Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Welcome, Gentlemen: Michael Rubenfeld, Shaun Smith and Nathaniel G. Moore

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Dear Readers,

We hope you are enjoying Open Book’s Spring Magazine. A reminder that if you are ever interested in contributing to Open Book’s magazine, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line about your idea. Full details about contributing to Open Book can be found on our About page.

We are very happy to announce three new contributors at

Michael Rubenfeld is our Writer in Residence for April. Michael brings amazing perspective to Open Book as the first playwright to take over our residency. He is a writer, director, actor and producer originally from Winnipeg, now living in Toronto, and his plays include Present Tense, Spain and My Fellow Creatures. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Absit Omen Theatre with Hannah Moscovitch. In 2008 he was hired as the Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival.

Visit Michael’s author page and blog to read about his new play being presented on the front lawn of CAMH; his perspective on Performance Creation Canada; discussions on loneliness; how "I have officially made this blog my girlfriend," and much more.

We loved Shaun Smith’s original Oddities & Interests post while he was Open Book’s Writer in Residence in March so we are thrilled that he will now contribute a weekly column with the same focus: "a weekly round-up of internet curiosities from the book world." Look for Shaun’s (wonderfully feisty) Sunday Sundries every, yes, Sunday on You can find more information about Shaun and his latest book, Snakes &Ladders, as well as an archive of his previous columns and all other Open Book posts here.

And more great news: the one-of-a-kind Nathaniel G. Moore also joins Open Book this month with a new biweekly column, Conflict of Interest, where he will be profiling literary people, places and things. Nathaniel is the author of Let's Pretend We Never Met (Pedlar, 2007), assistant editor of Broken Pencil and co-editor of Toronto Noir (Akashic, 2008). He also wrote Macho Girls, a Bravo!Fact short directed by Geoffrey Pugen, being released in 2010. Please keep an eye out for Nathaniel G. Moore’s Conflict of Interest column: his profiles start this week on the Around Town page.

As part of your April plans, be sure check in with Open Book’s Events Page for full details on all the literary happenings coming up in and around the GTA. Spring is a busy and exciting time in the publishing world and there is a huge range of events to choose from, including an outstanding poetry roster connected with National Poetry Month.

When you’re visiting, don’t miss our recent interviews with Molly Peacock (The Second Blush, McClelland & Stewart), Desi Di Nardo (The Plural of Some Things, Guernica Editions) and Larry Swartz (The Picture Book Experience, Pembroke Publishers). There is also an outstanding interview by Pedlar Press’s Beth Follett with Martha Baillie and Ronna Bloom discussing their books, writing and all things Toronto.

Open Book

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