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Weekly Round Up: Open Book Toronto

 
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While everyone's eyes were on the U.S., a couple of things happened in Toronto, too, this week! Another round of the Open Book Toronto Weekly Round Up.

The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction is the country's newest and biggest non-fiction prize. Now in its second year, the prize has emerged as a tastemaker for readers and a career highlight for its winners and nominees.We launch this year's iteration of our Weston Words series with finalist Taras Grescoe, author of Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile (HarperCollins Canada). Read the interview here.

A call for submissions was made by the 7th Annual Women's Work Festival. Co-produced by RCA Theatre, She Said Yes! and White Rooster Theatre, the festival is seeking works-in-progress submissions by women playwrights of any experience level for the 2013 festival (May 9-12). The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., December 15, 2012. For more information, visit here.

The Ontario Arts Council is currently accepting applications for the position of Literature Arts Officer. The Literature Arts Officer acts as the link between the arts communities and the OAC. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 23, 2012. For more information, visit here.

Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (HarperCollins Canada), tells Open Book about screening calls, multiple versions of the truth and the non-fiction book that changed his life in his edition of Westen Words. Read his interview here.

Modris Eksteins, author of Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age (Knopf Canada), talks to Open Book about the merging of genres and the non-fiction title that blew him away and provides a sneak peak on the subject matter of his next project. Read his interview here.

JJ Lee, author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit (McClelland & Stewart), talks to Open Book about getting good news au naturel, celebrating with a guitar and a newfound love of re-reading in his edition of Westen Words. Read it here

Breyten Breytenbach (South Africa), Suzanne Buffam (Canada) and Mark Doty (US) were announced as the judges for the 2013 the Griffin Poetry Prize. Read more about it here

On Wednesday, the winners of the Writers' Trust Award was announced. To see who won, read the article here.

The deadline for PRISM international's non-fiction Contest is fast-approaching!
The non-fiction deadline is November 28, 2012. A $1500 grand prize is awarded for the best original, unpublished work of literary non-fiction. The winner also receives publication in the Non-fiction Contest Issue. A runner-up prize of $300 and a second runner-up prize of $200 are also conferred. Our non-fiction judge this year is Andreas Schroeder. For more details, visit here.

In an interview with Matt Laporte, author of Billboards from Hell (Ferno House), Deanna Janovski discusses with Matt his influences, the language of advertisements and chapbook design. Read the interview here.

Candance Savage A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape (Douglas & McIntyre), talks to Open Book about going first-person, taking risks by telling the truth and her very first book of (beloved) non-fiction in her edition of Westen Words. Read the interview here.

Dance lovers take note! Dundurn Press is giving away four fantastic ballet-themed prizes and you can enter to win. For details, visit here.

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