Submitted by harry on October 23, 2014 - 2:33pm
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 - 1:32pm
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 - 10:54am
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 - 12:10pm
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.
Submitted by Open Book on October 15, 2014 - 11:02am
Last night at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Naomi Klein was named the 2014 winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, for her newest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Doubleday Canada).
Submitted by Open Book on October 13, 2014 - 10:24am
All writers, regardless of their experience, can take a wrong turn from time to time. The rules of writing were made to be broken, but there are some things that you want to watch out for in any piece of prose. You'll be amazed how much tweaking some common mistakes will improve your writing. If you're a writer, whether emerging or established, you won't want to miss these tips and tricks of the trade.
In advance of Improving Your Writing, presented by IFOA, a one-day workshop at Harbourfront Centre on Saturday, October 25, instructors Nita Pronovost (senior editor at Penguin Random House) and Brian Francis (author of Natural Order and Fruit) are breaking down the top mistakes writers make.
Submitted by kate on October 10, 2014 - 9:55am
Five poets, five cities, one Honda Accord. Starting tomorrow, October 11, 2014, An Accord of Poets will head out on their tour across Ontario and Quebec, performing their poems
Submitted by Open Book on October 7, 2014 - 11:57am
The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the finalists for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Awards. The awards celebrate Canadian works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (with categories for text and illustration) and translation.
The winner in each category will receive a $25,000 prize, with each finalist taking home $1,000. The awards presentation will take place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 26. New this year, the Canada Council invites you to explore their interactive Governor General's Literary Awards website.
The 2014 Governor General's English-language finalists:
Submitted by kate on September 30, 2014 - 9:51am
Submitted by kate on September 26, 2014 - 10:14am
The Kingston WritersFest is finally here! Kicking off Wednesday night and continuing through Sunday evening, WritersFest will be bringing authors and book lovers together in Kingston. All week long, Open Book has been sharing interviews with festival authors, who have told us a bit about writing, reading and the one luxury they allow themselves while on tour with a book.