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Contest! Wolsak & Wynn wants to know the best and worst names for Characters!

Susan Perly, author of Death Valley is running a unique contest through the blog of her publisher, Wolsak and Wynn.

After explaining the process she went through naming her characters in Death Valley, Susan asks readers to share their picks for the best (or worst) character name they've come across.

You can enter via the comment section on Susan's blog post, and if you win, you'll receive a signed copy of Death Valley.

Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Jay Pitter

Toronto's reputation as a diverse city is backed up by the numbers: the percentage of foreign-born residents in the GTA is in fact higher than any other metropolitan area. It's a fact that Toronto as a city is proud of, but less often discussed is the fact that socio-economic inequalities are growing in Toronto. The essays in Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity (Coach House Books) address issues of inequality, isolation, and neighbourhood separations. With some of the city's brainiest social thinkers (including Doug Saunders, Shawn Micallef, and Fatima Syed), Subdivided is essential Toronto reading.

Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Chase Joynt

YOLO is old news. For truly interesting stories, consider YOLT — which is both the title of and driving philosophy behind You Only Live Twice (Coach House Books), by trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom.

Special Feature! Friends of Toronto's Type Books Look Back on 10 Years of Indie Bookselling

It's no stretch to say that Queen West just wouldn't be Queen West without Type Books. In the indie bookstore's ten year lifespan, it has become as iconic and essential a part of Toronto's west end as Trinity Bellwoods, the park that faces the beloved little shop. There isn't a book lover in Toronto who won't rave about Type, from its perfectly curated shelves to its brilliant staff. A true community destination for readings, children's programs, and most importantly, remarkable reads, Type is the rare store that has become more than a store and evolved to be a part of Torontonians' lives.

Call for Submissions! The OBPO's What's Your Story Writing Competition

Everyone has a story — what's yours? You've got the perfect chance to tell it in the OBPO's Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging Writers.

The Ontario Book Publishers Organization is accepting submissions until May 9, 2016 for the competition as part of What’s Your Story?, a new series of events that celebrates the literary communities in four different community hubs: Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, and East York.

In the summer of 2016, literary events will be held in each of these neighbourhoods featuring one winning emerging author and their works (along with three established writers). There will be a total of four winning, emerging authors.

Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Waubgeshig Rice

Author and journalist Waubgeshig Rice has been telling stories since he was a teenager. Some of those stories ended up in his short fiction collection Midnight Sweatlodge, and in 2014, his first novel, Legacy (Theytus Books), was published. Legacy is the story of a young Indigenous woman facing violence while navigating life with her Anishnawbe family. Waub recently announced that the novel will be translated into French by Les Éditions David in 2017. Waub also puts his storytelling abilities to work as a reporter and producer with CBC News Ottawa.

Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Director Jael Richardson

Many readers are eager to experience a diversity of voices in their books, magazines, and newspapers. And yet that diversity is often lacking, with systemic, sometimes invisible barriers existing at multiple levels of the writing and publishing process. In order to celebrate and bring attention to diverse voices in Canadian literature, author and professor Jael Richardson founded FOLD: The Festival of Literary Diversity in Brampton, Ontario.

John Ibbitson wins Shaughnessy Cohen Political Writing Prize for Stephen Harper Biography

Last night in Ottawa, the Writers’ Trust Presented John Ibbitson with the 16th annual $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his biography of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The prize honours the finest book of politically-relevant non-fiction published in the previous year.

Announced at the annual black tie Politics and the Pen fundraising gala at Ottawa’s Fairmont Château Laurier, Ibbitson's book was selected by jurors Tim Cook, a military historian, Robyn Doolittle, an author and Globe and Mail journalist, and Antonia Maioni, a McGill University professor and political commentator.

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