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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 Feature! Joseph Boyden on Place and Landscape in His Writing - an AGO Lecture Preview

The name Joseph Boyden has become synonymous with Canadian literature — a curious turn of events given that Boyden writes about Canadian characters and landscapes while teaching for much of the year in New Orleans. Though Boyden returns to Canada, and particularly his beloved Northern Ontario, frequently, living part of his life south of the border seems to have bestowed a beneficial clarity.

Read an Excerpt from Brenda Leifso's Barren the Fury

Brenda Leifso's Barren the Fury (Pedlar Press) finds power in what is traditionally forbidden — embracing anger. The women in these poems turn expected narratives on their head, transform stories of salvation into stories of destruction. They mirror the female experience with the neglect and abuse suffered by our natural environment. These unflinching, lyrical pieces deftly and slyly question our expectations around what is "natural", while weaving a story of mother and daughter, questioning and exploring.

We're thrilled to offer a special excerpt of Barren the Fury today on Open Book, courtesy of Pedlar Press. Get a taste of Brenda's powerful poems below.

Behind the Books, with Dundurn Press President Kirk Howard

We love to talk to writers about their processes and inspirations, but it's easy to forget once you're curled up reading that it takes a village to create a great book, from design and publicity to sales reps and production managers.

Special Feature! Artist Tacita Dean on Her Correspondence with JG Ballard

It's no surprise that writers tend to make excellent correspondents. Most of us however are not lucky enough to be on the receiving end of our favourite authors' letters. For acclaimed UK artist Tacita Dean, however, thats exactly what happened when she wrote to iconic British author J. G. Ballard to request permission to make one of his short stories, "The Voices of Time", into a film.

Contest! Win Tickets to a New Film Adaptation of Madame Bovary!

Are you a fan of classic literature? Then you'll be happy to hear that Flaubert's much-adapted and widely influential realist novel Madame Bovary is coming to the big screen again, with a spectacular cast, including Mia Wasikowska as the ill-fated and complicated Madame, as well as Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Ezra Miller, Laura Carmichael, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Logan Marshall Green.

Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Pictures, we're excited to give away passes for the film at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox, opening on July 3, 2015. Each winner will receive a pass for two people, redeemable for one-time entry to a screening during the film's engagement at the Lightbox.

Contest! Win Tickets to a Special Screening of new Sherlock Film, Mr. Holmes!

Are you a Sherlock fan? Whether it's Basil Rathbone or Benedict Cumberbatch depicting the famed detective on screen, or curling up with one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original books, the man from 221B Baker Street has delighted fans for over a hundred years.

The newest instalment in the Sherlock canon is Mr. Holmes, a film starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney that takes the unique twist of having an elderly Holmes attempting to set the record straight following the widespread popularity of his partner Dr. Watson's written accounts of their adventures. He lives in isolation with only a housekeeper and her young son for company, and finds himself ruminating on the details of the case that forced him into retirement.

Kate Cayley & Brecken Hancock Capture 2015 Trillium Book Awards!

Kate Cayley had already found significant acclaim as a poet and YA author before she turned her hand to short fiction, publishing her first collection of short stories, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press) in the fall of 2014. Proving that she's every bit as talented in prose as she is in verse, it was announced on Wednesday evening that Cayley is the winner of the 2015 Trillium Book Award.

She beat out an impressive list of finalists, including previous winners Margaret Atwood and Thomas King.

Profile on Ben Ladouceur, with a few questions

By rob mclennan

In her review of Ben Ladouceur’s first trade collection of poems, Otter (Coach House Books, 2015), online at Plenitude Magazine, Shannon Webb-Campbell writes that “Toronto-based poet Ben Ladouceur embodies queer history with profound poetic intention. Sexy, witty, and sensual, Otter is a richly imagined collection of poetry. Ladoucer writes with grace and precision.” She continues:

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