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Toronto: A City Becoming, Barry Callaghan, Interviews and Events

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Dear Readers,

At the beginning of April, we asked you what you find most becoming about Toronto. Open Book: Toronto readers sent in a huge assortment of answers, along with the name of a contributor to the terrific collection of essays, Toronto: A City Becoming (Key Porter Books), edited by David Macfarlane. The contest entries were all placed in a draw for one of five copies of the book, and the winners were selected yesterday. One Grand Prize winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate for David Mirvish Books (596 Markham Street), which was generously donated by this beautiful and one-of-a-kind bookstore. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and congratulations to the winners!

From the entries, we've put together a list of what you find most becoming about Toronto, which includes such answers as, "the greenhouse at Allan Gardens - total strange oasis," "Dim sum in Chinatown" and "the statue of Al Purdy that will be unveiled in Queen's Park in May." You can find out what David Macfarlane thinks is most becoming about Toronto in his Ten Questions with Open Book. Then head to the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom this evening (April 14) for the launch for Toronto: A City Becoming. Macfarlane will moderate a discussion featuring contributors to the book, and we're sure this event will be a feisty and highly intriguing exchange of ideas about our fine city. The launch is a "This is Not A Reading Series" event. Click here for full event details.

Open Book's April Writer in Residence is Barry Callaghan. In his blog, he's been discussing some of Toronto's architecture, offering his opinion of blogs and critiquing writing styles. Do you agree with Barry that "If it can be said that we are what we eat, then surely we are what we see day after day, hour after hour"? And how do you respond to his question, "Is metaphor necessary?" Barry is available to address your comments and answer your questions at writer@openbooktoronto.com.

There's a lot of new content on Open Book this month, including our "Ten Questions" with Alison Pick (The Dream World, McClelland & Stewart), David Macfarlane (Toronto: A City Becoming, Key Porter Books), Maggie Wheeler (All Mortall Things, General Store Publishing House) and Doug Lennox (Now You Know Pirates and Now You Know Natural Disasters, Dundurn Press). You can also find several great author interviews on the "Fiery First Fiction" blog. "Fiery First Fiction" is a national reading campaign, sponsored by the Literary Press Group, that promotes first-time fiction writers across the country. The campaign runs during May; to find out more about it, consult FFF's blog or their Facebook page.

April's full of great literary events, and photographer Lisa Myers is covering a number of them for Open Book. Her latest photographs, from the April 1 launch for The Drowned Lands (Pedlar Press) by Stan Dragland, appear on Open Book's Flickr page.

Event highlights of the next two weeks:

  • David Macfarlane, editor of Toronto: A City Becoming (Key Porter Books), at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Donut and the Making of Convenience: A Lecture with Steve Penfold (The Donut: A Canadian History, University of Toronto Press) at Montgomery's Inn Museum, 4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch for A Week of This (ECW Press) by Nathan Whitlock at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Readings by Don Domanski (All Our Wonder Unavenged, Brick Books), Randall Maggs (Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, Brick Books) and Alison Pick (The Dream World, McClelland & Stewart) at Harbourfront Centre in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Anansi Poetry Bash celebrates the launch of Revolver by Kevin Connolly, The Sentinel by A.F. Moritz and Chameleon Hours by Elise Partridge at LeVack Block, 88 Ossington Avenue, Toronto. Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Desire for Development: Whiteness, Gender, and the Helping Imperative (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) by Barbara Heron at the Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street, Toronto. Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Join poets Souvankham Thammavongsa, Boonaa Mohammed, Patria Rivera and James Deahl for Poetry Without Borders at Parliament Library, 269 Gerrard Street East, Toronto. Monday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Launch for Stunt (Coach House Books) by Claudia Dey at This Is Not A Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Launch for Death in the Air (Tundra Books) by Shane Peacock at Nicolas Hoare Bookstore, 45 Front Street East, Toronto. April 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Rick Blechta will be signing copies of his latest book, A Case of You (RendezVous Press), at Chapters in Mississauga. Saturday, April 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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

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

Enjoy!
Open Book