Submitted by Open Book on November 26, 2015 - 2:27pm
Together with IFOA Ontario, we are pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Write Across Ontario competition.
Elementary and high school students from across the province used story prompts from acclaimed Canadian writers to tell creative, exciting stories, and we've selected the best of the best.
Submitted by Open Book on November 26, 2015 - 10:39am
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation, the Writers' Trust of Canada has committed $150,000 over three years to a new fellowship celebrating the finest in Canadian writing. The inaugural fellow was announced last night at a gala event in Toronto. Michael Crummey is a highly decorated Newfoundland-based author, whose books have been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in addition to winning the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing and the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award.
Submitted by Open Book on November 20, 2015 - 1:42pm
The holidays have come early for non-fiction lovers, political junkies and policy wonks, with the release of the 2015 Speaker's Book Award shortlist. Presented by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Dave Levac, the Speaker’s Book Award aims to bring awareness to books written by Ontarians covering historical, regional, cultural, or parliamentary aspects of the province.
The award, now in its fourth year, gives special consideration to works focusing on Ontario’s parliamentary heritage and on provincial political discourse.
Submitted by kate on November 19, 2015 - 11:45am
Submitted by Open Book on November 10, 2015 - 11:34pm
After unveiling a longlist that heavily featured small press and short story titles (two categories that have been traditionally unlucky on the book prize circuit), the Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its 2015 winner at a gala dinner in Toronto tonight: Fifteen Dogs (Coach House Books) by André Alexis. Hosted by Rick Mercer, the award ceremony was broadcast on CBC Television.
It's an exciting win, as Alexis already scooped up the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize just last week, making Fifteen Dogs the undisputed book of the year.
Submitted by Open Book on November 10, 2015 - 12:00pm
Deepa Mehta is one of Canada's most acclaimed filmmakers, and several of her award-winning movies have been adaptations of beloved books. This fall she is being honoured as part of TIFF's Cinematheque program, with a retrospective of her work, called Heaven on Earth. The final film, screening on November 15, 2015 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, is Midnight's Children, adapted from Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel.
Submitted by Open Book on November 9, 2015 - 12:26pm
Are you scratching your head figuring out what to get the book lover in your life for a holiday gift?
Writer and editor Michael Hingston and designer Natalie Olsen have got you covered with the newly created Short Story Advent Calendar. The first of its kind, the calendar is a collection of 24 stories to be opened one by one on the mornings leading up to Christmas 2015.
There are two dozen stories, which total more than 500 pages of fiction, from some of North America's best loved storytellers. The stories are a mixture of new and older work, with most having never appeared in book form.
Submitted by Open Book on November 5, 2015 - 12:27pm
As our platforms for consuming stories continue to expand and evolve, writers — and readers — are finding amazing new ways to craft and experience great storytelling. One of the fastest growing and most exciting areas in innovative writing is the world of video games, which has come far beyond zombie-killing missions and desperate searches for princesses. Gamers now have access to narratively rich games that blur the line between player experience and interactive fiction.
Submitted by Open Book on November 4, 2015 - 2:19pm
A special post from our friends at the Centre for Creative Learning
Ian Burgham had this idea.
What if he put together a group of Canadian poets, hooked them up with Poet Laureate of Manchester (and captivating performance poet) Mike Garry, and took the show on the road in the UK? Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Submitted by Open Book on November 4, 2015 - 1:47pm
Last night in the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC headquarters, book lovers, publishers and writers from all genres gathered for the announcement of the Writers' Trust of Canada's 2015 slate of prizes. The event was hosted by author and journalist Elizabeth Renzetti.
Four body of work awards were presented, with the $20,000 Matt Cohen Award going to popular Kamloops-based author Richard Wagamese, best known for his fan favourite Indian Horse, which was featured in CBC's Canada Reads competition. The Matt Cohen award is presented to an outstanding author whose life has been dedicated exclusively to writing and literature.