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Canada Writes Autobiography Challenge

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CBC’s Canada Writes has announced the autobiography challenge . However, rather than writing your entire autobiography, the competition asks writers to create the title of their autobiography and back-cover blurb for the chance to win an iPad 2. The submission deadline is September 2 at noon and the winner will be announced on September 12. Meanwhile, the site will feature selected submissions daily.

The Fish Quill Poetry Boat Diary

Earlier this month, the Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour participants paddled from Elora to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and stopped along the way to read at cafés, arts venues and local heritage sites. During their travels, they read to welcoming audiences; sang songs around the campfire; coped with rain, rain and rain; got to know the juke box at the Nutty Parrot (see days four and five); admired "prehistoric-looking blue herons"; and dined on camping cuisine, including plenty of salami and cheese sandwhiches. The campers kept a diary along the way, which they generously shared with Open Book.

New Graphic Novel from Von Allan

Canadian writer and artist Von Allan has announced that the second graphic novel in his Stargazer series is due out October 12. The first volume in the all-ages series revolves around three young girls and what happens when they find an artifact that transports the best friends to a strange, new world. The second volume picks up where the girls left off and takes them on a new adventure.

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