25th Trillium Award


The Kingston WritersFest Interveiw Series, with Ian Hamilton

The Kingston WritersFest is almost here! Events are selling out, so now is the time to get your tickets. All week long, Open Book will be sharing interviews with festival authors, who will tell us a bit about writing, reading and the one luxury they allow themselves while on tour with a book.

2014 Finalists Announced for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

The Writers' Trust of Canada and Hon. Hilary M. Weston announced the five finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction today at the Loblaws store at Maple Leaf Gardens. The Hilary Weston Prize is the richest annual literary award for a Canadian work of nonfiction, with each finalist receiving $5,000 and the winner receiving $60,000.

The 2014 Giller Prize Longlist Has Been Announced

The longlist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced today in Montreal. This year's jury, made up of Canadian author Shauna Singh Balwdwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright and American writer Francine Prose, read 161 eligible books submitted by 63 publishers before selecting the twelve longlisted titles.

On top of the exciting longlist announcement, Giller Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch revealed that the prize money has doubled this year to $140,000, with $100,000 being awarded to the winning author and $10,000 going to each finalist.

The finalists will be revealed on Monday, October 6 in Toronto.

Ottawa Lit: fall 2014 preview

by rob mclennan

As we gear into fall, I thought it good to get a quick overview of what is happening in and around Ottawa literature and its literary community this fall, so sent questions off to a variety of local writers to hear what events and books they’re looking forward to, what they think has been overlooked, and just what writers they think are worth paying attention to. Chris Johnson, outgoing editor for In/Words and incoming coordinating editor at Arc Poetry Magazine, offers his take:

IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario Present Write Across Ontario, A Writing Competition for Elementary and High School Students

IFOA’s touring programme, IFOA Ontario, and Open Book: Ontario are proud to announce the return of Write Across Ontario, a creative writing competition for middle grade and high school students across the province. Students in grades 5 to 12 will write a story using the story-starter provided for their age group by one of four acclaimed Canadian authors. This year, Martha Baillie will provide the story-starter for grades 5–6, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer will write one for grades 7– 8, John McFetridge will cover grades 9–10 and Elyse Friedman will create the story-starter for grades 11–12.

Canadian Children's Book Centre Announces the Finalists for their 2014 Awards

The Canadian Children's Book Centre has announced the 2014 finalists for its seven major book awards. The awards celebrates books for young Canadians in a variety of genres, with $130,000 in prize money being awarded to the authors and illustrators. The winners will be announced at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards and Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, two invitation-only gala events in Toronto on November 6 and Montreal on October 28.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award:

  • Ken Setterington for Branded by the Pink Triangle (Second Story Press)
  • 2014 PoeARTry North: Making History in Cobalt

    By David Brydges

    Spring Pulse Poetry Festival has partnered since 2008 with the Temiskaming Palette and Brush Club, under the co-ordination of past President Tyna Silver, to exhibit paintings with poetry. We also created a competition for the best painting/poem. No other poetry festival in Canada and the world is giving artists a chance to share and showcase their poetic gifts.

    At The Desk: Pearl Pirie

    Pearl Pirie is the author of been shed bore, and her manuscript Thirsts won the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in 2011. Her newest books include vertigoheel for the dilly and Quebec Passages, and she has a collection, pet radish, forthcoming from BookThug in 2015.

    Special Interview with Amy Mathers of Amy's Marathon of Books

    Amy Mathers is the woman behind the inspiring project, Amy’s Marathon of Books, an initiative she started to help raise money for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, with the intention of establishing an annual award honouring Canadian Teen Fiction. Inspired by Terry Fox, who ran 1 kilometre every six minutes during his Marathon of Hope, Amy decided she would work around her physical limitations and read one book a day, every day, for the entire 2014 year.

    Support the Al Purdy A-Frame Association

    The Al Purdy A-Frame Association is hosting a fundraiser in Ameliasburgh on August, 30 to help cover costs associated with maintaing the former cottage of legendary Canadian poet Al Purdy, as well as help to fund the continued operation of the Writer-in-Residence program. On July 1, 2014 poet Katherine Leyton became the A-Frame's first Writer-in-Residence, with six more writers scheduled to take up residence at the cottage through 2015.

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