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Posted: Aug 12th, 2008 @ 02:14 PM

Upcoming Appearances

None listed on Open Book: Toronto

John Scully

The Lies You Are Told

Want to know if the media is in a healthy, rigorous state? Can you trust the news you are consuming? The surest way to find out if journalism's pulse is beating strongly is by going to, of all places, the health pages or websites.
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Posted: Sep 20th, 2016 @ 06:18 PM

Upcoming Appearances

None listed on Open Book: Toronto

Danila Botha

The Joys Of Being on Book Tour

Hi Open Book Readers, I really love touring. I love doing readings, and I try to do as many as I can.
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Posted: Aug 31st, 2016 @ 04:16 PM

Upcoming Appearances

None listed on Open Book: Toronto

Stuart Ross

and i mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart, of my heart

Most writers don’t make much money, and those in the small press realm can barely afford a wet shoebox to live in.

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Posted: Dec 28th, 2011 @ 04:16 PM

Liz Worth 2011

Touring, Part Two: What to do, what to bring

When I posted the first part of this topic, I didn’t expect there to be such a gap in time between part one and part two. But what’s my excuse? I was busy with readings and book fairs in and out of town.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2007 @ 12:12 PM

Todd Babiak

Goodbye, Toronto, Goodbye

Every writer in the provinces wants to be in Toronto. I cannot live in Toronto, of course, because I have no money and I am scared of smog.

Posted: Jun 7th, 2009 @ 07:19 PM

Gregory Betts

Posted: Oct 8th, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Nicolas Billon

Shifting Gears

Dear Open Bookers, It’s a pleasure to be this month’s Writer-in-Residence.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2008 @ 06:18 PM

Rick Blechta

Finding Home

Most of us have known him only as a writer of police procedurals. As a matter of fact, Eric Wright is one of the grand old men of Canadian crime fiction.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2016 @ 06:18 PM

Danila Botha

The Joys Of Being on Book Tour

Hi Open Book Readers, I really love touring. I love doing readings, and I try to do as many as I can.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

John Brady

Against the grain: networking Yogi Berra, Vaclav Havel, a liking for trouble.

Murphy’s Laws have no statute of limitations. If there is no Murphy’s Law to fit the situation that crashes over you, it’s an easy matter to write a new Murphy’s Law. This I do regularly.

Posted: Apr 30th, 2008 @ 10:10 AM

Barry Callaghan

Everything changes. Nothing changes. (part four)

Continued from Everything changes. Nothing changes. (part three). Final blog.... So what is the point? Well, not long ago a icon, a legend, a very special figure in the world of Canadian writing, died.

Posted: May 13th, 2013 @ 10:22 PM

Edward Carson

A Poem is Disruption: Reading it Brings a Measure of Order

When a poem is written and then read, it moves both away from and toward the reader, and the mind follows, converting the free flow of reading to the linguistic equivalent of Cubism; its sounds and shapes rearrange and reintegrate

Posted: May 1st, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

Marta Chudolinska

Free Comic Book Day Cometh!

Hello Open Book Toronto and the internet at large! I am happy to kick off my bout/gout as Open Book's latest writer in residence by informing you about one of the world's most important events: May 1st...

Posted: Nov 27th, 2007 @ 05:17 PM

Lynn Coady

Harlan Ellison is my hero

Do you remember some rap song from a few years back, the refrain of which was a lilting female voice asking: "Where's my money?

Posted: Nov 4th, 2010 @ 03:15 PM

Joey Comeau

"Try it before you buy it," as a book publishing model?

I have a new book out called Bible Camp Bloodbath, and I published it using a print on demand service.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

The Great Canadian Writer's Craft

The Great Canadian Writer's Craft Interview: Paul Dutton

This spring, students from Malvern Collegiate Institute's Writer's Craft class conducted interviews with Canadian poets as part of a class project.

Posted: Mar 15th, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

Adebe D.A.

On Writing, with Sonnet L'Abbé

Open Book talks to poet Sonnet L'Abbé about journal keeping, Virginia Woolf, future projects and her latest book, Killarnoe (McClelland & Stewart). Open Book: What initially prompted you to write?

