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Weekly Round Up: Open Book Toronto

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Today, sadly, my internship has come to an end. It's been a pleasure rounding up the weeks of OBT for you. So here's one last weekly round up of Open Book Toronto from me!

Exciting news: Sachiko Murakami is OBT's December Writer in Residence (WiR). For more details and for information regarding a contest, mosey on over here.

Susan Nielsen, author of The Reluctant Journey of Henry K. Larsen (Random House Canada), which won the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award for children's literature, takes on the Dirty Dozen. Read on to hear from Susin about issues with names, pink hair and doomed kisses right here.

Read to Me is a new series from Open Book that showcases magical children’s books that kids will ask you to read multiple times, and that you’ll love reading. This week, A Hen for Izzy Pippik (Kids Can Press), written by Aubrey Davis and illustrated by Marie Lafrance, is featured. Read about the book and why kids will love it (and why grown ups will love it too) here.

Time to get the C.H.I.P. membership for the holidays! What's C.H.I.P.? It's the Coach House Import Person. Click here to find out more about the program and what it means to be a C.H.I.P.

Michael Boughn, author of Great Canadian Poems for the Aged (BookThug), speaks with Open Book about the slippery concept of Canadian identity, his all-time favourites in the genre and what's up next for him. Read the interview here.

The longlist for the 2013 Taylor Prize for non-fiction was announced earlier this week. Check out who made the longlist here.

Beatriz Hausner, author of Enter the Raccoon, talks to Open Book about influential early experiences, the poet who taught her how to write Eros and the surprising poetic inspiration of clothing in her edition of Poets in Profile. Read it here.

This week's guest blog features Kathleen Rea. Read about her struggles with dyslexia and how he overcame them here.

rush: what fuckan theory; a study uv language (BookThug) by bill bissett has just been re-issued, 40 years after it was originally published. In his (phonetic) edition of On Writing, bill talks about re-issuing rush, who Canadians will be reading in 40 years and what is up next for him. See if you can follow along here!

Cristina Rizzuto gives some holiday shopping advice: Buy a book. Find out why buying a book is "an intimate and thoughtful act" here.

Domenico Capilongo, author of Subtitles & Other Stories (Guernica Editions), talks to Open Book about working in multiple genres, far-flung settings and his all-time favourite book of short fiction. Read the interview here.

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