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Ontario: Read it Here
A Guide to the Province’s Literary Landmarks
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Welcome to Open Book: Ontario, your connection to Ontario's literary scene! Fresh & Local: our fresh daily content includes news, profiles, interviews, features and event listings from across the province. We also invite you to explore Ontario's Literary Landmarks and our seasonal online Magazine. Ontario is a vibrant publishing and culture hub, and Open Book is committed to showcasing the people, places, writing and happenings of our literary scene. Enjoy!

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Money Talks

With Deryn Collier, Paula Daly, Gloria Ferris, Cecil Foster, Adrianne Harun, Harry Karlinsky, Kate Pullinger, Ray Robertson and Allan Stratton.

This month in Fiction Craft, we ask writers: What role does money play in your fiction?

Like sex, money is one of those odd things that everyone thinks quite a lot about yet no one talks very much about. In the world of books and publishing, talking about money is positively frowned upon, as though the art of creating fiction should somehow exist in a privileged, hot-house environment sequestered from the stuff of daily concerns. This, of course, is utter nonsense. But I’ve often found that -- to the detriment of the art -- this bizarre perspective filters its way into the writing itself, where characters have no more need or desire for money than they do other of life’s more base essentials. (When, for example, was the last time a character in a novel had a good wank or took a crap?)

Special Interview: Shyam Selvadurai on Bonham Centre Award & LGBT Writing in Canada

On April 24, the Mark S. Bonham Centre will be holding the 2014 Bonham Centre “Power of the Word” Awards Gala, honouring writers who have made distinguished contributions to the public understanding of sexual diversity in Canada.

This year, they will honour three distinguished writers in the genre of sexual diversity including Edmund White, Patricia Nell-Warren and Shyam Selvadurai. In addition, the IBM Youth Award will be given to Waawaate Fobister.

Established in 2008, The Bonham Centre Awards recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education.

Poets in Profile, with Nelson Ball

Nelson Ball is a poet, former publisher (Weed Flower Press) and bookseller at Nelson Ball, Bookseller in Paris, Ontario. Nelson is the author of over 20 poetry books and chapbooks, his latest collection of poems is titled In This Thin Rain (Mansfield Press). In the fall of 2014 Mansfield Press will publish Ball’s new book of poetry Some Mornings.

Crime Writers of Canada Announces the Arthur Ellis Longlist for Best Novel

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the Longlist for Best Novel in the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing.

The 2014 Best Novel Longlist is as follows:

John Brooke, Walls of a Mind (Signature Editions)
Gina Buonaguro & Janice Kirk, The Wolves of St. Peter's (HarperCollins Canada)
Sean Haldane, The Devil's Making (Stone Flower Press)

Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival’s 2014 Short Story Competition Accepting Submissions

The Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival is now accepting submissions for their 2014 short stories competition. The annual competition is designed to provide an opportunity for unpublished and emerging Canadian short story writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded associates.

Poets in Profile, with Orville Lloyd Douglas

Orville Lloyd Douglas is a poet, essayist and social justice activist. His latest book, Under My Skin, is a collection of poems that ask a lot of questions about the lives of young, gay, black men in Canada and the daily challenges they face in dealing with multiple oppressions in relation to race and gender. Professor and author Sheila L. Cavanagh calls Douglas' poetry "visceral and emotionally compelling."

A Profile of Nina Berkhout

By rob mclennan

Oulipost, The Found Poetry Review's Project for National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month, The Found Poetry Review is running a project during the month of April called Oulipost.

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