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Dear Readers,

Spring is in the air! Visit Open Book: Toronto and find out about the fresh and brilliant titles being published in Ontario this season. Your March 2013 updates from Open Book:

ELIZABETH RUTH IS OBT'S MARCH WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
Our March Writer-in-Residence is Elizabeth Ruth, author of Ten Good Seconds of Silence and Smoke. Her most recent novel, Matadora, will be published in April by Cormorant Books. Don't miss the launch on April 10th at the Gladstone Hotel.

Visit Elizabeth's Writer-in-Residence page to read her interview with Open Book and her blog and to check out her reading and website recommendations. Elizabeth is here to answer your writerly questions! Send your emails for Elizabeth to writer@openbooktoronto.com or post them in the space for comments on her blog.

March Book Giveaway: Open Book and Cormorant Books are giving away a copy of Matadora. Click here for details.

MIRANDA HILL ON FIRST READERS
"As a writer revealing a piece of your work for the first time, you are needy," writes Miranda Hill in "First Readers." Hill's latest article for Open Book looks at the vulnerability and value that come with showing your writing to that very important first reader.

BECKY TOYNE LOOKS AT CENSORSHIP
In "(R)age Appropriate," Becky Toyne looks back at Freedom To Read Week and at books that are challenged in schools. She writes, "'Age inappropriate' accusations tend to assume that a younger reader — whether 'young' 4 or 'young' 17 — will be hurt, troubled, confused or even emotionally scarred by exposure to subject matter for which they are not yet 'ready.' But ready for what, exactly? Exposure to information provides us with the cognitive tools to question, to research and to form our opinions."

PHIL MILETIC WRITES ABOUT READING AND DEREK BEAULIEU
Phil Miletic opens his article about derek beaulieu's exhibit at the Niagara Artists Centre, "What Reading Has Become," with the pertinent question, "How do you read? Seriously." Read Phil's article and then check out derek's show, which opens on March 22, 2013, and will feature readings by derek, Jenny Sampirisi, Sharon Harris and Karl Jirgens.

POLITICS AND THE PEN
Last week, the winner of the 13th annual Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing was announced at the Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa. Read our interview with prize winner Marcello Di Cintio and interviews with the four other talented finalists, Peter F. Trent, Noah Richler, Jeffrey Simpson and Taras Grescoe.

NOTES FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS
Whether you're at the beginning stage of writing your book or it's a full manuscript sitting on your desk, you'll want to read "A Hundred and One Questions or How I Learned to Self-Edit" by Deanna Di Lello and "The Branding Checklist, Part Two" by Lucy Leiderman.

Deanna attended an Editing 101 workshop, led by Brian Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order, and Nita Pronovost, Doubleday Canada Senior Editor. At the workshop, she learned "how to look at your work with a critical eye regardless of what stage the work was in."

Lucy's follow-up article to "Branding Checklist, Part One," takes you through the all-important stages of self promotion of websites, blogs and collaborative sites.

INTERVIEWS
Be sure to check out our interviews some of Canada's finest authors: David Rotenberg, Adira Rotstein, Kenneth Bonert, Larry Swartz, Nicolas Billon and Andrew Pyper.

EVENTS
Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Saturday, March 16 at 10:00am: Workshop: Publicity 101 with Brian Francis and Adria Iwasutiak. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto.
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2:00pm: Launch for The Last Train: A Holocaust Story by Rona Arato. Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 1038 Bayview Ave.,
    North York.
  • Wednesday, March 20 at 1:30pm: The Writers' Trust Author Series with Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes. The Women's Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue
    Toronto.
  • Saturday, March 23 at 9:00am: Comic Arts for Kids Expo (CAKE). Lillian H. Smith Library, 230 College St., Toronto.
  • Wednesday, March 27 at 8:00pm: Pivot at the Press Club featuring Jessica Moore, Stan Rogal and Andrew Borkowski. Jacob McArthur Mooney will host. The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W., Toronto.
  • Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm: Workshop: Intro to Screenwriting with Angela Cavallin. Rize Studios, 21R Atlantic Ave., Toronto.

For details and for more listings, visit Open Book's comprehensive Events page.

TALK TO US
We'd love to hear from you! Please send your questions, suggestions and comments to clelia@openbooktoronto.com

All the Best,
Open Book

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