Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


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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)

    by rob mclennan

    Freedom to Read Week: A Snapshot of a Challenged Book - The Wars

    Every year, Freedom to Read Week reminds us about the essential and divisive value of intellectual freedom. It encourages conversation around the concept of banning books due to content deemed objectionable, particularly in the context of school syllabi and school and city libraries.

    To celebrate FTRW, Open Book takes a look at one frequently-challenged Canadian classic, why it has been banned in the past and why we should continue to read it today.

    Freedom to Read Week: The Wars by Timothy Findley:


    Special Feature! Books Lovers Ball Guest Authors Dish on Favourite Reads, Going Black Tie & More!

    You can't swing a streetcar in Toronto without coming across someone sporting a Toronto Public Library t-shirt or totebag. With its importance to families, children, students, new comers, job seekers and, of course, book lovers, Toronto's library system (one of the busiest in the world) is amongst our most beloved public entities, despite its constantly embattled status at City Hall.

    Writers' Trust Announces Finalists for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

    The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced the five finalists for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The prize, now in its fifteenth year, is awarded annually to a book of literary non-fiction that eloquently captures a significant subject in Canadian politics with the potential to shape or influence thinking on Canadian political life. This year's finalists were selected by a jury comprising of author Denise Chong, author and Ottawa Citizen columnist Terry Glavin and The Globe and Mail Atlantic bureau chief Jane Taber.

    CBC Announces Canada Reads Line Up with New Host Wab Kinew

    This year's CBC Canada Reads theme is "One book to break barriers", so it makes sense that the show's new host is activist and broadcaster Wab Kinew (who also happened to champion last year's winning book, The Orenda by Joseph Boyden).

    This morning, Candy Palmater, guest host of CBC's Q, announced the celebrity panellists and their chosen books for the 2015 edition of the popular literary battle.

    CBC Canada Reads 2015 panellists and books:

  • Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, defending Ru by Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman)
  • New Poll! What is Your Favourite Format in which to Read a Book?

    Maybe your tiny hands can't support the weight of a hardcover, or maybe you love reading by the subtle light of an e-reader so as not to alert the enemy to your nighttime location. Whatever the case, all book lovers know that the method in which you read a book can add to your reading enjoyment.

    So tell us your favourite! Are you a paperback promoter? A e-reader evangelist? Do you only read unbound manuscripts? Tell us how it is by answering our newest poll, and if you've got more to say, share with us on Twitter at @openbooktoronto.

    And most importantly, happy reading!

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