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Weekly Round Up: Open Book Toronto

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Just in case you've been in your storm shelter all week and have just come out, here's the Open Book Toronto Weekly Roundup!

R.D. Cain has recently released his detective novel, Dark Matter (ECW Press), which continues the adventures of Dectective Steve Nastos. In his edition of On Writing, Cain talks to Open Book about how his career as a first responder informs his writing, the challenges of writing about missing children and what's next for him and Detective Nastos. Read the interview here.

Check out some photos from the launch of Helen Burstyn's Eleven Out of Ten: The Life and Work of David Pecaut (Dundurn) here!

Poetry In Voice is back for their third year! For the first time, the annual poetry recitation competition will extend its reach from Ontario and Quebec to the rest of the country, and more than $20,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded to winners and their school libraries. Read the article here for more information.

Justin Podur is the author of Haiti?s New Dictatorship: The Coup, The Earthquake and the UN Occupation (Between the Lines Books) and in his edition of the Dirty Dozen, Justin tells us about his new book as well as languages, impersonations and online gaming. Read it here.

The 2012 ReLit Award winners were announced on Monday at a special Ottawa International Writers Festival event by Kenneth J. Harvey, a Newfoundland writer and ReLit founder. The award celebrates and honours the best new books from Canadian independent publishers. Winners receive handcrafted gold rings. To find out which authors won, visit here.

And another award was announced the following day, Tuesday: the Scotiabank Giller Prize. At the award ceremony hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, Will Ferguson's 419 (Viking Canada/Penguin Canada) was announced to be this year's recipient of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Read more about it here.

In the third and last stop of the Blog tour, Victoria Dunn, author of Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies (The Workhorsery), tells us about bog snorkelling, the inner lives of zombies, Llanwrtyd Wells and how they wrote their novel. To read more and find out about a cool contest related to Victoria's novel, visit here.

Meet the Presses is proud to announce the third Indie Literary Market, taking place in Toronto on November 17. In addition, the shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award was also announced. The winner of the $2,000 prize will be revealed at the market. To find out who made the shortlist, visit here.

A Halloween-themed Dirty Dozen? That's right! Corey Redekop, author of Husk (ECW Press), tells us about creepy crawlies, shark-infested waters and raisins for Halloween. Read on for the extra tricks and treats!

This week's Poet in Profile is Sonia Di Placido, who is the author of Exaltation in Cadmium Red (Guernica Editions). Sonia speaks to Open Book about her experiences in theatre and performance, the possibility of a female Dante and the surprising utility of anger. Read the interview here.

Yesterday, November 1, it was announced that David Groix is November's OBT Writer in Residence! David is here to answer your writerly questions. You can send them to [email protected] or post them directly to his blog. For more information, visit here.

Newfoundland-based writer Grant Loveys, author of Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed (ECW Press), takes on the Proust Questionnaire! Read his responses here.

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