Posted: May 31st, 2009 @ 01:13 PM

Ian Daffern

Whazamo! Profiles: Eric Kim

Name: Eric Kim Hometown: Toronto Website: Role: Comic artist, illustrator, co-creator, aspiring creator Latest Work: Most recent was The Sidesteppers for Owl Magazine.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2009 @ 09:09 AM

Nitin Deckha

The benefits of literary festivals: A critique of Kriti

I had the opportunity to partake on a multiple levels at the 2009 Desilit Kriti festival of South Asian literature and arts in Chicago last weekend (June 11-14)

Posted: Apr 30th, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Barry Dempster


Over the course of the WIR experience, I’ve often used my morning writing time to work on that day’s blog. This is sacred time when I shut the door on all distractions, from phone calls to my cat Iris Belle’s whimpers.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2016 @ 06:18 PM

Adebe DeRango-Adem

Gearing Up for National Poetry Month

It has been such a pleasure and honour to be the Writer in Residence for OBT this past month, and especially in light of the fact that next month is also one that I take pleasure and honour in: April, aka National Poetry Month!

Posted: Apr 30th, 2013 @ 10:22 PM

Adam Dickinson


Now that The Polymers has been published and launched, I am currently working on a new and related poetry project, one that also explores the intersection between poetry and chemistry.

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2011 @ 10:10 AM

Farzana Doctor

Canadian Bookshelf Interview: an adventure in Trinity-Bellwoods Park

I recently had the wonderful good luck to spend a late-summer afternoon with Julie Wilson, from Canadian Bookshelf.

Posted: Oct 6th, 2008 @ 11:11 AM

Chris Eaton

Something I found funny today

Reinforcing how Nitin has started his month of residency here with a much more intellectual approach than my own, I felt strangely compelled to return for at least one more blog just to post this link to a skit on Saturday Night L

Posted: Mar 31st, 2008 @ 04:16 PM

Deborah Ellis

last entry

This will be my last entry for the Writer in Residence blog. It's been a good experience and I'm very lucky to have had this forum.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2013 @ 08:20 PM

Andrew Faulkner

Magazines! An interview with Emily Keeler, Jeremy Hanson-Finger and Tyler Willis

It’s my last few hours as Open Book’s Writer in Residence and I’m going out with a bang. This is an interview with three Toronto-based magazine publishers about being Toronto-based magazine publishers.

Posted: Nov 30th, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

Kim Firmston

All Is Revealed

This is my last blog as Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto. That's kind of sad. So as I exit the stage I thought I'd give all of you a chance to get to know me better.

Posted: May 31st, 2016 @ 06:06 AM

Andrew Forbes

Thank You, and Good Night

There isn't enough time. There's never enough time.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2015 @ 11:23 PM

C.B. Forrest

Fathers. Trying, trying, trying.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Of course F. Scott Fitzgerald was talking about all of us when he typed those beautiful final lines to his novel, The Great Gatsby.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2013 @ 02:14 PM

Stacey May Fowles

Self Care, Or Being More Honest About How Awful It Can Be

A few days ago, a friend joked with me on Twitter that the words “SELF CARE” would make fantastic knuckle tattoos. I may have actually considered the idea for a second. (But I promise, just for a second.)

Posted: Dec 16th, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

David Groulx

LRC Themed Issues

The Literary Review of Canada recently announced that beginning in the new year, their submission policy will be of themed issues. Some of these themes will be poems on the elements—e.g.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Brecken Hancock

Few permanent wounds

By far the great majority of the people who go through even the severest depression survive it, and live ever afterward at least as happily as their unaffilicted counterparts.

Posted: May 12th, 2009 @ 06:18 PM

Clayton Hanmer


This past weekend was the comic event of the year in Toronto in terms of the type of comics I prefer.

Posted: Nov 20th, 2015 @ 06:18 PM

Kevin Hardcastle

Taking Your Medicine in the Editing Room

In previous posts I’ve talked about the hard road to getting a book published, and even a bit about the effort that goes into just getting those first few stories done.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

Amy Lavender Harris

Doug Ford's reading List

Ever since Toronto Councillor and Mayoral advisor Doug Ford's humiliating revelation of the seemingly boundless extent of his illiteracy, the city has resonated with condemnation and ridicule.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Teva Harrison

The many colours of Kamal Al-Solaylee

 Kamal Al-Solaylee wrote an amazing book called Brown.

