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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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Special Feature! Pedlar Press interviews Stan Dragland about Newfoundland Culture & Arts

Newfoundland occupies a unique space in the Canadian and literary imagination. The province consistently turns out more than its fair share of talented and award-winning writers (including the likes of Lisa Moore, Michael and Kathleen Winter, and Michael Crummey), and its tough climate combines with its welcoming culture to create a place that is like no other.

Mark Raynes Roberts' Illumination Project Shines a Light on Canadian Authors & Literature

Renowned artist Mark Raynes Roberts is set to illuminate Canadian authors in three venue exhibitions this October: the Gardiner Museum, International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Reference Library.

At the Gardiner Museum, Raynes Roberts will present 12 new engraved crystal pieces. ILLUMINATION: Portraits of Canadian Literature communicates narrative passages based upon the theme of light, taken from 12 literary works by Canadian authors and selected by the Writers' Trust Advisory Board.

Attention Young Writers! IFOA & Open Book Present the Write Across Ontario Contest

Do you know a talented young writer attending elementary or high school in Ontario? If so, don't let them miss out on this year's Write Across Ontario contest!

Presented by IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario, the 5th annual Write Across Ontario contest is a creative writing competition for students in grades 5-12. Story starters are provided for each age category, and students are then free to let their imaginations take them in any direction.

This year's story starters are provided by an amazing line up of acclaimed authors:

  • Kate Cayley for grades 5–6
  • Farzana Doctor for grades 7–8
  • Matt Lennox for grades 9–10
  • James Grainger for grades 11–12
  • Free Canadian App Shelfie Allows Readers to Get Digital Editions of Their Hardcopy Books

    There's little a book lover adores more than the smell of a book, but sometimes the conveniences of modern life are irresistible, which is why many of us complement our paperbacks and hardcovers with Kobos and other e-readers.

    Special Feature: Michel Chikwanine discusses Graphic Novel Memoir Child Soldier

    Michel Chikwanine is creating positives from some of the darkest, most negative experiences imaginable. Abducted to serve as a child soldier at just five years old, Michel survived unthinkable conditions before miraculously making his way back to his family.

    In order to tell his remarkable story, Michel has partnered with illustrator Claudia Dávila and writer Jessica Dee Humphreys to create the graphic novel Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War (KidsCan Press).

    Special Feature! Stuart Ross on Judging the Aspiring Canadian Writers contest

    The Aspiring Canadian Writers Contest launched during National Poetry Month in April of 2012 with their inaugural and recurring poetry contest celebrating emerging and unpublished writers. Now in its fourth year, the award is given annually to three developing writers, one winner and two runners-up, whose works has yet to be published. The winning poems are published on the contest website and the winners' names are announced each year in an issue of Quill & Quire.

    Read an Excerpt from Monica Heisey's I Can't Believe It's Not Better

    Monica Heisey already had us giggling at our desks with her Dirty Dozen interview (she shares our feelings on puns!), but now we're thrilled to present a sample of her painfully witty I Can't Believe It's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping with Life (Red Deer Press).

    Check out Monica's deadly serious advice on how to make your apartment look so perfect it makes Gwyneth look like a mess.


    Excerpted from Monica Heisey's I Can't Believe It's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping with Life

    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.

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