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Open Book Recommends: Black History Month Reading Guide

This February marks the 20th Anniversary of celebrating Black History Month in Canada. Throughout the month, Canadians will be honouring the legacy and contributions of black Canadians at events across the country, and here at Open Book we are offering avid CanLit fans a reading list featuring books written by some our our country's talented black writers.

The Black History Month Reading Guide features some excellent books from indie publishers, all written by black authors across many genres. From non-fiction, to poetry, to picture books and novels, there is something on this list for every reader's taste.

CBC Canada Reads announces the shortlisted books & the five panelists

The contenders for the 2016 edition of Canada Reads have been revealed and CanLit lovers are in for an exciting week of literary debates.

Popular 2015 host Wab Kinew will once again step into the role of mediator in the often impassioned discussions, and new this year, Azita Ardakani, founder of the social media company Lovesocial, will read the books alongside Canadians and lead the online discussions.

2016 RBC Taylor Prize Announces Powerhouse Shortlist

This morning in Toronto, the 2016 shortlist for one of the country's top non-fiction prizes was announced. It's the best kind of shortlist — one where predicting a winner from the crop of extraordinary books is virtually impossible.

RBC Taylor Prize jurors Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes and Stephen J. Toope selected five titles as finalists for the fifteenth iteration of the prize, honoured for their literary excellence.

2016 RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist:

  • Ian Brown for Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? (Random House Canada)
  • Special Feature! Josh Massey on His Literary Places

    Josh Massey is the author of The Plotline Bomber of Innisfree (BookThug), which tells the story of Jeffery Inkster, a former hipster who has turned to elk farming in order to find peace. Things become complicated when members of Jeffery's small, eccentric community become suspects in a pipeline bombing. A Calvino-esque tale with a thriller edge, The Plotline Bomber of Innisfree weaves together satire, metafiction and suspense to create an unforgettable story that slyly engages with current conversations around environmental politics, fatigue with commercial enterprise and our relationship with nature.

    Open Book Recommends: 2015 Holiday Reading Guide Part Two

    Yesterday we shared the first part of our 2015 Holiday Reading Guide, and today we offer up part two of our recommendations for some of the year's best books to give and receive this holiday season.

    Despite the hectic nature of the festive season, we can't help but suggest finding some time to curl up with a good book, and a cup of something hot (and boozy, if that's your thing) this holiday season!

    CBC Canada Reads announces longlisted books & the return of host Wab Kinew

    The 15th edition of CBC's popular tournament of books, Canada Reads, is shaping up to be an exciting one. Popular 2015 host, broadcaster, author and activist Wab Kinew will return to referee the sometimes hot-blooded debates.

    The theme of the 2016 competition will be "starting over", and the longlist honours that theme with books featuring stories of second chances, new starts, immigrations, loss and a dazzling variety of changes and evolutions for their diverse characters. Some titles are familiar favourites, while others will be new to most listeners.

    Open Book Recommends: 2015 Holiday Reading Guide Part One

    Despite the seasonally warm temperatures, the festive season is indeed upon us, and that means it's time for merrymaking and gift giving. For lit lovers, there is no better gift to give (or receive) than a new book!

    Open Book is here to help you cross some names off your list, and perhaps pick up a book or two for yourself to enjoy with that glass of eggnog. Our two-part Holiday Reading Guide has something for every reader and features some of the year's best books from our local indie presses.

    Read an Excerpt from Jean Marc Ah-Sen's Grand Menteur

    Need a good read? We're excited to present an exclusive excerpt from Jean Marc Ah-Sen's Grand Menteur, courtesy of BookThug, right here for your reading pleasure.

    Dip into the world of Mauritian street gangs, a world of danger and intrigue in which the titular Grand Menteur operates. Tasked with constructing alibis and confusing the police, the Menteur is an accomplished liar, but his perfect control is challenged when his daughter is drawn into his criminal world.

    This debut novel is not to be missed, so don't miss the chance to sample it below.

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