Posted: May 28th, 2008 @ 09:09 AM

Alexander Herman, Paul Matthews and Andrew Feindel

On Copyright

In an op-ed in the Books section of last weekend's Globe and Mail, John Degen, the head of the Professional Writers Association, argued that the panic over copyright in Canada is a false one.

Posted: Apr 29th, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

Angela Hibbs

"ducks, cottonwood trees, soap opera ladies, storms and lost yelps" in conversation with Winterkill author, Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is the author of four acclaimed poetry collections: The Watch and the poetry trilogy Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill Vice President of Project Boo

Posted: Jun 10th, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Dalton Higgins

Hey Writer, Who’s Your Target Audience?

Marketing meetings. Sponsorship confabs. Who doesn’t love them? Outside of providing opportunities for you to figure out some new ways to spread the good word about your product (i.e.

Posted: Dec 29th, 2007 @ 03:15 PM

Anne Hines

Starts and Stops ( In which popping the cork leads me to reflect on kicking the can)

We’re counting down the days until New Year’s Eve. Soon the whole world will be celebrating, making merry and dancing in the streets.

Posted: May 26th, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Ava Homa

Author's Note on Writing Lullaby

May 9, 2010 was going to be a happy day: I had time to write another cover letter for yet another job that was not my forte, not being an author, before I dressed up for a party, to be ready to be picked up by my fiancé… It was

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

Susan Hughes

Striving for a "wow" factor: Writing science books for kids

Welcome to my October blog about kids books in Canada! Hope you had a great summer.

Posted: May 30th, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Ann Ireland

Ann Says "Farewell".

ANN SAYS ‘FAREWELL’. Now it’s time to say goodbye To all our Company..... This is my final blog, more of a blogette. Maybe you enjoyed reading some of teensy essays.

Posted: Oct 16th, 2012 @ 07:19 PM

Sheniz Janmohamed

Bringing Literature Home

As a child, the library was my haven. A space where I could quietly read and let my imagination run free.

Posted: Aug 13th, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Michael Januska


This past weekend I had the privilege and the pleasure of visiting my hometown, Windsor, on another trip to promote Riverside Drive. Here are some highlights:

Posted: Sep 27th, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

P.S. Jevanael


My novel TETHERED ROMANCE has been one that has been hugely anticipated. I've spoken about it before, but I'll just recap.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2016 @ 02:14 PM

Aisha Sasha John

Posted: Jan 20th, 2010 @ 02:14 PM

Amy Jones

Favourite Short Stories

It's super rare that I ever feel like writing about writing instead of actually writing (yeah, that's a lot of writings).

Posted: Apr 30th, 2015 @ 07:07 AM

Julie Joosten

On Blogging, Accompaniment, and Gratitude

This has been an interesting April of blogging for me. While I read blogs, I’ve never myself blogged before. It was more difficult than I’d anticipated, and more enjoyable.

Posted: Dec 31st, 2008 @ 09:09 AM

Kathy Kacer

Saying good-bye!

Time to sign off, folks. I must say, I’ve loved every minute of this gig – enjoyed the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas about the writing world, particularly from the Y.A. perspective.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2009 @ 11:23 PM

Welwyn Wilton Katz

Battle of the Blades

Just voted my possible ten times for Battle of the Blades. I couldn't vote for just one pair.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2009 @ 11:11 AM

Lauren Kirshner

Q & A with Poet Michael Lista

A few days ago I met poet Michael Lista at the Cafe Diplomatico on College Street, where we talked, among other things, about Canadian poetry, Bloom, his soon-to-be-published debut from The House of Anansi Press, and a preview of

Posted: Sep 30th, 2015 @ 09:21 PM

Alexis von Konigslow

Writing Through Life Change

I used to think that writing was an all-alone endeavor: I thought that all you need is a laptop and some time. I don’t know why I thought that. It’s not true, it turns out. I’ve had help.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2015 @ 07:07 AM

Irina Kovalyova

keep going

This is my last post as the writer-in-residence for this website. It’s been a lot of fun. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my blogs as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. What remains to be said?

