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May at Open Book

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Dear Readers,

Hello! Some May highlights for you.

Pamela Mordecai
The amazing Pamela Mordecai is our Writer in Residence for May. Her first poem was written when she was nine, about a hurricane that hit the island of Jamaica in that year. She was born and grew up there, “going to the nuns” at age four and leaving them at age twenty-one.

A bit of a hurricane herself, she has been a teacher, a trainer of teachers, a TV host, a sort of accountant, a writer-researcher, an editor, a book packager and a publisher. A prolific anthologist with a special interest in the writing of Caribbean women, she has edited groundbreaking anthologies including Jamaica Woman (with Mervyn Morris) and Her True-True Name (with Betty Wilson). Pam has also published sixteen textbooks, four collections of poetry, and five books (poetry and stories) for children, and a volume of short stories, Pink Icing and Other Stories (Insomniac Press).

Visit Pam’s author page and blog to read her thoughts on Toronto, a duppy story and a taste of summer with musings on coconut ice and shave ice.

Clayton Hanmer and Whazamo!
Also on OpenBookToronto.com in May, WHAZAMO! Ontario Graphic Novel Month. Whazamo! is an online comics celebration curated by Vepo Studios for Open Book, created to showcase the talented graphic novelists and illustrators published by the Ontario publishers, as well as draw attention to the new stars of the Canadian graphic novel and comic book scene.

Keep checking in: Whazamo! features fresh weekly updates including videos (see the latest, Making a Softer World with Joey Comeau, Emily Horne and Ryan North); comics for younger-readers and web-comics; profiles of creators (thus far, Evan Munday, Ashley Spires, Kid Koala and Troy Little); feature articles; and a Cartoonist-In-Residence, the incredible Clayton Hanmer (you can find his very fun page here).

Spring Events
While planning your May/June, 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. There is a big roster of events to choose from, for readers of all ages and interests.

Conversations with Canadian Authors
Recent author interviews on OpenBookToronto.com include Marla Stewart Konrad (Getting There, Tundra Books), Randall Maggs (Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, Brick Books) and James Guttman (World Wrestling Insanity Presents: Shoot First…Ask Questions Later, ECW Press).

Photos!
We also think you’ll enjoy our recent photo coverage of the recent Al Purdy Tribute, Martha Baillie’s Toronto Launch, Richard Poplak’s Toronto Launch, Carolyn Smart’s Toronto Launch and the TSAR launch for Shaista Justin’s new collection.

Best,
Open Book

p.s. Open Book loves to hear your feedback. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions for us, please get in touch at amy@openbooktoronto.com.