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Dear Readers,

We're mixing it up these days at Open Book: Toronto — we've got poets and artists coming together, writers taking to the stage and authors chatting with filmmakers. It's a veritable grab bag for lovers of the arts!

We're also moving ahead with some of our favourite series and celebrations like Freedom to Read Week and our CBC Canada Reads interview series.

Not to mention our comprehensive event listing, where you can find fantastic literary events across the city. Check out that and much more on our site and read on for a wrap up of what we've been up to lately!

CANADIAN POETS INSPIRE ARTISTS AT THE AGO!

Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario to create one of the most unusual art classes in the city, bringing together writers and painters. It's called Portraits of Poets and we had the good fortune to sit in on one of these classes, where each week a different Canadian poet poses for a class of art students.

Check out our coverage and photos from this unique course and don't miss the public exhibition of selected student works on April 16, 2014 at the AGO's Community Gallery.

YOU TOLD US WHAT FREEDOM TO READ MEANS TO YOU

As Freedom to Read Week begins to wrap up for another year, we are reminded of the importance of the freedom to read what we want, when we want, without government or other institutional interference.

We asked you why reading freedom is important and what it means to you and we were thrilled with the varied, insightful and poignant responses we received.

Click here to see our Freedom to Read Week photo gallery of reader submissions on the theme of what reading freedom truly means.

TORONTO'S PRISCILA UPPAL TAKES HER HIT MEMOIR TO THE STAGE

Priscila Uppal has been widely praised for her poetry and prose, and this year her memoir, Projection, about finding her runaway mother, was a huge hit.

Now Priscila is breathing new life into Projection with a stage adaptation at Toronto's acclaimed Factory Theatre. The stage version is called 6 Essential Questions.

Don't miss your chance to see this moving family story brought to life. 6 Essential Questions runs from March 1-30, 2014.

TIFF's BOOKS AND FILM SERIES RETURNS FOR A 4TH SEASON WITH YANN MARTEL & MORE

If you've ever wondered about how books are adapted for the screen, you won't want to miss this season of TIFF's Books and Film series.

The series launches this Monday, March 3, 2014 with a discussion between decorated author and CBC's Eleanor Wachtel.

Upcoming events in the series include Booker winner Yann Martel and Guggenheim fellow Andre Dubus III discussing their own experiences with adaptation.

Stay tuned to Open Book: Toronto for coverage of this exciting series!

CBC CANADA READS INTERVIEW SERIES + HEADING TO THE YUKON!

With CBC Canada Reads just around the corner, we're talking to more of the brilliant panellists and authors involved in Canada's favourite literary throw-down.

We also are proud to host a fantastic literary conversation between Yukon-based poet Joanna Lilley and Lily Gontard.

Beloved comic and CBC Canada Reads panellist Samantha Bee tells us why Cockroach by Rawi Hage won her heart

Human rights activist and CBC Canada Reads panellist Stephen Lewis talks early Atwood and climate change

Yukon-based poet Joanna Lilley talks to editor Lily Gontard about her collection, The Fleece Era, published by Brick Books

EVENTS

Here's a selection of great events happening over the next two weeks:

  • TONIGHT Friday, February 28 at 7:00p.m.:. Organised as part of Freedom to Read Week: Panel discussion "Surveillance After Snowden" - National Security and the Limits of Freedom of Expression. Pay what you can, $10 suggested donation. Presented by PEN Canada. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.
  • Monday, March 10 at 7:30p.m.: Micropress workshop with Phoebe Wang starts March 10 and runs every Monday until April 28. Fee is $275 and more information is available at http://alittleprint.com/microp.... Flex Studios, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto.
  • Thursday, March 13 at 7:30p.m.: IFOA Weekly: Reading featuring Claire Cameron, Karen Russelland Helen Walsh. Tickets $10 and available via http://www.ifoa.org. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Go to Open Book's comprehensive Events Page for details and a full list of literary events. If you have an event you'd like listed on our site, please send the details to events@openbooktoronto.com.

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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