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March Updates from Open Book: Toronto

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Dear Readers,

March updates from Open Book: Toronto.

MARCH FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE
Renee Miller's March Flash Fiction challenge calls on readers to "write a poem that is evocative, humorous and that encourages the reader to reflect on at least one aspect of humanity." You have until April 10th to submit your poem. Go!

FEATURES
Visit our Features page to read Stacey Madden's article about The Speakeasy Reading Series, where you'll find a "chattery, fist-pounding, pint-guzzling good time."

On the Features page, you can read "Spearmint" by Melanie Janisse and experience New York encounters, the pull of a poetry vending machine and camaraderie at the Pivot at the Press Club reading series.

Want to know about Roncesvalles Village of the 1950s and '60s? Check out our latest Toronto Profile for an engrossing interview with Andrew J. Bokowski, author of Copernicus Avenue (Cormorant Books).

In the third installment of his ongoing investigation into the world of short fiction, Nathaniel G. Moore spoke with Nick McArthur, author of Short Accounts of Tragic Occurrences (DC Books).

JEFF LATOSIK TALKS TO THE POETS
Open Book's March Writer in Residence, Jeff Latosik (Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, Insomniac Press), has been posting a remarkable series of interviews with contemporary Canadian poets on his blog. Visit his Writer-in-Residence page for these must-read interviews. You can post your questions and comments for Jeff directly to his blog or send them to writer@openbooktoronto.com.

WIN A COPY OF TINY, FRANTIC, STRONGER BY JEFF LATOSIK
Win some poetry for National Poetry Month! Open Book and Insomniac Press are giving away a copy of Jeff's poetry collection, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger. To enter your name in the draw, send an email to clelia@openbooktoronto.com with the title of one of Jeff's reading recommendations on his Writer-in-Residence page. The contest closes on March 31st.

ANNOUNCING THE VIRTUAL SONNETS PROJECT
We are delighted to announce that Edward Carson has joined Open Book's team of regular contributors. In honour of National Poetry Month, Edward will be kicking off his "Virtual Sonnets" project on Open Book on April 1st. The project is "a call to discover what emerges when many hearts and minds come together." Edward will collaborate with Open Book readers to create sonnets. Make sure to check back April 1st to participate in and watch the creation of a sonnet.

INTERVIEWS
Find out about some of your favourite authors' and illustrators' reading and writing habits with the latest series of interview on Open Book. The interviewees: Trilby Kent, Catherine Graham, Karen Enns, Marina Sonkina, Sonnet L'Abbé , Margriet Ruurs and W. Allan Hancock, Jeffery Donaldson, Rita Deverell, Barbara Fradkin, Adebe DeRango-Adem and Rina Singh and Farida Zaman.

EVENTS
Stop by Open Book's comprehensive Events Page when you're planning your spring literary outings. If you have a literary listing you'd like us to add, please send it to Rebecca Lohse at events@openbooktoronto.com.

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

All the best,
Open Book

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