Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Profile on Aaron Tucker, with a few questions

by rob mclennan

Toronto poet Aaron Tucker’s first full collection of poetry, Punchlines (Mansfield Press, 2015), explores “the poetic tensions in the everyday languages of computer-user collaboration.” A selection of the book appeared as the chapbook punchlines 1.0 (2013) through above/ground press, a chapbook Ottawa poet and blogger michael dennis described as containing “short, crisp and highly entertaining poems.” Around the same time, Tucker wrote a short essay around the project for The Puritan, in which he explained:

Shortlist for The 2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards Announced

The 2015 shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards was announced yesterday. The shortlist is divided into two categories, one for Children's Picture Books and one for Young Adult/Middle Reader, and one winner will be selected from each list by student jurors from Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School.

Five students in Grades Three and Four will select the winner of the Children's Picture Book Award, and five students in Grades Seven and Eight will choose the Young Adult/Middle Reader award recipient. Each winning author will take home a $6,000 prize.

The awards will be announced at the school on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Poetry Month Special: Talking About Poetry with Anansi Poets A. F. Moritz, Erin Mouré and Karen Solie

A. F. Moritz, Erin Mouré and Karen Solie are three of Canada's most decorated and venerated poets writing today. Poetry fans are getting a particular treat this year, as all three authors have new (and hotly anticipated) books out this spring: Moritz's Sequence, Mouré's Kapusta and Solie's The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, all published by House of Anansi Press.

Special Feature! An Interview with Jennifer Gillies on gritLIT, Hamilton's Readers & Writers Festival

Tomorrow evening gritLIT, Hamilton's Readers & Writers Festival, will kick off four days of literary events in the Hammer. Local writers and authors from across Canada will gather together with readers for readings, discussions, workshops and other bookish fun. For event details and a full schedule, please visit the gritLIT website.

Open Book and the OBPO welcome new Executive Director, Holly Kent

The Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OPBO) and the Open Book Foundation are pleased to announce the hire of Holly Kent in the position of Executive Director. The position combines two previously existing positions and the ED will guide both organizations’ objectives and operations.

Profile on Rhonda Douglas, with a few questions

by rob mclennan

Special Feature! Claire Grady-Smith on Freelance Publicity for Authors - The Why & The How

As the way books are published, consumed and marketed changes, so do the roles that authors, publicists and publishers play in the process of getting great books into the hands of readers. How are these roles changing, and what can authors do to ensure their books have a fighting chance in a crowded marketplace?

March 2015 Top Tens

The March 2015 Top Ten Lists are in! Visit Open Book's Magazine page to see which Canadian books were the top sellers last month at five of Ontario's finest bookstores: Bakka Phoenix, Ben McNally Books, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Type Books (the Queen Street store) and Words Worth Books.

The 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist is Announced

Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, has announced the International and Canadian shortlist for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

The seven finalists, four International and three Canadian, were chosen from 560 books of poetry read by this year's judges, Tim Bowling (Canada), Fanny Howe (USA) and Piotr Sommer (Poland). On Wednesday June 3, the finalists will be invited to read in Toronto at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

Profile on The Sawdust Reading Series, with a few questions

By rob mclennan

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