Posted: Oct 17th, 2010 @ 08:08 AM

Pj Kwong

A Book Launch Tale - Taking The Ice - Success Stories from the World of Canadian Figure Skating

Well...although it was 2 weeks ago, it feels like the launch was just yesterday for my first book Taking the Ice - Success Stories from The World of Canadian Figure Skating. (

Posted: Mar 25th, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

Jeff Latosik

Entry 7: James Langer and Joshua Trotter

Joshua Trotter Books: All This Could Be Yours (Biblioasis, 2010) Cred: Widespread publication.

Posted: Apr 29th, 2016 @ 07:07 AM

James Lindsay

On Back and Forth

Much like how poetry and fiction can give perspective on inner dialogue—the stuff of conscious thought—and how it works, interviews can be displays of outer thought—the stuff of collaboration and conversation: the bricks and morta

Posted: Dec 31st, 2013 @ 07:07 AM

Elizabeth MacLeod

Happy Hogmanay

And Another Thing … If cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden were still alive, she would be 135 years old today — and probably still looking fabulous.

Posted: Nov 26th, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

Stacey Madden

CanFic Crash-Ups

A CanFic crash-up is an experiment in which the first and last lines of a given work of Canadian fiction are put side by side. The effect can be extraordinary.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

Pasha Malla

The last post

Here's a good list of 100 great novels. I'm not sure about "the best" -- two Dostoevsky titles, but no Brothers Karamazov, WTF?

Posted: Jan 30th, 2009 @ 12:12 PM

Dennis McCloskey

Everyday Heroes

By Dennis McCloskey In a discussion of the concept of heroism, the late U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, said he had read a report that indicated John Wayne was the last American hero.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

rob mclennan

Profile on Hoa Nguyen, with a Few Questions

In an interview with Hoa Nguyen posted to Bookslut in January 2008, Joshua Marie Wilkinson referred to her as “one of America’s best contemporary poets that you may not have heard of.” She is the author of three trade poetry colle

Posted: Sep 30th, 2009 @ 12:12 PM

Jacob McArthur Mooney

Last Post: Good Things in October

Whereas today is the last day of September, it also marks the end of our time together. Sad, I know. All good things and whatnot.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2015 @ 01:13 PM

Pamela Mordecai

Re: (Whether it is) Becoming (to Be) a lady and the use of the word in Jamaican Creole (JC)

News flash! Author copies of my novel, Red Jacket, arrived in the mail yesterday.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Kim Moritsugu

A month in the life of the launching author

Today marks one month since May 31, the official publication date of my new novel The Oakdale Dinner Club, and one month since I started my residency here at Open Book Toronto. Within the month of June, I: - wrote and posted

Posted: Aug 20th, 2012 @ 09:09 AM

John Moss

Scenes of the Crime

Scenes of the Crime It’s been a week now since the annual Wolfe Island Mystery Lover’s Festival, Scene of the Crime. This was my second go at it, the first as a speaker, panelist, and honoured guest.

Posted: May 13th, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Evan Munday

Words & Curds: Alena Graedon, author of The Word Exchange

On April 23, I met with debut American author Alena Gradeon, who just released her first novel, a language-based dystopian thriller called The Word Exchange, published by Random House Canada.

Posted: Dec 31st, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

Sachiko Murakami

Literary Holiday Parties: Jack Kirchoff and Robert Dayton, The Canadian Romantic

What? It's NYE? I guess this is my last OBT post, then. OMG. WTF. ETC. I've had a lot of fun blogging here this month. Thanks for reading!

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2012 @ 03:15 PM

George Murray

The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Filmmaker David Seymour

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a se

Posted: Aug 1st, 2015 @ 06:06 AM

Ken Murray

The Greatest Joy of Writing is to Occasionally be Out of Your Mind

Writing these posts over the past month has reminded me of something.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2009 @ 09:21 PM

Sheree-Lee Olson


It’s spring, and I am not thinking of Paris, or New York, or Barcelona. I am longing for Turku. Turku is Finland’s southern port city, across the Baltic from Stockholm.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

John Oughton

Ekphrasis Strikes Again!

The Guinness Book of Records probably doesn't have a category for it, but a group of writers and artists in Toronto has likely set a record for the longest-running, largest-scale collaboration anywhere between writers and vis

Posted: Apr 8th, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Dorothy Ellen Palmer

The National Forum on the Literary Arts: Too Few Knights, Two Growing Dragons.

