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Dear Readers,

Happy fall book season! Your September updates from Open Book: Toronto:

WRITER IN RESIDENCE ERIN SHIELDS
Erin Shields is Open Book: Toronto's October 2012 Writer in Residence! Erin is a playwright and actor who recently won the Governor General's Award for her remarkable play, If We Were Birds (Playwrights Canada Press).

Visit Erin's WIR page to read her blog and her Playwrights in Profile interview and to check out her reading and website recommendations.

Erin is here to answer your writerly questions! You can send them to writer@openbooktoronto.com or post them directly to her blog.

October Book Giveaway: Open Book and Playwrights Canada Press are giving away a copy of If We Were Birds. Click here for details.

NORTHWORDS AT THE PLANET IN FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
Open Book is thrilled to be a co-presenter of the fascinating and visually stunning documentary Northwords at the 13th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. The screening of Northwords is on Thursday, October 11 at 7:15p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1. Directed by Geoff Morrisson and narrated by Shelagh Rogers, the film follows Rogers and a group of acclaimed authors to Labrador's spectacular Torngat Mountains National Park. Watch the trailer here.

BECKY TOYNE ON PUBLISHERS AND PUPPETS
"In case when I say 'sock puppetry' you are picturing an actual, anthropomorphized sock on the end of your actual, animating arm, let me catch you up: sock puppetry refers to the practice of using a fake online persona to review one’s own work — favourably, of course." Read Becky Toyne's latest column, "Of Publishers and Puppets."

ROB MCLENNAN INTERVIEWS HOA NGUYEN
"I write poems one at a time and tend not to approach the page with an idea, concept or project in mind. I write in engagement with and informed by other poets." Hoa Nguyen speaks to rob mcleannan about her poetry. Read the interview here.

SPECIAL FEATURE WITH BRICK BOOKS AUTHORS
In this moving interview, Brick Book authors Jessica Moore and Kate Cayley discuss loss, art, life and Jessica's new book Everything, now, which will be launched on October 11, 2012 in Toronto. Click here for event details.

CALLING STUDENT WRITERS: WRITE ACROSS ONTARIO CONTEST PART DEUX
Open Book is proud to partner with Planet IndigenUs, Authors at Harbourfront Centre and Lit On Tour for Round Two of Write Across Ontario. This time, Grade 7 and 8 students in Ontario are asked to write a story of 250-500 words that begins with a tantalizing story starter by Aboriginal and Canadian author Brian Wright-Mcleod. Two winners will be selected from each grade. These fine young writers will be awarded $500 each and publication in Open Book Magazine. For details and the story starter, click here.

EVENTS
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