25th Trillium Award


On Writing, with Melanie Dugan

Melanie Dugan is a Kingston-based writer and author of four novels, including this spring's Bee Summers, a coming of age story about a young girl whose mother simply walks out of the house one day, never to return.

Today, Open Book speaks with Melanie about loss, migratory beekeeping and the literary community where she lives.

Open Book:

Tell us about your new book, Bee Summers.

Call for Submissions: 20 Somethings Going Nowhere

From our friends at Going Nowhere:

Going Nowhere is a Toronto-based writing collective seeking work for our inaugural publication. Send us your short story on the topic "20 Somethings Going Nowhere" for publication in an anthology. We are interested in theme-driven pieces from both emerging and established writers. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014. There are no age or location restrictions.

Please send submissions to [email protected]

Include your name and the title of your story in the subject field.

For further inquiries or details, visit our website goingnowhere.ca or send us an email at [email protected]

At the Desk: Cheryl Cooper

In Second Summer of War (Dundurn), Cheryl Cooper takes readers back to 1813 to follow the fate of Princess Emeline "Emily" Louisa. A sequel to Cheryl's Come Looking for Me, Second Summer of War will delight fans of historical fiction. From dangerous ocean passage and battles at sea to Emily's determination not to be married off for family gain, Cheryl mines the turmoil and tension of the period for page-turning storytelling.

rob mclennan on John Newlove at 76

By rob mclennan

On June 13, 2014, Saskatchewan poet John Newlove would have been seventy-six years old. He died the morning of December 23, 2003, two years after an initial stroke that he expected not to live through. Soon after the stroke, he told me that he knew something was coming, but he’d expected it would have taken him out. He even seemed surprised.

Call for Submissions: The Humber Literary Review Seeks Submissions for Issue Two

From our friends at The Humber Literary Review:

Announcing Issue 2 of The Humber Literary Review, a literary and arts magazine established by the English Department of Humber College.

The HLR editorial collective boasts a diverse range of writers, academics, critics, visual artists, and linguists, united by a mission to publish the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both prominent and emerging voices. Our ambition is to find and share work that is provocative, inspiring, entertaining, and exciting—writing that impels you to read more (and, we hope, contribute).

Winners for the 2014 Trillium Book Award Announced

The winners of the 2014 Trillium Book Award were announced last night at a dinner hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). Four Ontario authors were honoured with the prestigious literary award in both English and French-language categories for fiction and poetry.

Trillium Book Award English-language and French-language winners each receive $20,000. Publishers of the winning books each receive $2,500 towards their promotional costs. The winners of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English-language and French-language each receive $10,000 and their publishers receive $2,000. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.

2014 Canadian Authors Association Lit Awards Shortlist Announced

The Canadian Authors Association have announced the 2014 shortlist for the CAA Literary Awards. Beginning in 1975, these awards honour excellence in Canadian writing in four categories: Fiction, Canadian History, Poetry and Emerging Writing. Open Book is thrilled that our own Senior Editor, Grace O'Connell, is among the twelve finalists.


Big Ideas

This month, for the final installment of Fiction Craft, we asked a group of writers: How do you know if there is a novel in a story idea?

With Mark Blagrave, Katie Crouch, Ann Eriksson, Darren Greer, Cristina Henriquez, Linda Holeman, David Homel and Andrew Kaufman.

2014 Speaker's Book Award Now Accepting Submissions

The annual Speaker's Book Award, established in 2012 by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is now accepting entries from authors and publishers across the province until September 19, 2014. The award recognizes works by Ontario authors covering historical, regional, cultural or parliamentary aspects of the province in both official languages. Special consideration is given to works focusing on Ontario’s parliamentary heritage and on provincial political discourse.

Literary mothers: rob mclennan on Elizabeth Smart

Literary genealogy can be such a tricky thing. What does it mean to attempt to trace anything as nebulous as literary parentage or forebears? Sometimes it’s a matter of discovering a particular writer’s work that presents a permission to do our own work in a particular way, or even the simple permission to be able to begin to produce our own work at all. Other times, it is far more specific, and far more personal: a mentor, perhaps. This is far easier for some.

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