Submitted by Open Book on March 7, 2016 - 5:15pm
It was one of the toughest literary prizes in recent years to predict, with a shortlist that boasted some of the most impressive names in Canadian non-fiction. The 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction jury, made up of Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes and Stephen J. Toope, managed a difficult task, selecting from five excellent contenders to award the prize to Rosemary Sullivan for Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (Harpercollins Canada).
Submitted by Open Book on March 7, 2016 - 12:19pm
In announcing the 2016 The Kobzar Literary Award, jury members Karen Connelly, Tamas Dobozy and Shandi Mitchell said they were “inspired by the many literary works, histories, life stories, and documentaries that were entered for the prize and grateful for the insights they offered into a cultural and historical tradition that were not necessarily our own.”
Submitted by Open Book on March 3, 2016 - 11:24am
Anne Golden is a writer, filmmaker, teacher and independent curator. Her upcoming book, From the Archives of Vidéo Populaire (Pedlar Press), is a fictional oral history that showcases the experiences of the four founders of a video production centre. The book is a continuation of, and companion to, a video of the same name Anne made as part of her Master's degree.
Today, Open Book is pleased to host a conversation between Anne and Pedlar Press director Beth Follett, who speaks to Anne about the journey from film to book, looking for images that come from another time and hoping to never fully understand a certain character.
Submitted by Open Book on March 2, 2016 - 5:19pm
With one of the most exciting non-fiction shortlists in recent years, the 2016 list of finalists for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction is an embarrassment of riches in the realm of Canadian non-fiction. Memoirs, history and biography all feature, representing some of the most acclaimed writers in the entire country.
Submitted by Open Book on March 2, 2016 - 10:52am
Are you a book lover who wants to help support the vibrant Ontario book publishing community? Check out the job posting below!
The Open Book Foundation is seeking a part-time (approximately 15 hours per week) Assistant Editor for the websites Open Book Toronto and Open Book Ontario.
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Submitted by Open Book on February 26, 2016 - 2:39pm
The Ukrainian community in Canada, estimated to include more than 1 million people, has contributed to all facets of Canadian society, and The Kobzar Literary Award exists to celebrates narratives that address Ukrainian-Canadian themes. Canada is home to the third largest Ukrainian community in the world after Russia and Ukraine itself, and this celebration is a relevant and positive way of shining a light on a vibrant Canadian community.
The $25,000 award has been presented biennially by the Shevchenko Foundation since 2003. This year, the award will be presented at a gala dinner in Toronto on March 2. All five of the nominated authors will attend the event.
Submitted by Open Book on February 25, 2016 - 11:26am
A partnership between The Arts and Letters Club Foundation and the Alice Munro Short Story Festival has created a new prize for emerging writers in the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation, an organization established in 2014 to support youth in the arts, is sponsoring a $500 award for writers aged 20–30 from Toronto and the surrounding municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York.
Submitted by Open Book on February 24, 2016 - 4:17pm
Readers have long enjoyed the fantastic works of numerous talented Jewish Canadian authors, a tradition that includes icons like Mordecai Richler, Matt Cohen, Helen Weinzweig and many more. In order to honour that legacy and reward excellence in contemporary Jewish Literature, the Koffler Centre of the Arts has just announced the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.
Submitted by Open Book on February 23, 2016 - 3:56pm
Every year in Canada, books and magazines are challenged, restricted and turned away at the border. Without a vigorous, ongoing defence, both here and around the world, censorship will continue to erode our intellectual freedom. So we are celebrating one of our favourite literary events of the year, Freedom to Read Week, and speaking out against censorship. This year, we've asked some of our favourite authors and book lovers to talk about books that have been challenged and which they have loved, and to explain why these titles, and other challenged books, are essential to our literary and intellectual landscape.
Submitted by kate on February 11, 2016 - 12:32pm