Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Trillium Videos, Nathan Whitlock, Interviews and Events

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Dear Readers,

The Trillium Awards were handed out last week. In the week leading up to the award ceremony, Open Book: Toronto posted videos with Trillium finalists, Gil Adamson (The Outlander, House of Anansi Press), Robert Hough (The Culprits, Random House Canada), Ray Robertson (What Happened Later, Thomas Allen Publishers) and Emily Schultz (Songs for the Dancing Chicken, ECW Press). The videos were sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and produced by Ian Daffern.

Our June writer in residence is Nathan Whitlock, author of the acclaimed novel A Week Of This: A novel in seven days (ECW Press). Among other things, Nathan's blog discusses the dignity of book trailers, the worth of online social-networking tools for promoting books and interviews Zachariah Wells, editor of Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (Biblioasis). Send your questions and comments for Nathan to

Photographer Lisa Myers has been covering events for Open Book. Visit our Flickr page for photos from the May 28 launch for The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi Press) by Pasha Malla, the May 5 launch for Branding Miss G__ (Sumach Press) by Michelle Miller and the June 6 Toronto Noir (Akashic Books) readings.

We have new Ten Questions interviews on Open Book. Visit our news page to read interviews with James Laxer (Mission of Folly: Canada and Afghanistan, Between The Lines), Christopher Shulgan (The Soviet Ambassador, McClelland & Stewart) and Michael Knox (North End Poems, ECW Press). We've also posted an interview with Toronto author Maggie Helwig (Girls Fall Down), courtesy of Coach House Books.

Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Launch for The North End Poems (ECW Press) by Michael Knox at Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Reading by Lien Chao (The Chinese Knot, TSAR Publications) at the Locke Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 3083 Yonge Street, Toronto. Tuesday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Creatures Yesterday and Today (Tundra Books) by Karen Patkau at the Yorkville Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 22 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto. Wednesday, June 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Readings by Elyse Freidman (Long Story Short, House of Anansi Press), Keith Garebian (Blue, the Derek Jarman Poems, Signature Editions) and Beverly Stone (No Beautiful Shore, Cormorant Books) are at the IV Lounge Reading Series, 326 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Friday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Lien Chao (The Chinese Knot, TSAR Publications) at the Goldhawk Park Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 3083 Yonge Street, Toronto. Friday, June 20 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Reading and book signing by Chad Fraser (Lake Erie Stories, Dundurn Press) at the Victory Café, 581 Markham Street, Toronto. Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Reading RM Vaughan (Troubled, Coach House Books) at Proud Voices during Toronto's Pride Week. Vaughan joins Ivan E. Coyote and Shani Mootoo, as he reads on the Pride Toronto Readings Stage at James Canning Park (north of Dundonald Street, between Yonge and Church). Saturday, June 28. Readings from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vaughan reads at 3:00 p.m.

Visit our events page for event details and for more listings.

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All the best,
Open Book