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Dear Readers,

January 2011 updates from Open Book: Toronto.

OPEN BOOK ARCHIVES
Visit our snazzy new Archives to travel to an earlier year with Open Book's Time Capsule. You can also browse our Archives by Type, Subject Author and Special Series. Curious to know what the top Open Book reads of all time have been? The "Your Favourites" section will link you to the most popular items on our website.

GEORGE MURRAY'S QUESTIONLESS BOOKS INTERVIEWS
When George Murray was Open Book's Writer in Residence in November 2010, he captivated many readers (including the Open Book staff) with his Questionless Books Interview series. Great news, George is now onboard as a regular contributor and his smart and highly entertaining interviews will appear on Open Book as a weekly series. Interviewees so far for 2011: publishing world superstars Martha Sharpe, Michael Tamblyn and Patrick Crean.

WELCOME DALTON HIGGINS
We'd like to welcome Dalton Higgins as a regular contributor on Open Book. Dalton is a music programmer, pop culture critic, author, broadcaster and national magazine award-winning journalist. He is also Canada's foremost expert on hip hop culture. Dalton kicks off his monthly column with his take on how to plan the "Imperfect Un-Book Launch."

BECKY'S BOOK OF BRILLIANT
Our regular columnist Becky Toyne shares her enthusiasm for The Book of Awesome and creates her version of a list of things that make you say... Brilliant! Read Becky's bookish "Book of Brilliant."

JANUARY FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE
"So you're a writer? Prove it. I dare you." Renee Miller challenges all of you writers out there to compose a humorous piece featuring three characters (one of them a child) and a telephone conversation in 500 words or less. Go.

TORONTO PROFILE: BAKKA PHOENIX
One of our favourite Toronto bookstores recently moved to a new location. Read our Toronto Profile of Bakka Phoenix, Canada's oldest Science Fiction and Fantasy bookstore.

FIVE THINGS LITERARY: MIKE STROBEL
Next time you're at Yonge and Dundas, take a moment to look around and soak up the literary atmosphere. Read Mike Strobel's Five Things Literary: Yonge & Dundas and enter our latest contest to win a copy of his book, Bad Girls and Other Perils (Dundurn Press).

Would you like to contribute five things about literary life in your community? Send an email to erin@openbooktoronto.com.

BOOK LOVERS PROMOTION: ETERNAL HYDRA AT FACTORY THEATRE
Crow's Theatre is offering Open Book readers a special book lovers' promotion for tickets to see the Dora Award-winning play, Eternal Hydra. The play by Anton Piatigorsky is published by Coach House Books.

So what's the deal? Use the promotional code "OHBOOKS" and get two-for-one tickets for all performances before February 11th.

INTERVIEWS
Our latest interviews are with an amazing roster of authors: Ed Butts (Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes, Tundra Books), Eric Zweig (Twenty Greatest Hockey Goals, Dundurn Press), Lynda Williams (Avim's Oath, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing), Bruce Sellery (Moolala, McClelland & Stewart), Aislinn Hunter (guest editor of Arc Poetry Annual 2011), Leo Kaman (Rolling the Bones), Frieda Wishinsky (Where Are You, Bear?, OwlKids), Cheryl Cooper (Come Looking for Me, Blue Butterfly Books), Dan Gardner (Future Babble, McClelland & Stewart) and Colm Tóibín (The Empty Family, McClelland & Stewart).

MAGAZINE
Keep an eye out for Open Book's new Winter Magazine, being published next week. We like to call it The Sports Issue.

EVENTS
Take in a reading, join in a workshop or celebrate the launch of a new book. Visit Open Book's Events page for a list of literary events in the GTA. If you'd like your literary event posted on Open Book, please send your listing to Rebecca Lohse at events@openbooktoronto.com.

Comments? Suggestions? Send them to clelia@openbooktoronto.com.

Want more Open Book? Visit our sister site OpenBookOntario.com and help us map literary Ontario.

All the best,
Open Book

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