Ontario Literary Landmarks

Ontario: Read it Here
A guide to the province's literary landmarks
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Welcome to Open Book: Ontario!, your connection to Ontario's literary scene. Fresh & Local: our fresh daily content includes news, profiles, interviews, features and event listings from across the province. We also invite you to explore Ontario's Literary Landmarks and our seasonal online Magazine. Ontario is a vibrant publishing and culture hub, and Open Book is committed to showcasing the people, places, writing and happenings of our literary scene. Enjoy!

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Richard Thomas: An Excerpt

Horseshoe to Gumshoe: The D.B. Murphy Omnibus features three of Thomas' D.B. Murphy detective novels and a previously unpublished novella.

"I know a lot generally about the history of Owen Sound," Thomas said. "But I pick the time frame for the novel, and I research it thoroughly. So I go through all the local newspapers and I add in bits of things that were actually happening in the area at the time."

A Literary City

Owen Sound may no longer be the booming port city that it was in the 19th century, as depicted in Terry Griggs’ historical novel Rogues’ Wedding, but the literary scene is very much alive and continues to spread its roots across the Grey & Bruce County region.

The evidence of this active artistic community can be seen at street level. As Cailey and I walked up 2nd Avenue, having just arrived in Owen Sound for the first time, we noticed the abundance of bookstores. Clear signals, we thought, of a city with a deep passion for literature.

A Literary Life

Ross Pennie may be an infectious disease specialist and a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., but writing is his passion.

“I see there are two parts of myself,” said Pennie. “The doctoring part and the writing part. I say doctoring is my vocation and writing is my passion.”

At the young age of 25, Pennie went to Papua New Guinea as a medical volunteer and came back to Ontario a changed man.

Owen Sound's Literary Spirit

There wasn’t an ounce of hesitation when we asked Maryann Thomas, owner and publisher of Ginger Press, who her favourite Canadian authors were. Having published his D.B. Murphy detective series, Richard Thomas was the first writer that popped into her mind.

D.B. Murphy may be a well-known character to the readers of Owen Sound and the surrounding Grey & Bruce County area, but it’s Thomas himself, the man behind the case-cracking protagonist, who is beloved in the community.

Kids Can Press Partners with ONEXONE

Kids Can Press has partnered with ONEXONE to raise funds for children’s charities with David J. Smith’s new book, This Child, Every Child. The partnership was announced on Saturday, September 11th at ONEXONE gala at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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