In any evaluation, the view contains the viewer in both meanings of the word contain: it includes the viewer; it limits the viewer.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Brian Panhuyzen

Oh, Suspense!

In some literary circles, "suspense" is a bad word.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

Basil Papademos

When Trouble Comes Looking for You...

A World of Villon... Not a Footprint in Sight.. Of Erotic Lit, Mommy Bl

Posted: Dec 24th, 2009 @ 09:21 PM

Marianne Paul

Looking for the Miraculous

I haven’t seen an angel in a water spot on my ceiling, or the Virgin Mary in the shape of a potato, or the face of Jesus on a scorch mark on the bottom of my iron, or the Son of God in the lines and wrinkles of a cinnamon bun.

Posted: Oct 31st, 2010 @ 10:22 PM

Shane Peacock

The Best Job Ever

During Q&As, I'm often asked why I became a writer. My favourite answer is that I did it because I didn't want to have a job.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011 @ 05:05 AM

Kate Pullinger

First Person Narrators

I’m currently reading ‘Lemon’ by Cordelia Strube (Coach House Books) and this has lead me to think about the perils and pleasures of first person narratives.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2008 @ 08:08 AM

Corey Redekop

Is this the end?

Yup. My tenure as January's Writer-in-Residence has come to its inevitable conclusion. A friend suggested that I end on something controversial to get people talking, but that's not me.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2014 @ 07:07 AM

Sandra Ridley

Eppur si muove/and yet it moves

Eppur si muove. And yet it moves. This is what Galileo supposedly said, speaking of the earth, upon being found guilty of heresy in 1633 for promoting the Copernican model of heliocentricity.

Posted: Jun 10th, 2009 @ 11:23 PM

Linda Rogers


The nerd wore his pants up around his armpits and he tucked his polyester shirt into his underpants. He combed his hair with his mother's spit. He could add six columns but he didn't count. He wrote bad poems th

Posted: Oct 31st, 2009 @ 08:20 PM

Damian Rogers

Dance of the Last Shaker: A Short Film

Well, this is my last post and I wanted to use it to highlight the short film my friends Rebecca Mendoza and Chris Murphy made using two of my poems.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2016 @ 04:16 PM

Stuart Ross

and i mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart, of my heart

Most writers don’t make much money, and those in the small press realm can barely afford a wet shoebox to live in.

Posted: Dec 24th, 2010 @ 05:17 PM

Jeffrey Round


In David Bergen’s Giller Prize-nominated The Matter With Morris, from HarperCollins, a man named Morris Schutt is having a hard time holding on to reality. At the heart of it lies the death of Morris’s son in Afghanistan.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2009 @ 01:01 AM

Michael Rubenfeld

Rational Irrational.

At this point, its all just gobble-dee-gook. I'm writing this blog but I'm not sure what I'm trying or even need to say.

Posted: Mar 27th, 2013 @ 09:21 PM

Elizabeth Ruth

Ever Wonder What Our Children Think about Toronto? (I do, so I asked. Perhaps the mayor should take note)

QUESTION #1: What's the best thing about your city, Toronto? That there's not a lot of pollution. (Sara, age 6) Toronto has more hardware stores than some other cities.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011 @ 01:13 PM

Devyani Saltzman

The New Yorker at Luminato

As part of Luminato 2011, we’re excited to partner with The New Yorker on a series of literary events over two days of the festival. As the Middle East enters a new chapter, David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, will lead a

Posted: Aug 12th, 2008 @ 02:14 PM

John Scully

The Lies You Are Told

Want to know if the media is in a healthy, rigorous state? Can you trust the news you are consuming?

Posted: Sep 29th, 2013 @ 06:18 PM

Victoria Sedova


In this interview, I am talking with Fraser Sutherland from Toronto about his experience with translation projects.

