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Ontario Literary Landmarks

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!

Recently on Open Book: Ontario

Special Interview with Amy Mathers of Amy's Marathon of Books

Amy Mathers is the woman behind the inspiring project, Amy’s Marathon of Books, an initiative she started to help raise money for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, with the intention of establishing an annual award honouring Canadian Teen Fiction. Inspired by Terry Fox, who ran 1 kilometre every six minutes during his Marathon of Hope, Amy decided she would work around her physical limitations and read one book a day, every day, for the entire 2014 year.

Support the Al Purdy A-Frame Association

The Al Purdy A-Frame Association is hosting a fundraiser in Ameliasburgh on August, 30 to help cover costs associated with maintaing the former cottage of legendary Canadian poet Al Purdy, as well as help to fund the continued operation of the Writer-in-Residence program. On July 1, 2014 poet Katherine Leyton became the A-Frame's first Writer-in-Residence, with six more writers scheduled to take up residence at the cottage through 2015.

Tickets for Kingston WritersFest On Sale Today

Tickets for the 2014 Kingston WritersFest go on sale today, August 7, at noon. From September 24-28, 2014, the Kingston WritersFest will play host to 57 unique events featuring some of your favourite Canadian and International authors, including Wally Lamb, Miriam Toews, Eleanor Catton, George Elliott Clarke, Wayson Choy and many more.

July 2014 Top Tens

The July 2014 Top Ten lists are in! Visit Open Book's Magazine page to see which Canadian books were the top sellers last month at four of Ontario's finest bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, Bryan Prince Bookseller and Type Books (the Queen Street store).

Patti-Kay Hamilton of Northwest Territories Wins CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize!

The jury for the 2014 the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize had a difficult job; they had to select a single winner from over 1,800 submissions received from across Canada.

In the end it was a story that had travelled from far away that won over jurors Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane. The Grand Prize was awarded to "The Hunter and the Swan" by Fort Smith, Northwest Territories resident Patti-Kay Hamilton.

Keep the Presses Rolling at Chaudiere Books

Chaudiere Books, founded in 2006 with the mandate to produce books that engage the Ottawa-area literary community with the outside world, is seeking support as they rebuild after being relaunched by rob mclennan and new co-publisher Christine McNair. Chaudiere Books is one of the few small presses in Ontario that focus primarily on poetry, and have frequently published first-time authors as well as showcasing existing literary talent.

On Writing, with Magie Dominic

Magie Dominic is a Newfoundland writer and artist living in New York. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications and her art has been exhibited in Toronto and New York. Magie's first memoir, The Queen of Peace Room, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award and the Judy Grahn Award. Her latest memoir Street Angel (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) will be published on July 24.

Canada Writes Announces the Finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

The English-language finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize were announced yesterday by Canada Writes and its partners, the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre. The five finalists were selected by this year's jury, Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane, out of more than 1800 submitted stories.

The finalists are:

  • Jennifer Clark of Calgary, Alberta for February
  • Brandee Eubank of New Brigden, Alberta for Some Distant World
  • Sarah Habben of St. Albert, Alberta for Where I Am From
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