Submitted by Open Book on February 26, 2015 - 11:35am
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.
Submitted by kate on February 25, 2015 - 12:12pm
Submitted by Open Book on February 25, 2015 - 11:07am
Are you a book lover who wants to help support the vibrant Ontario book publishing community? Check out the job posting below!
Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO), Open Book Foundation
Submitted by Open Book on February 25, 2015 - 10:50am
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)
Submitted by Open Book on February 18, 2015 - 1:18pm
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.
Submitted by Open Book on February 17, 2015 - 11:44am
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.
Submitted by kate on February 12, 2015 - 10:49am
Submitted by Open Book on February 4, 2015 - 2:20pm
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:
WHY IT WAS CHALLENGED
Submitted by Open Book on January 29, 2015 - 3:33pm
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.
Submitted by Open Book on January 27, 2015 - 11:43am
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.