Posted: Dec 1st, 2009 @ 06:18 PM

Karen Shenfeld

Write ‘em faster than you can read ‘em

The first blog I ever read was that written by a then eighteen-year-old son of a friend. It was, I confess, only three short years ago.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2010 @ 09:21 PM

Emil Sher

A Loss for Words

Sometimes, a passing comment sticks like a burr. Recently, I bumped into Ralph and his dog as I was walking mine. Ralph’s son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter had visited from out of town.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2012 @ 09:21 PM

Erin Shields

O Canada

O Canada My home and native land. Your leaves are falling and people are crawling back into their houses again. The days are getting darker, the nights are growing colder and Christmas has begun its’ abrupt commercial invas

Posted: Jan 10th, 2010 @ 08:20 PM

Shaun Smith



Posted: Jul 30th, 2008 @ 07:19 PM

Beverley Stone


16. The Secret to Living the Writing Life (and no, its not booze) I think, based on my limited experience to date, that the secret is patience -- many levels of patience.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2011 @ 06:06 AM

Fraser Sutherland


I have fond memories of the International Festival of Authors’ hospitality suite. In the days when I was acquainted with it, the suite was at the top of a tower in the Harbour Castle Hilton, now named the Westin Harbour Castle.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014 @ 05:05 AM

Dane Swan

Multimedium publishing and the future of the literary press (Part 4 - Final)

Part 4: The corporate structure of the multimedium publisher Even I find it fascinating that as most media driven industry begins the slow destruction of their vertical structure that the future of books is probably dependent

Posted: Feb 28th, 2016 @ 08:20 PM

Jess Taylor

Why Some of the Best Writers I Know Aren't Publishing

Some of the best writers I know are relatively unpublished. They might have a story out here or there, or maybe write professionally in another genre, but they aren’t actively trying to pursue a publisher for a longer work.

Posted: May 29th, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

Carey Toane

Writers on TV survey: Spencer Gordon

Dear reader, this is my last post as writer-in-residence. It’s been a slice, and I’m sorry it’s over.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2012 @ 07:19 PM

Sarah Tsiang

Susan, a lesson in awesomeness (part 1)

Whenever someone asks me who they should read, I ask them if they’ve read a Susan lately. There are so many wonderful poets named Susan in Canada that it borders on the ridiculous. Which, of course, delights me.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2013 @ 09:09 AM

Aya Tsintziras

Jennifer Close on Writing, Reading and Teaching

Yesterday, as it seemed to alternatively rain and stop raining, I sat at a tiny table in the lobby of a Toronto Harbourfront-area hotel.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2012 @ 08:20 PM

David Tucker

Chance Encounters and Butterfly Wings

Early in my career, I wrote and produced a television documentary that got some mail.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2010 @ 05:17 PM

Paul Vermeersch

A Parting Thought from Our March Writer-In-Residence: Toronto Is a Vibrant Literary City. Become a Part of It!

Dear Toronto Book Lovers, It's been a pleasure blogging for you all here at Open Book Toronto. Thanks to OBT, I've had the chance to be political, nostalgic, optimistic and perhaps even (time will tell) prophetic.

Posted: Dec 30th, 2012 @ 09:21 PM

Thom Vernon

Year End Wrap Up 2012:

Okay, take it easy on me this time. I actually got bullied by email (I won't name names —Charles—but you know who you are) after that last post about games.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

Natalie Zina Walschots

A Public Life

This morning, I had the pleasure of speaking to an English class at Ryerson, led my instructor Sarah Henstra.

Posted: Jun 29th, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

Jessica Westhead

Deer in the Bloglights No More!

Blogging is hard! Before Open Book Toronto so kindly asked me aboard, I had very limited blogging experience, having written exactly two posts for other people’s online homes (one on notebook love, for Rebecca Rosenblum, and th

Posted: Jan 5th, 2012 @ 06:18 PM

Robert Paul Weston

The Mysteries of Radio

Back in fall, my book Dust City was nominated for the 2012 Red Maple Award, part of Ontario's Forest of Reading Program.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2016 @ 02:14 PM

Nathan Whitlock

Service Industry Hell (Part 6): Service Industry Heaven!

A lot of the inspiration for my new book, Congratulations On Everything, came from the things I saw while working in bars, restaurants, and hotels, and from the experiences of friends who did the same.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2007 @ 10:22 PM

Zoe Whittall

Zoe T. Leroy interviews Maureen Medved, author of The Tracey Fragments

In 1999, my fabulous then-roomie, Mariko, recommended I read a slim blue book about an impetuous teen named Tracey.

Posted: Oct 31st, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

Liz Worth

The thing that terrifies me the most about writing

It came out of me the in a journal entry the other day, a fear I know has been swimming around inside for years now, but one that I never fully articulated, or maybe even fully acknowledged, until it was right in front of my face:
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