25th Trillium Award


Brick Books Coast to Coast: An Interview with Arleen Paré

This spring, Brick Book poets Karen Enns, Joanna Lilley, Jane Munro and Arleen Paré are embarking on a cross-Canada poetry tour, reading from their new collections to audiences coast to coast. The poets will make three stops in Ontario.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Paul Wells

Tonight dozens of Canada's most widely-acclaimed authors will join Members of Parliament, cabinet ministers, diplomats and philanthropists at Ottawa's legendary Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel for Politics & The Pen. The annual gala raises funds for the Writers' Trust of Canada, a literary charity which supports writers across the country through a variety of programmes and initiatives.

The main event of the evening will be the announcement of the 14th annual Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, which rewards the year's finest book addressing a political subject of interest to Canadian readers. The winner of the prize will receive $25,000.

League of Canadian Poets Announces 2014 Prize Shortlists & Spoken Word Winner!

This morning at Ben McNally Books in Toronto, the League of Canadian Poets announced the shortlists for the Raymond Souster Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award.

Raymond Souster Award Shortlist 2014

  • seldom seen road by Jenna Butler (NeWest Press)
  • Alongside by Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects by Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Special Interview: Joanna Poblocka on National Poetry Month

    Throughout the month of April, Open Book will be celebrating all things poetic for National Poetry Month!

    We're thrilled to kick things off with a discussion with Joanna Poblocka, Executive Director of the League of Canadian Poets.

    Joanna tells us about the history of National Poetry Month, new initiatives at the League of Canadian Poets — including a brand new spoken word award — and the poem that she'll always remember.

    Open Book:

    Tell us a little bit about the history and conception of National Poetry Month. How did it come to be and how did the League become involved?

    Profile: Danielle K.L. Grégoire

    On Sunday, March 30, 2014, poet, performer and organizer Danielle K.L. Grégoire and Ottawa poet, editor, publisher and provocateur Amanda Earl will each be acknowledged at the fourth annual VERSeFest poetry festival as part of the second annual Verse Ottawa Hall of Honour.

    The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Donald J. Savoie

    In Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? How Government Decides and Why (McGill-Queen's University Press), Donald J. Savoie explores exactly how decisions are made in Ottawa. Thirty years ago, a move towards private sector-style management and operations changed the way the capital was run. Donald argues that policy making in Canada has become a matter of opinion, shaped by focus groups and lobbyists who frame information to suit their organizations' interests.

    The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Graeme Smith

    Graeme Smith has become a familiar name at Open Book: Toronto and throughout Canada after the young author scooped an astounding hat trick of prestigious non-fiction prize nominations, which included winning the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize in 2013 in addition to his places on the RBC Taylor Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction shortlists.

    The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Charles Montgomery

    As our views on the environment and resource allocation change, the idea of sprawling suburbs and the car as king are waning. For the first time in decades, people are moving back to urban centres. The question is not what is a better way to live, but rather, how can we be happy and healthy as inevitable densification continues. Charles Montgomery tackles this question and much more in his book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design (Doubleday Canada).

    Special Interview: CBC Canada Writes Jurors Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter on What Makes a Great Short Story

    The 2014 incarnation of the CBC Canada Writes short story competition received over 3,000 submissions — more than seven million hopeful words from emerging and established writers across the country.

    After a team of readers narrowed the initial volume down, the final decision was up to three acclaimed writers — Helen Humphreys, Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter. Judging the career-boosting contest (which is the biggest of its kind in Canada) is a huge responsibility and the CBC certainly found the right people for the job.

    Call for Submissions: Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest

    From our friends at the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival:

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