Submitted by Open Book on October 31, 2014 - 1:43pm
It's Hallowe'en and Open Boo(k) wants to scare you silly with the spookiest literary spots in Ontario, courtesy of Mark Leslie, the author of Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries (Dundurn Press). Mark's paranormal volumes will delight readers who love a little scare with their story. In addition to Tomes of Terror, he's also the author of Spooky Sudbury and Haunted Hamilton, so he's the ideal guide to take us a bookish tour of haunted Ontario today as part of our mapping of literary Ontario in our Five Things Literary series.
Read on to hear from Mark about the book buyer who got a free ghost with purchase, haunted cigar smoke and much more.
Submitted by Open Book on October 31, 2014 - 10:49am
The air is crisp, the days are cool and there are pumpkins everywhere! It's Halloween, the perfect day to share our Chilly Fall Reading Guide with you. We've put together a list of books that are creepy, freaky and full of spine-tingling thrills. There's something to entertain all readers on Halloween night, or any chilly fall night when something spooky is in order.
Submitted by kate on October 30, 2014 - 1:20pm
Submitted by kate on October 30, 2014 - 11:58am
The 35th Annual IFOA Festival is now underway! In 2006, IFOA introduced its travelling programme, IFOA Ontario, which brings IFOA literary events to numerous cities throughout Ontario, presented by a consortium of organizations across the province known collectively as Lit on Tour.
Submitted by Open Book on October 29, 2014 - 9:09am
Open Book: Ontario and the Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO) are pleased to announce the launch of the Open Book Explorer, an interactive online feature that makes connections for readers between history books and historical landmarks. Search the Explorer by book, region, city or landmark and discover mapped tours, author interviews, supplemental reading lists and feature articles.
Submitted by harry on October 23, 2014 - 1:33pm
Terry Murray has a grotesque fascination with Toronto, and here at Open Book Explorer we think that makes for good sightseeing.
Submitted by Open Book on October 20, 2014 - 12:32pm
The powerhouse contingent of east coast writers in Canada shows no signs of slowing down. One of our most successful eastern scribes, Michael Crummey, recently landed on Governor General's Literary Award shortlist, for his new novel, Sweetland.
At the 2013 iteration of IFOA, Crummey was joined by Wayne Johnston and Peter Robinson for a discussion about the importance of setting in their stories. Now you can check out this fascinating discussion at the IFOA website. In the recording, Crummey observes that “Storytelling in Newfoundland was how people entertained themselves and … how they kept history alive.”
Submitted by kate on October 17, 2014 - 9:54am
by rob mclennan
The Rotary Dial, co-founded and co-edited by poets Alexandra Oliver and P. C. is a monthly poetry journal published to Kindle format. According to their website, the journal is:
ideally a mix of Canadian and international poets, both new and established, all writing in form.
Submitted by harry on October 16, 2014 - 11:10am
Marianne Apostolides' writing is something to behold. Nuanced, beautifully layered, it leads a reader to anticipate one thing, and then surprises them with another. Her book Voluptuous Pleasure (BookThug), was met with critical acclaim and rightly so. In it, Apostolides wrestles with the very nature of language - how it carries an inherent deception.