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Weekly Round Up: Open Book Toronto

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This week has flown by, and it's sometimes hard to remember what just happened. And so here's the weekly round up of Open Book Toronto to refresh your memories or provide you with something that you may have missed.

Stuart Hamilton, author of Opening Windows: Confessions of a Canadian Vocal Coach (Dundurn), tells Open Book about his sweet tooth, the importance of humour and the two composers he most adores in his Proust Questionnaire. Read it here.

The illustrator of A Good Trade (Pajama Press), Karen Patkau discusses the experience of capturing this story in illustrations, her favourite things to draw and her influences as an artist. You can read her interview here.

In this week's Poets in Profile, Open Book interviews Sarah Pinder, who has recently published to wide acclaim her first collection of poetry, Cutting Room (Coach House Books). Read her interview here.

Upsetting news this week: D&M Publishers (including Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books) has filed for Bankruptcy Protection. D&M is one of Canada's largest remaining independent publishers, and has vowed to "carry on its operations during this restructuring process." For more information, visit the Open Book: Toronto News page.

In this week's At the Desk, Sam Sutherland discusses his creative processes and the workspaces that inspired him to write his new book, Perfect Youth (ECW Press), which covers the origins, myths and general badass-ery of the punk movement in Canada. Read it here.

Canada Reads has announced the top ten books in each of five regions across the country (British Columbia & Yukon, Prairies & the North, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces). To read more about the award, read the Open Book: Toronto News page. To find out who made the cut, visit the Canada Reads website.

And more sad news: Raymond Souster, the "true bard of Toronto," passed away this week on October 19th. Read the moving In Memoriam of Souster by James Deahl here.

In Dalton Higgins' edition of the Dirty Dozen, Dalton shares a bevy of interesting facts and stories from Ethiopian food to unshakable nicknames. His latest book, Far From Over: The Music and Life of Drake, the Unofficial Story (ECW Press), is being launched on November 1. Read Dalton's interview here.

Every year the Scotiabank Giller Prize changes one author's life. And on that night, the Giller Light Bash happens in multiple cities across Canada. This year, the Giller Light Toronto is giving away a prize package of the nominated books. For more about the contest, visit here.

This week's Guest Blog features Melody A. Johnson, who writes about the inspiration for her play, Miss Caledonia, and the process of writing it. To read the blog and to find out more information about Melody's place, visit the Open Book: Toronto News page.

Jonathan Ball has recently released his third collection of poetry, The Politics of Knives (Coach House Books). Jonathan has been called one of Canada's "most exciting young poets" and praised for his genre-bending work. Read his interview with Open Book: Toronto here.

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