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Dear Readers,

A few updates from Open Book: Toronto.

The Word On The Street has been going strong for 20 years. What festival moment from all of those years stands out in your mind? Tell us about it by sending an email to or post it onto the bottom of the contest listing, and your name will be entered in a draw for a fabulous festival prize pack (valued at approximately $1500), which includes over 60 of the titles that will be featured at The Word On The Street on September 27th. The winner's name will be selected on September 28th.

Open Book's Fall Magazine is online. It features a 48-Hour Interview with Sean Cranbury and Hugh McGuire who discuss the future of publishing; "Look Who's 30: The ever-evolving IFOA," an article by Nathan Whitlock; and "The Word On The Street" by Michelle Gatien, which reviews the festival's past twenty years. This issue's book excerpt is from Hip Hop World (House of Anansi Press) by Dalton Higgins. Read the magazine here.

Photographer David Waldman covered two of the season's big literary soirees for Open Book. Check out photos from the Wayzgoose Party at Coach House Books and from Afterword: A Celebration of Thirty Years for Pages Books & Magazines.

Our September writer in residence, Jacob McArthur Mooney, has been blogging about a variety of topics, such as "How to Arrange Your Bookshelf for Productivity and Laughter" and writing "Two Letters to Internet Strangers." Read his full blog here, and send your questions and comments for Jacob to or post them directly onto his blog.

This Ain't the Rosedale Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Open Book blogger Shaun Smith interviewed the store's proprietors, Charlie Huisken and Jesse Huisken, about books and their store. Read the interview here.

Our latest Ten Questions are with Nan Forler and François Thisdale (Birdchild, Tundra Books), Catherine Black (Lessons of Chaos and Disaster, Guernica Books), Guy Thatcher (A Journey of Days, General Store Publishing House), Marta Chudolinska (Back + Forth, The Porcupine's Quill), Monica Nawrocki (Thanks for Chucking That at the Wall Instead of Me, Chestnut Books), Jan Conn (Botero's Beautiful Horses, Brick Books) and Cary Fagan and Dusan Petricic (Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas, Tundra Books).

Some Toronto and area event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Reading by Patrick Lane (Red Dog, Red Dog, McClelland & Stewart) at Toronto Public Library, S. Walter Stewart Branch, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto. Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch of Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music (University of Toronto Press) by Ryan Edwardson at Soundscapes, 572 College Street, Toronto. Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch of It's a Snap (Tundra Books) by Monica Kulling and illustrated by Bill Slavin. At the Stephen Bulger Gallery / Camera Bar, 1026 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch of Ivan's Birches (Pedlar Press) by Barry Dempster at Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto. Thursday, September 24 at 7:30.
  • Pedlar Press's "Word on My Street" sale. 2009 released books for only $20. Three books for $30. Proceeds go to Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy. Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Word On The Street is in Queen's Park in Toronto on Sunday Sunday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Cary Fagan (Valentine's Fall, Cormorant Books) in conversation with Gerry Clement at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Launch of Holding Still For As Long As Possible (House of Anansi Press) by Zoe Whittall. Whittall in convrsation with Lisa Foed at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Launch of Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia (Between the Lines) by Jasmin Hristov at Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street, Toronto. Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

For event details and many more listings, please visit our events page.

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All the best,
Open Book