in Residence for March. Visit Deborah's blog to read about her recent trip to Alaska, One Night at the Call Center, working with editors and letters from children, amongst other topics. Her book, The Heaven Shop, was recently adapted into a play, Binti's Journey, by Theatre Direct. Although the play has wrapped up, the company plans to remount the production next fall. Read about the March production on Deborah's page and don't miss this opportunity to email Deborah at with your questions and comments. Open Book's Writers in Residence welcome your feedback!

Photographer Lisa Myers is out and about, covering readings in Toronto for Open Book. Most recently, she photographed the IV lounge reading series, on March 10th, which featured Peter Richardson, Steve Venright and Julie Wilson. Check out the pictures on Open Book's Flickr page.

When you're visiting, don't miss our recent interviews with authors Maureen Jennings (The K Handshape), José Latour (Comrades in Miami) and Glenda Tippins (A Time of Reckoning). Open Book's interview and featured video with José Latour were posted last week and accompanied by a draw to win three collections of signed books by the renowned author. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and congratulations to the winners of the draw.

Open Book would love to hear from you. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions for us, please send them to

Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Clara Blackwood (Subway Medusa), Rudy Fearon (Noise In My Mind) and Maureen Hynes at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for The Diary of Laura's Twin by Kathy Kacer, who will give a talk, at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, 5075 Yonge Street, Suite 902, Toronto. Wednesday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Launch for The K Handshape by Maureen Jenning at The Sleuth of Baker Street, 1600 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Writer Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Jillian Tamaki will show slides from their graphic novel, Skim, and discuss their book with Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge) at This Is Not A Reading Series, in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. (doors 7:00 p.m.)
  • Launch for Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion's at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto. Thursday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Launch for A Case of You by Rick Blechta at The Black Swan Pub, 154 Danforth Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto. Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Launch for The Sherpa & Other Fictions by Nila Gupta at the Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto. Monday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Visit our events page for more listings and event details.

Open Book