Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Mark Raynes Roberts' Illumination Project Shines a Light on Canadian Authors & Literature

Renowned artist Mark Raynes Roberts is set to illuminate Canadian authors in three venue exhibitions this October: the Gardiner Museum, International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Reference Library.

At the Gardiner Museum, Raynes Roberts will present 12 new engraved crystal pieces. ILLUMINATION: Portraits of Canadian Literature communicates narrative passages based upon the theme of light, taken from 12 literary works by Canadian authors and selected by the Writers' Trust Advisory Board.

Attention Young Writers! IFOA & Open Book Present the Write Across Ontario Contest

Do you know a talented young writer attending elementary or high school in Ontario? If so, don't let them miss out on this year's Write Across Ontario contest!

Presented by IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario, the 5th annual Write Across Ontario contest is a creative writing competition for students in grades 5-12. Story starters are provided for each age category, and students are then free to let their imaginations take them in any direction.

This year's story starters are provided by an amazing line up of acclaimed authors:

  • Kate Cayley for grades 5–6
  • Farzana Doctor for grades 7–8
  • Matt Lennox for grades 9–10
  • James Grainger for grades 11–12
  • Free Canadian App Shelfie Allows Readers to Get Digital Editions of Their Hardcopy Books

    There's little a book lover adores more than the smell of a book, but sometimes the conveniences of modern life are irresistible, which is why many of us complement our paperbacks and hardcovers with Kobos and other e-readers.

    Special Feature: Michel Chikwanine discusses Graphic Novel Memoir Child Soldier

    Michel Chikwanine is creating positives from some of the darkest, most negative experiences imaginable. Abducted to serve as a child soldier at just five years old, Michel survived unthinkable conditions before miraculously making his way back to his family.

    In order to tell his remarkable story, Michel has partnered with illustrator Claudia Dávila and writer Jessica Dee Humphreys to create the graphic novel Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War (KidsCan Press).

    Special Feature! Stuart Ross on Judging the Aspiring Canadian Writers contest

    The Aspiring Canadian Writers Contest launched during National Poetry Month in April of 2012 with their inaugural and recurring poetry contest celebrating emerging and unpublished writers. Now in its fourth year, the award is given annually to three developing writers, one winner and two runners-up, whose works has yet to be published. The winning poems are published on the contest website and the winners' names are announced each year in an issue of Quill & Quire.

    Read an Excerpt from Monica Heisey's I Can't Believe It's Not Better

    Monica Heisey already had us giggling at our desks with her Dirty Dozen interview (she shares our feelings on puns!), but now we're thrilled to present a sample of her painfully witty I Can't Believe It's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping with Life (Red Deer Press).

    Check out Monica's deadly serious advice on how to make your apartment look so perfect it makes Gwyneth look like a mess.


    Excerpted from Monica Heisey's I Can't Believe It's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping with Life

    Special Feature! Joseph Boyden on Place and Landscape in His Writing - an AGO Lecture Preview

    The name Joseph Boyden has become synonymous with Canadian literature — a curious turn of events given that Boyden writes about Canadian characters and landscapes while teaching for much of the year in New Orleans. Though Boyden returns to Canada, and particularly his beloved Northern Ontario, frequently, living part of his life south of the border seems to have bestowed a beneficial clarity.

    Read an Excerpt from Brenda Leifso's Barren the Fury

    Brenda Leifso's Barren the Fury (Pedlar Press) finds power in what is traditionally forbidden — embracing anger. The women in these poems turn expected narratives on their head, transform stories of salvation into stories of destruction. They mirror the female experience with the neglect and abuse suffered by our natural environment. These unflinching, lyrical pieces deftly and slyly question our expectations around what is "natural", while weaving a story of mother and daughter, questioning and exploring.

    We're thrilled to offer a special excerpt of Barren the Fury today on Open Book, courtesy of Pedlar Press. Get a taste of Brenda's powerful poems below.

    Behind the Books, with Dundurn Press President Kirk Howard

    We love to talk to writers about their processes and inspirations, but it's easy to forget once you're curled up reading that it takes a village to create a great book, from design and publicity to sales reps and production managers.

    Special Feature! Artist Tacita Dean on Her Correspondence with JG Ballard

    It's no surprise that writers tend to make excellent correspondents. Most of us however are not lucky enough to be on the receiving end of our favourite authors' letters. For acclaimed UK artist Tacita Dean, however, thats exactly what happened when she wrote to iconic British author J. G. Ballard to request permission to make one of his short stories, "The Voices of Time", into a film.

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