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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!

Recently on Open Book: Ontario

IFOA Podcast: Michael Crummey on Storytelling

The powerhouse contingent of east coast writers in Canada shows no signs of slowing down. One of our most successful eastern scribes, Michael Crummey, recently landed on Governor General's Literary Award shortlist, for his new novel, Sweetland.

At the 2013 iteration of IFOA, Crummey was joined by Wayne Johnston and Peter Robinson for a discussion about the importance of setting in their stories. Now you can check out this fascinating discussion at the IFOA website. In the recording, Crummey observes that “Storytelling in Newfoundland was how people entertained themselves and … how they kept history alive.”

A profile of The Rotary Dial (with a few questions)

by rob mclennan

The Rotary Dial, co-founded and co-edited by poets Alexandra Oliver and Pino Coluccio is a monthly poetry journal published to Kindle format. According to their website, the journal is:

  ideally a mix of Canadian and international poets, both new and established, all writing   in form.

Five Explorer Questions With Marianne Apostolides

Marianne Apostolides' writing is something to behold. Nuanced, beautifully layered, it leads a reader to anticipate one thing, only to surprise them with another. Her book Voluptuous Pleasure (BookThug), was met with critical acclaim and rightly so. In it, Apostolides wrestles with the very nature of language - how it carries an inherent deception.

Naomi Klein Wins $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction!

Last night at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Naomi Klein was named the 2014 winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, for her newest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Doubleday Canada).

Editor Nita Pronovost & Author Brian Francis on the Top Mistakes Writers Make

All writers, regardless of their experience, can take a wrong turn from time to time. The rules of writing were made to be broken, but there are some things that you want to watch out for in any piece of prose. You'll be amazed how much tweaking some common mistakes will improve your writing. If you're a writer, whether emerging or established, you won't want to miss these tips and tricks of the trade.

In advance of Improving Your Writing, presented by IFOA, a one-day workshop at Harbourfront Centre on Saturday, October 25, instructors Nita Pronovost (senior editor at Penguin Random House) and Brian Francis (author of Natural Order and Fruit) are breaking down the top mistakes writers make.

Special Interview with An Accord of Poets

Five poets, five cities, one Honda Accord. Starting tomorrow, October 11, 2014, An Accord of Poets will head out on their tour across Ontario and Quebec, performing their poems

The Shortlist for the 2014 Governor General's Awards Announced

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the finalists for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Awards. The awards celebrate Canadian works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (with categories for text and illustration) and translation.

The winner in each category will receive a $25,000 prize, with each finalist taking home $1,000. The awards presentation will take place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 26. New this year, the Canada Council invites you to explore their interactive Governor General's Literary Awards website.

The 2014 Governor General's English-language finalists:

Fiction:

A profile of Stuart Ross’ Proper Tales Press (with a few questions)

by rob mclennan

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