25th Trillium Award

Weekly Round Up: Open Book Ontario

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A lot has happened this week! Here's an update of the interviews and features on Open Book: Ontario this week:

Stewart Cole starts a blog entitled The Urge because of his dissatisfaction with the lack of poetry reviews available to the public. Stewart decided to take it upon himself to provide his "considered engagement with a single book per month." Each book he reviews will be from the current publishing season and will be divided equally between male and female poets. For more information, visit here.

Tamas Dobozy just released a collection of thirteen linked stories called Siege 13 with Thomas Allen Publishers, which has recently been shortlisted for the Writer's Trust Award for fiction. Check out his answers to the Proust Questionnaire here.

Canada Writes announced the finalists for the 2012 CBC Poetry Prize. They are: Stephanie Bolster (Montreal, QC) for ?Long Exposure,? Sadiqa de Meijer (Kingston, ON) for ?Great Aunt Unmarried,? Catherine Greenwood (Victoria, BC) for ?The Texada Queen,? Emily McGiffin (Smithers, BC) for ?Stikine Country,? Marion Quednau (Mission, BC) for ?Yesterday, I Looked Inside.? For mor information, visit here.

Open Book's back to school recommendation list was released this week. You can see the recommendations here.

Pamela Mordecai is launching her new collection of poetry, Subversive Sonnets (TSAR Publications), in Toronto on Thursday, September 20th at Beit Zatoun. To anticipate the new release, she takes on the Proust Questionnaire! Check out her answers here.

Writers' Trust Journey and Fiction Prize Shortlists were announced this week. The shortlist writers are: Tim Bowling, The Tinsmith (Brindle & Glass Publishing); Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13 (Thomas Allen Publishers); Rawi Hage, Carnival (House of Anansi Press); Alix Ohlin, Inside (House of Anansi Press); Linda Spalding, The Purchase (McClelland & Stewart). For more information, visit here.

The North Words Muskoka Literary Festival is holding a contest on their Facebook page to enter a chance to win tickets for their Night of Awesome event. For more information, visit here.

The CWILA seeks applications for Critic-in-Residence.CWILA has raised funds to support a Critic in Residence for one year, for a stipend of $2,000. The Critic in Residence's primary focus will be to write critical essays and book reviews to be submitted for publication in Canadian review venues. For more information, visit here.

Lizann Flatt, author of Counting on Fall, tells us five things literary about Muskoka. For more, visit here.

Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) and The Writers? Trust of Canada announced that they have reached an agreement to promote the five shortlist nominees for the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers? Trust Prize for Nonfiction. For more information, visit here.

This week Matthew Tierney has been guest blogging for The National Post's Afterword. Don't miss his posts on why my novel writing days are over, how the young poets are crushing it, the wrong way to write and writing versus the big bang.

Judith Millar talks to Open Book about her new "ghoul-ash" book, Grave Concern (General Store Publishing House). Check out the interview here.

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