Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Contest Winner, Author Interviews, Lynn Coady, and Upcoming Events.

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Dear Reader,

Open Book: Toronto and The Drake Hotel are pleased to announce that we have a winner for our one-of-a-kind contest. Congratulations Jennifer Govier! For those of you who entered but didn't win this time, don't worry - Open Book will offer many more chances to win wonderful prizes. Keep checking our website for details about our upcoming contests.

Open Book recently had the opportunity to talk to award-winning authors Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters about Bifocal, their latest Young Adult novel. Bifocal is about the growth of racial tensions in a high school after a Muslim student is arrested on suspicion of having terrorist affiliations. We asked the authors about their research, the inspiration for Bifocal, and their forthcoming projects. Read the interviews with Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters on our news page.

Our Writer in Residence for November is Lynn Coady, author of Mean Boy, Play the Monster Blind, Saints of Big Harbour, and Strange Heaven, and editor of The Anansi Reader: Forty Years of Very Good Books and Victory Meat: New Fiction from Atlantic Canada. Visit Lynn's page to read her interview with Open Book and to peruse her reading suggestions. Check out Lynn's blog for her comments on Toronto's literary events, arts awards, and Carol Burnett's de-elasticized bra. As always, please feel free to contact her at Open Book's WIR page.

There are lots of great literary events in Toronto and area in the next two weeks. Some event highlights are:

  • Shane Peacock (Eye of the Crow) at Chapters in Oshawa for Customer Appreciation Day. Book signing. Oshawa Centre Mall. Sunday November 18, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Launch for And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle by Elspeth Cameron. David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham Street, Toronto. Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Lisa Appignanesi (Mad, Bad, Sad) at Hoare's High Tea. King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East, Toronto. Sunday, November 18, 4:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Lisa Appignanesi (Mad, Bad, Sad) at the Verity Women's Club, 111d Queen Street East Toronto. Dinner in the library with discussion. Monday, November 19, 6:30 p.m. Contact the club for ticket info.
  • Readings by Gil Adamson (The Outlander) and Frances Itani (Remembering the Bones) in Waterloo. Knox Church, 50 Erb Street West, Waterloo. Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. Tickets $8.
  • Reading by Carolyn Gammon and Christiane Hemker (Johanna Krause Twice Persecuted: Surviving in Nazi Germany and Communist East Germany). This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 483 Church Street, Toronto. Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Carolyn Gammon and Christiane Hemker (Johanna Krause Twice Persecuted: Surviving in Nazi Germany and Communist East Germany). Tatham Centre 2218, University of Waterloo, Waterloo. Tuesday, November 20, 4:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Carolyn Gammon and Christiane Hemker (Johanna Krause Twice Persecuted: Surviving in Nazi Germany and Communist East Germany). York Lanes 230R, York University, Toronto. Wednesday, November 21, 3:00 p.m.
  • Launch party for Side Effect by Lorenz Peter. Katharine Mulherin Art, 1086 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, November 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Launch party for More to Keep Us Warm by Jacob Scheier. Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.
  • Reading by Shane Peacock (Eye of the Crow). Parliament Street Library, 269 Gerrard Street East, Toronto. Thursday November 22, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Launch for two new mysteries, Trumpets Sound No More by Jon Redfern and Brother's Keeper by Steven Owad. Sleuth of Baker Street, 1600 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. Friday, November 23, 6:00 p.m.
  • Book signing by photographer John de Visser in Port Hope. Furby House Books, 93 Walton Street, Port Hope. Saturday, November 24, 2:00 p.m.
  • Readings by S.E. Venart (Woodshedding), John Steffler (The Grey Islands), and Paul Vermeersch (Between the Walls) at the Art Bar Poetry Series. Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, November 27, 8:00 p.m.

For more listings, visit our events page.

Enjoy!
Open Book