Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


July 2014 Top Tens

The July 2014 Top Ten lists are in! Visit Open Book's Magazine page to see which Canadian books were the top sellers last month at four of Ontario's finest bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, Bryan Prince Bookseller and Type Books (the Queen Street store).

Patti-Kay Hamilton of Northwest Territories Wins CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize!

The jury for the 2014 the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize had a difficult job; they had to select a single winner from over 1,800 submissions received from across Canada.

In the end it was a story that had travelled from far away that won over jurors Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane. The Grand Prize was awarded to "The Hunter and the Swan" by Fort Smith, Northwest Territories resident Patti-Kay Hamilton.

Keep the Presses Rolling at Chaudiere Books

Chaudiere Books, founded in 2006 with the mandate to produce books that engage the Ottawa-area literary community with the outside world, is seeking support as they rebuild after being relaunched by rob mclennan and new co-publisher Christine McNair. Chaudiere Books is one of the few small presses in Ontario that focus primarily on poetry, and have frequently published first-time authors as well as showcasing existing literary talent.

On Writing, with Magie Dominic

Magie Dominic is a Newfoundland writer and artist living in New York. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications and her art has been exhibited in Toronto and New York. Magie's first memoir, The Queen of Peace Room, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award and the Judy Grahn Award. Her latest memoir Street Angel (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) will be published on July 24.

Canada Writes Announces the Finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

The English-language finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize were announced yesterday by Canada Writes and its partners, the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre. The five finalists were selected by this year's jury, Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane, out of more than 1800 submitted stories.

The finalists are:

  • Jennifer Clark of Calgary, Alberta for February
  • Brandee Eubank of New Brigden, Alberta for Some Distant World
  • Sarah Habben of St. Albert, Alberta for Where I Am From
  • Profile on Jason Christie

    by rob mclennan

    On Writing, with Sam McKegney

    Sam McKegney is an author and associate professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. His most recent book, published earlier this year, is Masculindians:
    Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
    (University of Manitoba Press), a collection of interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood.

    On Writing, with Jordan St. John

    Alan McLeod and Jordan St. John just might have your dream gig, if you are a beer lover. They are the authors of The Ontario Beer Book: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to the Hudson Bay (Dundurn), where their research took them to Ontario's breweries, from the smallest craft brewery to multinational conglomerates.

    Today we speak to Jordan, who tells Open Book about beer's important role in Ontario's history, the relationship between beer and local identity and the importance of making something.

    Open Book:

    Tell us about your book, The Ontario Beer Book.

    (Further) notes on the archive

    by rob mclennan

    On starting a new poetry journal: Touch the Donkey

    by rob mclennan

    Earlier this year, I was watching my daily array of late night talk shows, and witnessed an improv between Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen on Late Night with Seth Meyers that described a new (fictional) game, “Touch the Donkey.” I immediately thought to myself: that would be a great name for a magazine.

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