Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Plum Johnson Captures the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction

A memoir of caring for loving but difficult parents has captured the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction. Plum Johnson's They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada) has been called "a slim, unassuming memoir that hits you deep in the gut, leaving you bruised and thoughtful long after its last page" (Angela Hickman, National Post).

Wattpad Launches After Dark, A Free App for Steamy Stories

Despite the continued freezing cold temperatures, Wattpad is heating things up with a new and free app called After Dark, offering a curated and steamy reading experience for mature romance fans.

After Dark offers readers thousands of romance stories written by best-selling authors and popular Wattpad writers. Readers can also browse content-specific channels such as LGBTQ, Urban and Fanfiction to better discover the stories they are after. Just like on Wattpad, readers can comment and vote on After Dark stories.

TIFF's Books on Film series returns with Kazuo Ishiguro, Irvine Welsh & More

Book lovers and film buffs are a match made in heaven, and thanks to TIFF's Books on Film series, you can indulge your love of page and picture at the same time.

The series celebrates and screens acclaimed films that started their narrative lives as books. Before each screening, audiences are treated to in-person discussions with filmmakers and writers about subjects such as adaptation, writing processes, finding inspiration in books, and much more.

Special Feature! Bernice Eisenstein on Contributing to Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

When Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991) buried 6,000 negatives of his photos of the Lodz ghetto in 1944, he feared they would be the only record of the Polish Jewish people who were being systemically murdered in the ghetto during WWII. And indeed, only 10,000 of the more than 200,000 Jews who passed through the Lodz ghetto would survive the War.

Ross was an official Lodz ghetto photographer from 1940 to 1944, taking identification card photos for the ghetto's constantly swelling Jewish and Romani population, as the Nazi regime packed more and more people into the area.

Job Posting: Open Book and the OBPO are hiring!

Are you a book lover who wants to help support the vibrant Ontario book publishing community? Check out the job posting below!

Executive Director:

Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO), Open Book Foundation

Special Feature! Talking Non-Fiction with the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize Nominees

The 2015 shortlist for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction shows the power of narrative non-fiction. With four out of five nominated titles being memoirs, it's a unique and powerful list that puts paid to the notion that storytelling is limited to the realm of the novel.

The nominees are:

  • Plum Johnson for They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada)
  • Special Feature! Dennis Lee Talks About His New Children's Book, Canadian Publishing & More

    Many fervent fans of Dennis Lee's iconic children's books — in particular his Alligator Pie, a book dog-earred with love in millions of Canadian households — are now old enough to have children of their own to read to. It's been 41 years since Alligator Pie was first published, and more than ten years since the publication of Lee's most recent children's book, the acclaimed Bubblegum Delicious. So it's no stretch to say fans have been waiting, keenly and patiently, for the next offering from Canada's king of children's verse.

    The Writers' Trust is Vying for $25,000 to support Canadian Authors - You Can Help!

    The RBC Emerging Artists Project supports artists of all types across Canada through a variety of charitable partnerships, including the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The award, which has been given out since 1994 by the Writers' Trust of Canada, has proved to be an accurate and exciting preview of writers who will go on to become household names in both prose and poetry. Past winners include Jeramy Dodds, Alison Pick and Alissa York.

    This year, RBC has allocated an additional $25,000 of support for one lucky organisation. The list has been narrowed to six charities, with the Writers' Trust representing the literary realm.

    A profile of Abby Paige (with a few questions)

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