Submitted by Open Book on July 8, 2015 - 11:42am
It's no surprise that writers tend to make excellent correspondents. Most of us however are not lucky enough to be on the receiving end of our favourite authors' letters. For acclaimed UK artist Tacita Dean, however, thats exactly what happened when she wrote to iconic British author J. G. Ballard to request permission to make one of his short stories, "The Voices of Time", into a film.
Submitted by Open Book on July 2, 2015 - 1:59pm
Are you a fan of classic literature? Then you'll be happy to hear that Flaubert's much-adapted and widely influential realist novel Madame Bovary is coming to the big screen again, with a spectacular cast, including Mia Wasikowska as the ill-fated and complicated Madame, as well as Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Ezra Miller, Laura Carmichael, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Logan Marshall Green.
Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Pictures, we're excited to give away passes for the film at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox, opening on July 3, 2015. Each winner will receive a pass for two people, redeemable for one-time entry to a screening during the film's engagement at the Lightbox.
Submitted by Open Book on June 18, 2015 - 1:09pm
Are you a Sherlock fan? Whether it's Basil Rathbone or Benedict Cumberbatch depicting the famed detective on screen, or curling up with one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original books, the man from 221B Baker Street has delighted fans for over a hundred years.
The newest instalment in the Sherlock canon is Mr. Holmes, a film starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney that takes the unique twist of having an elderly Holmes attempting to set the record straight following the widespread popularity of his partner Dr. Watson's written accounts of their adventures. He lives in isolation with only a housekeeper and her young son for company, and finds himself ruminating on the details of the case that forced him into retirement.
Submitted by Open Book on June 18, 2015 - 8:57am
Kate Cayley had already found significant acclaim as a poet and YA author before she turned her hand to short fiction, publishing her first collection of short stories, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press) in the fall of 2014. Proving that she's every bit as talented in prose as she is in verse, it was announced on Wednesday evening that Cayley is the winner of the 2015 Trillium Book Award.
She beat out an impressive list of finalists, including previous winners Margaret Atwood and Thomas King.
Submitted by kate on June 17, 2015 - 10:47am
By rob mclennan
In her review of Ben Ladouceur’s first trade collection of poems, Otter (Coach House Books, 2015), online at Plenitude Magazine, Shannon Webb-Campbell writes that “Toronto-based poet Ben Ladouceur embodies queer history with profound poetic intention. Sexy, witty, and sensual, Otter is a richly imagined collection of poetry. Ladoucer writes with grace and precision.” She continues:
Submitted by Open Book on June 15, 2015 - 10:48am
Book Summit is a conference that brings together creative minds from all aspects of writing and publishing. With a 2015 theme of The Story at the Centre, Book Summit is hosting conversations about innovative possibilities around books for those who create, sell and market them. From partnering with game companies, filmmakers, musicians and app designers to reaching readers in new and direct ways, the Book Summit line up features speakers who are focused more on story and experience and less on format.
Submitted by Open Book on June 10, 2015 - 10:07am
Toronto's own Type Books, the beloved Queen West neighbourhood bookstore, has been named the 2014 Retailer of the Year by Magazines Canada.
Submitted by Open Book on June 8, 2015 - 10:04am
The Trillium Book Awards, which honour the best books written by Ontario authors each year, always have a tough task set for their judges. The wealth of writing talent in Ontario is staggering, and every year the shortlists boast a selection amongst which any judge would have a hard time choosing. We live in the province of Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Miriam Toews, Michael Ondaatje, Dionne Brand and many more — and every year, innovative, emerging authors join the ranks. It's hard news for Trillium judges but great news for readers.
Submitted by Open Book on June 5, 2015 - 10:09am
Jane Munro began writing when she was just five years old — her mother saved a poem she wrote at that age about her bicycle, in which the young Munro exclaimed that riding made her feel like she was "Queen of the town".
Submitted by Open Book on June 3, 2015 - 8:44am
On May 30, 2015, The League of Canadian Poets announced the winners of their Raymond Souster, Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial and Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret awards.
The prizes were presented at a conference in Winnipeg. Jointly presented by the LCP and the Writers Union of Canada, the event marked the 49th annual LCP Poetry Conference and Festival.
The Winners of the 2015 League of Canadian Poets Prizes:
2015 Raymond Souster Award:
Washita by Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing)
This $1,000 award honours a book of poetry by a League member publishing in the previous year