Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Special Feature! Bernice Eisenstein on Contributing to Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

When Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991) buried 6,000 negatives of his photos of the Lodz ghetto in 1944, he feared they would be the only record of the Polish Jewish people who were being systemically murdered in the ghetto during WWII. And indeed, only 10,000 of the more than 200,000 Jews who passed through the Lodz ghetto would survive the War.

Ross was an official Lodz ghetto photographer from 1940 to 1944, taking identification card photos for the ghetto's constantly swelling Jewish and Romani population, as the Nazi regime packed more and more people into the area.

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Special Feature! Talking Non-Fiction with the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize Nominees

The 2015 shortlist for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction shows the power of narrative non-fiction. With four out of five nominated titles being memoirs, it's a unique and powerful list that puts paid to the notion that storytelling is limited to the realm of the novel.

The nominees are:

  • Plum Johnson for They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada)
  • Special Feature! Dennis Lee Talks About His New Children's Book, Canadian Publishing & More

    Many fervent fans of Dennis Lee's iconic children's books — in particular his Alligator Pie, a book dog-earred with love in millions of Canadian households — are now old enough to have children of their own to read to. It's been 41 years since Alligator Pie was first published, and more than ten years since the publication of Lee's most recent children's book, the acclaimed Bubblegum Delicious. So it's no stretch to say fans have been waiting, keenly and patiently, for the next offering from Canada's king of children's verse.

    The Writers' Trust is Vying for $25,000 to support Canadian Authors - You Can Help!

    The RBC Emerging Artists Project supports artists of all types across Canada through a variety of charitable partnerships, including the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The award, which has been given out since 1994 by the Writers' Trust of Canada, has proved to be an accurate and exciting preview of writers who will go on to become household names in both prose and poetry. Past winners include Jeramy Dodds, Alison Pick and Alissa York.

    This year, RBC has allocated an additional $25,000 of support for one lucky organisation. The list has been narrowed to six charities, with the Writers' Trust representing the literary realm.

    A profile of Abby Paige (with a few questions)

    by rob mclennan

    Freedom to Read Week: A Snapshot of a Challenged Book - The Wars

    Every year, Freedom to Read Week reminds us about the essential and divisive value of intellectual freedom. It encourages conversation around the concept of banning books due to content deemed objectionable, particularly in the context of school syllabi and school and city libraries.

    To celebrate FTRW, Open Book takes a look at one frequently-challenged Canadian classic, why it has been banned in the past and why we should continue to read it today.

    Freedom to Read Week: The Wars by Timothy Findley:


    Special Feature! Books Lovers Ball Guest Authors Dish on Favourite Reads, Going Black Tie & More!

    You can't swing a streetcar in Toronto without coming across someone sporting a Toronto Public Library t-shirt or totebag. With its importance to families, children, students, new comers, job seekers and, of course, book lovers, Toronto's library system (one of the busiest in the world) is amongst our most beloved public entities, despite its constantly embattled status at City Hall.

    Writers' Trust Announces Finalists for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

    The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced the five finalists for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The prize, now in its fifteenth year, is awarded annually to a book of literary non-fiction that eloquently captures a significant subject in Canadian politics with the potential to shape or influence thinking on Canadian political life. This year's finalists were selected by a jury comprising of author Denise Chong, author and Ottawa Citizen columnist Terry Glavin and The Globe and Mail Atlantic bureau chief Jane Taber.

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