25th Trillium Award


Special Interview: Joanna Poblocka on National Poetry Month

Throughout the month of April, Open Book will be celebrating all things poetic for National Poetry Month!

We're thrilled to kick things off with a discussion with Joanna Poblocka, Executive Director of the League of Canadian Poets.

Joanna tells us about the history of National Poetry Month, new initiatives at the League of Canadian Poets — including a brand new spoken word award — and the poem that she'll always remember.

Open Book:

Tell us a little bit about the history and conception of National Poetry Month. How did it come to be and how did the League become involved?

Profile: Danielle K.L. Grégoire

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, poet, performer and organizer Danielle K.L. Grégoire and Ottawa poet, editor, publisher and provocateur Amanda Earl will each be acknowledged at the fourth annual VERSeFest poetry festival as part of the second annual Verse Ottawa Hall of Honour.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Donald J. Savoie

In Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? How Government Decides and Why (McGill-Queen's University Press), Donald J. Savoie explores exactly how decisions are made in Ottawa. Thirty years ago, a move towards private sector-style management and operations changed the way the capital was run. Donald argues that policy making in Canada has become a matter of opinion, shaped by focus groups and lobbyists who frame information to suit their organizations' interests.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith has become a familiar name at Open Book: Toronto and throughout Canada after the young author scooped an astounding hat trick of prestigious non-fiction prize nominations, which included winning the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize in 2013 in addition to his places on the RBC Taylor Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction shortlists.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Charles Montgomery

As our views on the environment and resource allocation change, the idea of sprawling suburbs and the car as king are waning. For the first time in decades, people are moving back to urban centres. The question is not what is a better way to live, but rather, how can we be happy and healthy as inevitable densification continues. Charles Montgomery tackles this question and much more in his book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design (Doubleday Canada).

Special Interview: CBC Canada Writes Jurors Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter on What Makes a Great Short Story

The 2014 incarnation of the CBC Canada Writes short story competition received over 3,000 submissions — more than seven million hopeful words from emerging and established writers across the country.

After a team of readers narrowed the initial volume down, the final decision was up to three acclaimed writers — Helen Humphreys, Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter. Judging the career-boosting contest (which is the biggest of its kind in Canada) is a huge responsibility and the CBC certainly found the right people for the job.

Call for Submissions: Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest

From our friends at the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival:

Special Feature: Interview with CBC Canada Writes Winner Jane Eaton Hamilton

Jane Eaton Hamilton's "Smiley" rose above more than 3,000 other short stories to capture the 2014 CBC Canada Writes crown. In one small package, Jane tackles family and food, gender identity and longing, and coming of age.

We had the chance to speak with Jane about her big win, which is in fact her second — she was previously awarded the CBC Canada Writes prize (then known as the CBC Short Story prize) in 2003. Her work has also appeared in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories as well as in publications throughout North America.

Jane tells us about how "Smiley" came to be, which of her characters is like a Peanuts cartoon and how a great short story is like an iceberg.

Open Book:

CBC Canada Writes Awards Grand Prize to West Coast Writer for South African Story!

Jane Eaton Hamilton of Vancouver, BC has scooped the CBC Canada Writes prize for her South Africa-set story, "Smiley", which takes its title from the traditional South African sheep's head dish.

Jane has reason to celebrate, not only for her big win this year, but because this is her second time around — she won Canada Writes previously in 2003, and has also twice been awarded the PRISM International Fiction Prize. Her story was selected from over 3,200 received from across the country.

Get Lit! Literature and Conversation for a Good Cause

At the sixth annual Get Lit event, a unique line-up of acclaimed authors will share and discuss a piece of writing that has inspired them towards their own success.

The event was founded by Romina Tina Fontana, who took inspiration from Al Purdy's famously comic, intense reading performances. This year's readers will be Damian Abraham, Robyn Doolittle, Perdita Felicien, Jeremy Laing, CBC's Amanda Lang and Frank Viva.

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